Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost has said that the Italian team is capable of keeping its current fifth place in the Constructors' Championship, despite the highly competitive nature of the 2017 midfield. So far, the team is only trailing Mercedes, Ferrari, Red Bull and Force India in the standings, having beaten its direct rivals Williams, Renault and Haas F1.
Speaking to GP Gazette, Tost said: "We're now in fifth place in the championship, and very close with the others as well. That means after each race it could change. But at least we have scored the points. I think we have a package which is quite competitive from the car side, and also from the engine side. The drivers are doing a good job, and also the team has made steps forward."
Tost may be confident about Toro Rosso's prospects in fifth, but he evidently does not expect it to rise any higher, seeing Force India as being too far ahead for the Faenza squad to reel in. Of his very impressive rivals, he added: "Force India has scored many, many points, especially in Barcelona. They have a very strong package, I must say with Mercedes, they are very strong on the car side. They also made quite good steps forward.
"I do not want to become high-headed. I think the fifth place is realistic, and I'll be more than happy at the end of the year when we score the fifth place. Then I'll invite you for a dinner with a party!"