Last year 7th (30pts)
All eyes will be on Toro Rosso’s high-profile drivers in Melbourne: Carlos Sainz Jr (son of the Spanish double World Rally Champion) and Max Verstappen (son of ex-F1 driver Jos and at 17 the sport’s youngest-ever entrant).
On paper, the older, more experienced Sainz should lead the way, while Verstappen will hope to do better than another highly rated youngster, Kevin Magnussen – axed from a race seat after just a season. This year, the Renault engine appears stronger and more reliable, and the team’s been working on aerodynamics, so all looks good for a strong midfield attack.
Our verdict: After many years of mediocrity, a promising car and an exciting driver line-up could give Toro Rosso the opportunity to spring a surprise or two this season.
Last year n/a
Did you know? Max’s mother Sophie is the sister of successful GT racing driver Anthony Kumpen.
Did you know? Sainz Jr was the 2014 Formula Renault 3.5 drivers’ champion, having taken seven race victories.