Alexander Albon believes Toro Rosso does not have the points total it deserves given the pace of its car in the first four races.
Toro Rosso has only advanced to Q3 on one occasion so far this season, with Daniil Kvyat qualifying sixth in last weekend’s Azerbaijan GP. However, the car has looked quick in race trim – Albon charging from a pit lane start all the way to 10th place in China – but has only yielded a total of four points, Albon finishing 11th in Baku.
“At the minute we’re not getting the results we deserve,” Albon said. “We’ve either qualified well or raced well. Daniil proved [in Azerbaijan] the car is quick, and we have been quick in other races. Our issue is just one thing or another not going our way.
“We’ll see in Barcelona,” Albon continued. “We have the data from winter testing, and we’ll see how we fare there.
“Points wise, compared to pace wise, we don’t have the points that our pace shows. There’s missed opportunities there, because the points don’t look great. But we can fight back.
“As I said, we know the car is quick and we’ll be strong in Barcelona.”
While he has impressed in the very early stages of his F1 career, Albon says there are areas he clearly needs to improve, and highlights his Friday running as one of his weaknesses so far.
“I struggle a little bit in FP1 and FP2 to get up to speed. But we’ve changed the run plan on my side a little bit just to make it easier for me to get up to speed. Making the car a little bit more predictable early on Fridays, I can be more aggressive with set-up through the weekend.
“The pace has been okay — even in winter testing it wasn’t too bad. I do feel quite comfortable with the car. I say this a lot, but there are still places I need to improve that I know. I’m still fine-tuning. Also, just with set-up, because one thing in Formula 1 is knowing your tools on the steering and everything — it makes a difference for lap time, so I’m just trying to be a bit more active with everything.”