The best result for Honda since returning to F1 – Gasly P4 for Toro Rosso #F1 #BahrainGP will cast doubts in McLaren & Sainz? And provide thoughts for Red Bull?
McLaren for changing Honda to Renault and Sainz because he was rumored to take Dan Ric place in Red Bull if Daniel left in 2019. Sainz could only finish 11th in the Renault. Team Mate Hulkenberg finished 6th.
Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver Pierre Gasly’s drive to fourth place in the Bahrain Grand Prix “made a man out of him”, according to Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko.
Gasly, in only his seventh F1 race, gave the Toro Rosso-Honda partnership its first points of the season, having started the race in fifth place after Lewis Hamilton’s penalty promoted him from his qualifying result of sixth.
The Frenchman’s fourth place was Honda’s best result since it returned to F1 with McLaren in 2015, as well as Toro Rosso’s seventh top-four finish in its history – its first since Carlos Sainz Jr’s fourth at the Singapore Grand Prix last year.
Marko says that Toro Rosso’s target was to challenge the midfield, but not as early as Bahrain.
“That made a man out of him,” said Marko. “His reward is the fourth place. All our drivers have a very good bonus system. This will more than please him.
“I didn’t expect a fourth place that early – but it’s a positive development. It was the target to challenge the midfield with this engine. Not here, but in the first half of the season.”