Mid-season review: Toro Rosso

Toro Rosso has endured a difficult first year as a constructor in their own right, after being taken out from under the Red Bull Technology (RBT) umbrella for 2010. Up until now, the Faenza-based team has enjoyed a competitive supply of Red Bull Racing cars and upgrades, but embarked on its own design and development programme this year following the definitive banning of customer cars.

With a smaller budget and significantly less impressive resources at their disposal than they had while with RBT, the car has been understandably off the pace. While mid-season upgrades arrived on the car at almost ever race last year, they are a rarity this year as the team struggles to keep up with the relentless developments of their main rivals ahead.