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Telemetry, my dear Watson // A small management change at STR ahead of 2015

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A small management change at STR ahead of 2015
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Following the departure of Steve Nielsen to Williams, Toro Rosso find themselves down one sporting director. Instead of hiring another to replace the outgoing man, the Scuderia have opted to give existing team manager Graham Watson dual duties for the time being. Watson takes on the tasks that Nielsen leaves behind, having only joined the team himself in September - moving from the Caterham squad.

The team have undergone many changes ahead of the 2015 season, particularly with an all new driver lineup of Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Jr. Despite the young age of their drivers, team boss Franz Tost is feeling more confident about the year to come than the one just gone.

“From 38 race starts, we posted ten DNFs, but nine of them came in the first ten races, up to the German Grand Prix. One was down to a collision, five were due to a Toro Rosso problem, with the remaining four being related to the power unit. Jean-Éric actually completed all races from Austria onwards. This means the general trend in terms of reliability was positive and it's something we must carry forward into 2015."

He's also happy with the way the team are working back at the factory, adding: "The parts were of better quality and they fitted together much better, so well done to the different departments, we are working in the right direction."