Toro Rosso pair Carlos Sainz Jr. and Max Verstappen say they expected to struggle at the Canadian Grand Prix as neither driver finished in the points.
Sainz Jr. completed the race in 12th position while Verstappen was hindered by his early time penalty as he collected 15th place.
"I don’t think we could’ve done much better today," said Sainz Jr.
"We knew this was going to be the toughest race of the season so far and that it would have been difficult to fight for points.
"It was a decent race. I pushed as much as I could and at least we were able to complete some overtakes, but with all the fuel saving and lift-off we had to do, it was very difficult out there today. After a tough weekend, I don’t think a P12 is that bad, but hopefully next time out we can finish in the top 10 again."
Verstappen said that he opted to save his engine rather than battle Marcus Ericsson for 14th position.
"I had a good start and first few laps, where I was able to catch the guys in front of me even though I was on the harder tyre, so we can be happy with my first stint," he said.
"But after my pit-stop, where of course I lost time due to the 10-second penalty, it became a bit of a lonely race. I caught up with Ericsson but I couldn’t get past him on the straights, so I decided to stay behind him, not destroy my tyres and save the engine."