Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly says he will be pushing his team to sustain a consistent development pace for its STR13 for the remainder of 2018.

The Spanish Grand Prix was an opportunity for many teams to implement significant updates on their 2018 cars, but the Faenza-based squad kept its changes to a minimum in Barcelona.

The team will introduce new parts next week in Monaco and next month in Montreal, and Gasly hopes the update momentum will continue thereafter.

“From my side I’ll keep pushing them until the last race to bring me as much performance as I can,” the Frenchman told Motorsport Week.

“It’s way too early to think about next year. I’m more like someone who tries to focus on what’s happening right now and maximise the potential we have now.

“Of course at some point more and more resources will go to next year’s car, but what I’m trying to focus on is to make the best of what we have.”

Gasly points to the fierce level of performance in F1’s mid-field and the improvements of its rivals to justify a relentless development push.

“We see the other teams are competitive, Renault did a big step, Force India did a huge step in Baku, you can see the others are improving massively and we need to make sure we are improving as well,” adds the 22-year-old.

“We should stay focused on this year, we saw we had good potential if we extract everything from the car as we did in Bahrain.

“That’s what we should target to do every weekend even if it’s difficult but I think the most important on my side is keep pushing them till the last race of the season to maximise our package.”

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