Hungary GP: Race notes - Toro Rosso


Carlos Sainz: "A great race! I managed to do a very good start, went around the outside of both McLarens into Turn 1 and held onto my position into Turn 2. At this point, I saw that maybe I was also capable of getting a Mercedes, but I decided to back-off a bit and play it safe because the work was done. From then onwards it was a very tough task to defend from Fernando, as he was much faster than us today. In the end he got past us but I'm happy to have been able to hold on to that seventh position… For us this is like gold at the moment! All in all, it's been a very positive weekend with a perfect Quali yesterday, a fantastic start and race today… I can now go on holiday happy and very satisfied with my first half of the season - I've ended up in the points in every race I've finished up until now, which is a good statistic to hold onto, and I'm enjoying this mid-field battle. I look forward to the second half of the year!"

Daniil Kvyat: "It was a great race where we were not rewarded, unfortunately. We had good pace out there today and I think that, without the grid penalty, we could've been fighting for points. On the positive side, it's good to bring the car home and to gain five positions at a track like the Hungaroring isn't bad - I enjoyed it out there today! I'm now looking forward to the summer break and having some time off before focusing again to get the best out of the second half of the season!"

Franz Tost (Team Principal): "Carlos had a great start to today's race and was racing in P6 by the end of the first lap. He defended this position against attacks from Alonso in a very good and professional way. He then came in for a pit-stop, which I have to say was a fantastic one - we did it in around 2.0 seconds, it was very fast! Therefore we stayed in front of Alonso, even though later on he was able to overtake Carlos - his car was simply faster today. Carlos brought the car home in seventh place and I think this was the maximum he could get out of the package today. Regarding Daniil, he was in a very difficult situation, starting from P16 after the three-place grid penalty he was given yesterday. He started on the soft tyres and gained two positions straight after the start. Our calculations made us leave him out as long as possible on those tyres while the other cars, racing on supersofts, were coming in to pit. This allowed Daniil to race in free air, even though he did find traffic at times - especially at the end with Magnussen, who was on the supersoft and it was therefore difficult to overtake him. In the end Daniil finished in eleventh position, which was the best possible result for him today. The team did a very good job over the weekend. We improved the performance of the car from Friday to Sunday and to finish in the points here is a very good result to go into the summer break with. We will certainly push again next time out in Spa-Francochamps!"

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Published: 30/07/2017
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