Russian GP: Qualifying team notes - Toro Rosso


Pierre Gasly: "It was so close today! I'm really happy with the lap I did, we knew it would be difficult to make it into the top 10 and we tried everything we could. I think it was one of my best laps for Toro Rosso in Q2 on my first run. I knew that on the second run I really needed to risk it if I wanted to improve, but I couldn't manage to do it. Every weekend we're making a step and I think it was a positive Qualifying. We will line up P16 with the engine penalty, but we still have free tyre choice, so we will see what we can do with the strategy. We'll push flat out and hopefully we can come back through the field."

Daniil Kvyat: "It hasn't been a very smooth weekend so far, but the most important day is tomorrow. We knew we were going to start from the back but it's still a shame to miss Qualifying in my home race. These things happen, we just need to accept it and try to do our best tomorrow for a strong race. I never give in, there's still a chance to save this weekend. I'm a bit short on mileage because of the issues I've had, but I know the track, so I'll try and find a good rhythm in the race."

Claudio Balestri (Chief Engineer - Vehicle Performance): "Mixed feelings today. On Dany's side of the garage, we had an issue on the PU at the start of FP3 and we were forced to change it. As the process requires quite a lot of time and having to start already from the back of the grid due to a previous engine change penalty, we decided not to rush the job and skip Qualifying - it wouldn't have worsened our grid situation for tomorrow. As for Pierre, we were able to produce a good level of performance both in FP3 and Qualifying, especially in the first run of Q2. Unfortunately, that was not enough to progress to Q3. Due to the grid penalties, the race will not be an easy one, but the car showed some good pace during the long runs on Friday, so we will still try to do our best to score points tomorrow."

Toyoharu Tanabe (Honda F1 Technical Director): "Verstappen starts ninth tomorrow and our other three will be further down the back of the grid. However, we still feel they can move up the order and have a good race. Kvyat, suffered a PU failure in FP3, so that we have had to change his PU again and he took no part in qualifying. We will now carry out a full investigation as to the cause."

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Published: 28/09/2019
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