Mexican Grand Prix

Team’s reaction after the race

Mexican Grand Prix 2019 by Scuderia Toro Rosso

Pierre Gasly (STR14-04, Car 10)
Race: Pos. 9th

Mexican Grand Prix 2019 with Pierre Gasly Scuderia Toro Rosso

“It wasn’t easy at all inside of the cockpit, but today I gave everything and I’m happy with scoring two points. Overall the car has been competitive all weekend, which was positive. Starting the race on the Option tyre clearly wasn’t ideal, but we tried to make the best out of it. In the end we managed to make it work which was important for our battle in the Championship.”

 

Daniil Kvyat (STR14-03, Car 26)
Race: Pos. 11th

Mexican Grand Prix 2019 with Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso

“We knew it was going to be difficult today with our starting compound, but we still had high hopes to get some points. I think the race was very strong given the circumstances. In a way we kind of compromised our race with our good Qualifying. I’m quite upset with the penalty I received because as a racing driver, I disagree with it because we are told we are allowed to race. Nico was defending and I was attacking and these things happen, especially on the last corner of the last lap. Despite this, I feel very strong after this weekend; Friday, Qualifying, and the race were all strong for me, so I’m looking forward to getting back on track next week in Austin.”

F1 Mexico 2019 with Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso
Guillaume Dezoteux (Head of Vehicle Performance):

“We had a tough race today in Mexico. Having to start on the soft tyres definitely compromised our race as we had to stop earlier than the other midfield runners to try and make the two-stop strategy work. Daniil drove a strong race and he was showing good pace in the middle stint on the hard tyres. After his last stop, he was catching Stroll in front but couldn’t pass immediately and had to let by a long train of leading cars. The time lost with the blue flags meant he could only catch Hulkenberg on the very last laps. The move on the last corner was a bit ambitious and unfortunately Daniil had a 10s penalty for causing a collision. Pierre had a very similar strategy as he too started on the soft tyre. He lost more time in traffic, especially behind Sainz who was struggling a lot on the hard compound. The second half of the race was competitive as he ran most of the time in free air and he was able to pass Stroll and get closer to Daniil and Hulkenberg. The collision in the last corner allowed him to finish P9.

 

Toyoharu Tanabe (Honda F1 Technical Director):

It was a disappointing race in that we were unable to convert the speed we had shown all weekend into a better result. The Toro Rosso drivers, after showing good pace all weekend,  had a frustrating race, possibly handicapped by having to start on the used Softs from qualifying. But at least Gasly’s two points are useful for the fight for fifth place in the Constructors’ classification. There are only three more races to go and we want to make the most of every opportunity, starting in Austin in a few days’ time.

 

Session Result

POSDRIVERTEAMTIME
1Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport1:36:48.904
2Sebastian VettelScuderia Ferrari01.766
3Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport03.553
4Charles LeclercScuderia Ferrari06.368
5Alexander AlbonAston Martin Red Bull Racing21.399
6Max VerstappenAston Martin Red Bull Racing1:08.807
7Sergio PérezSportPesa Racing Point F1 Team1:13.819
8Daniel RicciardoRenault F1 Team1:14.924
9Pierre GaslyRed Bull Toro Rosso Honda1 LAP(s)
10Nico HülkenbergRenault F1 Team1 LAP(s)
11Daniil KvyatRed Bull Toro Rosso Honda1 LAP(s)
12Lance StrollSportPesa Racing Point F1 Team1 LAP(s)
13Carlos SainzMcLaren F1 Team1 LAP(s)
14Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo Racing1 LAP(s)
15Kevin MagnussenRich Energy Haas F1 Team2 LAP(s)
16George RussellROKiT Williams Racing2 LAP(s)
17Romain GrosjeanRich Energy Haas F1 Team2 LAP(s)
18Robert KubicaROKiT Williams Racing2 LAP(s)
19Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo Racing13 LAP(s)
20Lando NorrisMcLaren F1 Team23 LAP(s)