French Grand Prix 2019

Tough race for us, today… here is our team’s reaction at the end of the 8th round of the 2019 Formula 1 season:

French Grand Prix 2019 by Scuderia Toro Rosso

Daniil Kvyat (STR14-03, Car 26)
Race: Pos. 14th

French Grand Prix 2019 with Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso

I think the race wasn’t too bad today. In the end, we did the best job possible and we had some good battles on track, I made a nice move on the outside of Grosjean and had an enjoyable battle with Alex towards the end of the race – it was quite fun! I’m not sure where we would have finished if we had of started further up the grid without the penalty, but I think it would have been a bit of a challenge to finish inside the points today. Now we need to analyse everything in order to come back stronger in Austria.”

 

Alexander Albon (STR14-04, Car 23)
Race: Pos. 15th

French Grand Prix 2019 with Alex Albon Scuderia Toro Rosso

“Unfortunately, our race was compromised from lap one as I went wide into Turn 2 and got boxed out. I didn’t realise how much grip there was on the outside and I lost a few positions. We were quicker than the cars in front but struggled to get past them as everyone was in the DRS train, so I spent most of the race behind another car. We lacked a bit of pace today, so we need to understand why and where we can improve. It was good fun battling with Dany, however, fighting for positions outside of the points is not where either of us wants to be.”

 

French GP 2019 with Alex Albon Scuderia Toro Rosso

Guillaume Dezoteux (Head of Vehicle Performance):

This is not the race we were hoping for here in Paul Ricard. We were immediately on the back foot after the first lap when Alex lost several positions and Daniil got overtaken by Russell. Daniil was able to recover some ground during his first stint and he successfully challenged Alex towards the end of the race for P14, which offered a good show. All in all, he had a solid race and managed his tyres well.

Alex went wide in Turn 2 after the start and lost five positions. After having spent 14 laps in traffic, he was able to overtake Magnussen and recover some of the time lost to the train of cars he started with. Unfortunately, it was only enough to clear Giovinazzi after the pit stop. A mistake in Turn 7 meant he lost a place and had to fight again to get his position back. We were then too far away from the cars ahead and the blue flags compromised the last part of his race. We only managed to finish P14 and P15 today, which is disappointing after a decent Qualifying and the reasonable pace we had on Friday. We will analyse all of the data and prepare for the next race as best as possible to hopefully get a better result in Austria.”

 

Toyoharu Tanabe (Honda F1 Technical Director):

“This was a tough race for us, but as usual, Max drove a strong race to finish where he started, with the three cars ahead of him also finishing in grid order. Although all our cars took the chequered flag, our other three drivers had a more difficult afternoon. Our new Spec 3 PU performed as expected, but there is still room for improvement, and we will continue to work on that immediately to try for a better overall result next weekend in Austria.”

 

Session Result

POSDRIVERTEAMTIME
1Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport1:24:31.198
2Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport18.056
3Charles LeclercScuderia Ferrari18.985
4Max VerstappenAston Martin Red Bull Racing34.905
5Sebastian VettelScuderia Ferrari1:02.796
6Carlos SainzMcLaren F1 Team1:35.462
7Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo Racing1 LAP(s)
8Nico HülkenbergRenault F1 Team1 LAP(s)
9Lando NorrisMcLaren F1 Team1 LAP(s)
10Pierre GaslyAston Martin Red Bull Racing1 LAP(s)
11Daniel RicciardoRenault F1 Team1 LAP(s)
12Sergio PérezSportPesa Racing Point F1 Team1 LAP(s)
13Lance StrollSportPesa Racing Point F1 Team1 LAP(s)
14Daniil KvyatRed Bull Toro Rosso Honda1 LAP(s)
15Alexander AlbonRed Bull Toro Rosso Honda1 LAP(s)
16Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo Racing1 LAP(s)
17Kevin MagnussenRich Energy Haas F1 Team1 LAP(s)
18Robert KubicaROKiT Williams Racing2 LAP(s)
19George RussellROKiT Williams Racing2 LAP(s)
20Romain GrosjeanRich Energy Haas F1 Team9 LAP(s)

Fastest Lap

DRIVERTEAMTIMEFAST IN LAP
Sebastian VettelScuderia Ferrari1:32.74053