As home to all but three of the F1 teams, one of those exceptions being Scuderia Toro Rosso, the British GP weekend is always manic because there always seems to be more going on, which is great for the fans, less good for the traffic situation, but also involves the non-Brits in slightly more than usual off-track activity. Sky Sport TV organised an event which saw both our drivers being interviewed along with their fellow drivers on the grid on the main straight. Yes even on Thursday, there’s a good crowd opposite the pits at Silverstone, soaking up the atmosphere and hoping for a glimpse of the stars. Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniil Kvyat were also invited to help out a group of rising stars from the World Series by Renault, providing a valuable insight into what life in Formula 1 is like.
While normal Grand Prix activity runs for the four days from Thursday to Sunday, all the teams will be here at the famous former airfield for a full seven days because, after a one day break on the Monday after the British Grand Prix, track action resumes for two days of testing. In the Toro Rosso camp, Jean-Eric Vergne will be at the wheel on Tuesday, while Daniil Kvyat takes over for the second day. With this hectic timetable, at least the team can enjoy staying somewhere calm and quiet, as it’s become a tradition that everyone uses a hotel overlooking a golf course, near the town of Bicester, which is home to our wind tunnel facility. Indeed, the engineers and staff from there will be heading up to Silverstone over the two days of testing to see the results of their labours at first hand.
Daniil was one of the six drivers in the FIA Press Conference this afternoon and he had an optimistic view of how the rest of the season might pan out. “We had quite good speed so far, which we couldn’t consolidate into some good results unfortunately. But, as we have the speed, we do have something to fight for and we’ll just keep on fighting. It doesn’t feel like half a season so far. We’ll see what the next half of the season will bring us.”