Pierre’s ninth place in yesterday’s Belgian Grand Prix means that we have finished in the points for three consecutive races, as Brendon was tenth in Silverstone and Pierre was sixth in Hungary. Not bad, especially the Spa result, considering that the fast flowing nature of the iconic track in the Ardennes forest did not, on paper at least, look that suited to our package.
Alright, we’ll say it before you do! The Belgian result owed something to the fact that three cars caught up in the first corner incident could have been expected to take the chequered flag ahead of us, if they had finished the race. Also worth noting that, once Brendon’s Belgian race was compromised, he showed true team spirit, adapting his strategy in a way that would help Pierre make sure of his points.
The first race back after the summer break is always a busy one from a press point of view and once again, Toro Rosso was the centre of much attention after it was announced during the break that Pierre would be switching to Aston Martin Red Bull Racing next year, as the replacement for Daniel Ricciardo who’s moving to Renault. As a team set up specifically to provide a training ground for young Red Bull drivers, we are well used to this scenario and we are as pleased as Pierre is about his move. “Hello Red Bull Racing driver,” were our team principal’s first words to the Frenchman when they met in Spa. “I’m a Toro Rosso driver to the end of the season,” replied Pierre. “That’s the right answer!” said Franz Tost with a smile.
The team flew back from Belgium on Sunday night, sharing a charter flight with our friends from Ferrari as usual and now we can look forward to a short road trip to Round 14 of the World Championship. It’s a special one, its Monza, it’s our home race…