SILVERSTONE, 4th July 2014 (F1 Plus / Graham Keilloh) - After a recent tough time for the Toro Rosso team, after Friday’s practice running for the British Grand Prix there was some encouragement for a small upturn this weekend.
Both of the Faenza cars were around the bottom end of the top 10 throughout, and Jean-Eric Vergne finished the second session in tenth place while Daniil Kvyat ended up twelfth. This was despite Vergne having to stop early in that second session when a wheel worked loose leaving him stranded out on track.
But still the Frenchman was quietly satisfied with his Friday efforts, albeit with some notes of caution. ‘Besides the incident towards the end of FP2, it was a good day’ said Vergne.
‘The performance on the short run is not where we want to be, but the long runs seem pretty good. If we can find out how we can go a little bit quicker on the short runs I think the rest of the weekend looks encouraging. It is not like last weekend in Austria where we looked very strong already on the Friday. So we have some work to do to find out how to go quicker. Hopefully tomorrow will go better than today.’
His team mate Kvyat also appeared cautious about his practice running: ‘It was a normal Friday where we tried to work through our programme. Conditions out there were quite tricky. It was windy and the track slippery. Regarding the balance of the car, I wasn’t completely satisfied today, so as usual, we will look at all the data tonight and find a way to improve for tomorrow.’
The team’s Technical Director James Key nevertheless found in Friday’s running reasons to look ahead to the rest of the weekend with some hope: ‘In general the day went OK even though we had a problem on Jean-Eric’s car, which we are looking into now’ he said.
‘We lost a bit of balance as the track temperature increased, so we were slightly less competitive in FP2. Having said this the race pace seemed encouraging, so far so good. But as always, with all the variables, it is very tight.’
Key also was hopeful that at least one Toro Rosso would get into the final part of qualifying on Saturday: ‘For tomorrow’s qualifying we will target the top ten of course, which is where we hope to be at most events, even though this track does not suit our car as much as the Austrian track did. But we are still hopeful we can get to the top ten.’