Toro Rosso: We should be competitive during qualifying

Jean-Eric Vergne

Jean-Eric Vergne

 

Toro Rosso drivers and team report from day one of free practice at the Canadian Grand Prix, Round 7 of the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship, at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on IleNotre Dame in Montreal.

Jean-Eric Vergne (STR9-04)

  • First Practice Session Best lap: 1:18.643, pos. 10th, 14 laps
  • Second Practice Session Best lap: 1:17.180, pos. 10th, 40 laps

“Despite the little issue that we had this morning, which cut my session short, we managed to still achieve a good test programme today. As for the car performance, I’m not 100 percent happy because, even though it looked quite promising in the morning, we lost some speed in the afternoon. On the positive side, the long run pace was not too bad and we know in which areas we have to work to improve for FP3 and Qualifying, so I remain pretty confident for tomorrow.”

Daniil Kvyat (STR9-03)

  • First Practice Session Best lap: 1:19.177, pos. 15th, 21 laps
  • Second Practice Session Best lap: 1:18.732, pos. 19th, 9 laps

“We had some problems with the car today that limited my track time. That’s not ideal as I have never driven here before, but thanks to a useful simulator session last week, I found myself quite confident with the track straight away and felt able to attack the kerbs and the corners. It’s a very interesting circuit, very different to anything else we have raced on so far. Apart from the problem, the car felt good, so I am still confident and feel we can aim high for tomorrow.”

Laurent Mekies (Head of Vehicle Performance): “It was a very mixed day for us, because we struggled to get all the track running we wanted to get done today with various issues in the morning with JEV and in the afternoon with Daniil. As a result we have completed a lot less laps than planned and our programme was therefore condensed. It will be tricky to analyse everything tonight, but on a positive note the underlying speed was there straight away from both drivers. JEV has always performed very well here and Daniil who despite the very few laps today was up to speed in a very short amount of time. If we can put all the things together and get enough running done during tomorrow’s FP3, we should still be able to be competitive during Qualifying.”

Ricardo Penteado (Renault Sport F1 track support leader): “Today we had good and bad points. We had a battery problem on JEV’s car in FP1 and needed to end the session early, but after changing the part we had a trouble-free FP2 and collected a lot of data. Daniil also had a tough FP1 and then aborted his afternoon session with a fuel leak that damaged some of the internals of the Power Unit. We’ll have to change the PU but with a new unit we are hopeful we won’t see the same issues again over the rest of the weekend. We’ve nevertheless collected a lot of information and it will be useful to improve tomorrow.”