Franz Toast: Pierre performed fantasticallySeptember 23, 2019
The Singapore stage brought Toro Rosso four points for Pierre Gasley’s eighth place. Daniil Kvyat failed to finish in the top ten – he finished the race on the 15th.
Pierre Gasley (8th): “I really liked the race! We were not lucky with the first exit of the safety car, but the last circles turned out to be truly exciting!
At first, everything turned out great, I did not even realize that shortly before the pit stop, I was driving second for a while. Because of the safety car, I lost three or four positions, which was very annoying. I had to give my best to pass Kimi Raikkonen, and then I had an interesting battle with Kevin Magnussen and Lance Stroll.
Nice to earn some points! The race turned out to be difficult, but for our team this is an important result for the Cup of designers, where the fight is now extremely tight. I am pleased with how our cooperation is developing, we are progressing with each weekend and will try to continue the positive dynamics in the next races. “
Daniil Kvyat (15th): “It’s just not my day. When the race develops in this way, you need to admit your own mistakes and move on. I had a chance to earn points, I missed him, being stuck behind rivals and failing to demonstrate my best aerobatics.
I don’t want to make excuses, but I had problems with fogging the mirrors, because of which it was much more difficult to defend. Due to poor visibility in the mirrors, I had to leave more space for my opponents just in case. Later, in a collision with Kimi Raikkonen, my car was damaged, it became even more difficult, but by that time the race was already lost. “
Franz Toast, team leader: “The Singapore Grand Prix has once again become a highlight of the season. The filled stands provided a special atmosphere, it is nice to see such a high interest in Formula 1!
The race was interesting from the very beginning, and numerous overtaking and three safety car exits added drama. We did not perform in the best way in qualifying, but due to fines from rivals, Pierre started from eleventh place, and Daniel – from fourteenth. Their strategy was different: Gasli spent the first segment on Hard tires, and Quat – on Medium, moreover, Daniel was not happy with the tires, complained of a lack of grip, and we called him for a pit stop a little earlier than we planned.
When the safety car arrived, we decided to adjust the tactics and re-called Kvyata for a pit stop to put him Soft tires. Due to better traction, he accelerated the pace, made some impressive attacks, but, unfortunately, ran into Kimi Raikkonen, lost his position and finished the race only in the fifteenth.
Pierre performed fantastically, today he was completely satisfied with the machine and the chosen strategy. He gradually approached Lando Norris, but did not have time to overtake him. Nevertheless, Gasley finished eighth – this is one of his best performances for Toro Rosso. In a week we have a stage in Sochi – I hope it will be no less spectacular than this Singapore Grand Prix! “
Toyoharu Tanabe, CTO of Honda F1: “Pierre Gasley made some great attacks today and earned a valuable four points for the team. Daniil Quat showed a good pace, but could not finish in the top ten. Today, three out of four cars with Honda power plants are in the top ten, but we understand that we must continue to work to reach the same level with rivals. ”
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