Scuderia Toro Rosso will want to put the disappointment of a double retirement in Austria behind them when they arrive at Silverstone for the British Grand Prix. Daniil Kvyat was on course for points at the Red Bull Ring when his rear suspension failed, while Jean-Eric Vergne retired with brake failure.
The high speed nature of the Silverstone track means that Vergne is another driver on the grid that rates the British Grand Prix amongst his favourites. He was one of the drivers to suffer in 2013 with tyres, showing amazing control when his rear tyre exploded on the Hanger Straight.
“It’s a track I love, one of the best on the calendar, because of all the high speed corners,” said Vergne. “It is very important to have an excellent aero package here as it is all about those high speed turns. With this year’s car it might prove quite tricky as everyone has less downforce to work with.
“It will be interesting to see how the new type of Formula One cars perform around this circuit. I’m looking forward to this race, because driving a Formula One car at Silverstone is really thrilling. I even lived in Milton Keynes for two years, so I know the area well.”
Team-mate Kvyat, the reigning GP3 Series champion, is also looking forward to the event, and enjoys driving the Silverstone track. He took a couple of fourth places in GP3 last season, but will be hard pushed to match that result this weekend for Toro Rosso in F1.
“I really like this track, with plenty of great sections, like Maggotts and Becketts and Copse,” said Kvyat. “The new section is quite technical. The weather can have an effect of course, especially the wind which can catch you out in the high speed corners. Track conditions, wind, its England.
“It’s a bit of a home race for me as I have a flat in Milton Keynes, which is where I spend most of my time. I won’t stay at home for the race weekend though, as it’s better if I can stay closer to the track. It means I won’t have to cook my own breakfast and do my own laundry. I enjoy my time there. We will be trying to make the most of any opportunity.”