Double DNF leaves Toro Rosso duo disappointed


It was a day of disappointment following a weekend of high ambition for the Scuderia Toro Rosso team at Silverstone, with neither Carlos Sainz Jr nor Max Verstappen seeing the chequered flag on Sunday.

Sainz was on course for a top ten finish, running in ninth before his car turned itself off, leaving the Spaniard frustrated at the outside of Club Corner.

“Not the best of endings to a race that was looking good,” revealed Sainz. “It was a tough start to the race and during the first stint I struggled a bit, but as soon as I pitted for another set of tyres we picked up the pace and started to push.

“From then on, it was all going really well, running comfortably in P9 and waiting for the rain to arrive, but suddenly my car just switched off and that was the end.

“It’s a very frustrating way to end the weekend here at such an amazing track as Silverstone.”

Team-mate Verstappen’s race was far shorter, spinning out of the race on the restart after the safety car period, finding himself stuck in the gravel at Farm corner.

“A very short race for me unfortunately,” said Verstappen. “I didn’t have the best of starts and I suffered from a lot of wheel-spin.

“Luckily I was able to escape from the crashes that happened in front of me, but when the race restarted after the Safety Car period I suddenly lost the rear of the car at Turn 2. Even though I only damaged the front wing a bit, I wasn’t able to reverse and my race ended there.

“A shame, but we can’t change it now so we just need to focus on the next race, keep my head up and come back stronger.”