Toro Rosso still learning about Spanish GP upgrades


Toro Rosso are still learning about its Spanish Grand Prix upgrades - Credit: Alex Caparros/Getty Images

James Key admits that the Scuderia Toro Rosso team still have work to do in order to learn how to make its upgrades work after a tricky introduction at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Daniil Kvyat qualified at the very back of the grid at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and Carlos Sainz Jr was eliminated in Q2, but the further the weekend developed, the more both drivers came accustomed to the upgrades, and both were rewarded with point finishes on race day.

Technical Director Key said that it was tricky to get the car working as they wanted early during the weekend in Spain, and with more track time they will continue to learn more about the way the upgrades will work.

“It was a tricky weekend actually,” said Key to Motorsport.com. “There are a lot of changes on the car, and we had to work on it more than we thought to get the right balance windows.

“There are a few things which needed to be tweaked to work properly, a few things which perhaps weren’t working in the way we thought, so we had to back-track.

“There’s a bit of work to do with this new package to extract the most out of it, more than we thought we’d have.

“A lot of Friday was spent trying to do that, and recognising how we needed to set the car up to get the most out of it.

“On Saturday we just about got there, but Carlos was much happier with it than Dany. By the race it coalesced into something that was much closer to what we expected.”