Scuderia Toro Rosso team principle Franz Tost says both drivers could have had the opportunity to finish inside the top ten at Silverstone on Sunday, if they had not collided with each other on the opening lap.
Carlos Sainz Jr. and Danill Kvyat were both involved in the lap one collision that resulted in the retirement of the former and heavily affected the latter’s race, eliminating any chance of any points for the Italian team. Kvyat recovered but was given a drive-through penalty and ended the race in fifteenth.
Tost reflects on what has been a difficult and stressful week for Toro Rosso with scrutineering problems with one of Sainz’ wheel tether on Thursday.
“The weekend here in Silverstone started in a bad way from the very beginning, after the scrutineering process on Thursday,” said Tost.
“I would like to say that the team has never and would never operate its cars in an unsafe condition. We are a professional team operating at the highest level of motorsport and we treat all aspects of the operation of our cars and their safety with the utmost gravity and respect.”
Qualifying for the Toro Rosso drivers was positive with Sainz qualifying fourteenth and Kvyat in twelfth. Sainz moved up one place on the grid thanks to Fernando Alonso‘s penalty meaning both cars started next to each other, but the weekend ended with the collision, a team principle’s nightmare.
“As for the race today, it was a big disappointment for the team because the worst scenario that can ever happen is the collision between team-mates on the first lap of the race. This should not have happened today” stated Tost.
“From a performance point of view, the car would’ve been able to finish within the top ten – Daniil’s lap times were quite competitive, although the floor was damaged, as well as other parts on the car. “
After a disappointing weekend for Toro Rosso, Tost hopes the team can focus and prepare the best way possible for the next race in Hungary at the end of July, the final race before the summer break.
“At the end we finished the race in P15, so with no points, but all we can do is forget about this race weekend and prepare ourselves in the best possible way for Hungary,” said Tost. “This race track should suit us much better and hopefully we can achieve a successful result before the summer break.”