Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda technical director Jody Eggington was not pleased about the results at the Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix, with Daniil Kvyat finishing outside the points and Pierre Gasly retiring due to a gearbox issue.
Despite Kvyat moving up five positions from his starting position of 17th, AlphaTauri did not expect the soft tyres to wear as fast as they did, compromising the strategy the Russian had and knocking him out of contention for the points positions.
“Not a great result today. We had to retire Pierre’s car early on due to a gearbox issue and we were not able to move Dany forwards into the points, both of which are disappointing,” Egginton said in a press release.
“The inter tyre was the obvious choice for the start of the race but the soft tyre we elected to fit at the first stop suffered more degradation than we expected, so we were forced to bring Dany’s second stop forward, fitting the hard and trying to go longer.
“With the forecast rain not materialising we unfortunately had no opportunity to get back into the fight for points today, finishing 12th. Overall, although the car has shown some reasonable pace at various points this weekend, we have not got it all together here in Hungary and this is something we will be working hard to resolve ahead of the next race.”
After this weekend, AlphaTauri sits seventh in the constructors standings with seven points. Eggington and the team will have a chance to redeem themselves at the British Grand Prix on 02 August.