Toro Rosso: “We didn’t have the pace we needed today”

Toro Rosso will leave Germany disappointed after failing to continue their four race points finishing streak after a difficult weekend at the Nurburgring.

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The Italian outfit saw Daniel Ricciardo slump to 12th after starting the race from sixth on the grid, while Frenchman, Jean Eric-Vergne failed to finish the race after suffering a hydraulics problem on his STR8.

Daniel Ricciardo pointed the finger at a lack of grip on the prime tyres for his disappointing result.

The Australian said: “After the start, I was able to hold position on the Option, but once we pitted for the Prime tyre, I really struggled for pace and couldn’t push as hard as I wanted to in order to get more out of the car.

“I did try to push more, but the car wouldn’t take it and I began to lock the brakes and slide too much, as I didn’t have enough grip. This meant I had to drive more smoothly, but it was very frustrating going round and round, gradually slipping backwards.

“I can’t explain why for now, so we will need to look at the data to see why we were just too slow for much of the weekend.”

Jean-Eric Vergne, who struggled with his car all weekend added: “There’s not much to say today, because after not having a good pace all weekend, today there was no change.

“I found the car very difficult to drive right from the start, then there was the moment at my pit stop, when I had to brake hard to avoid Di Resta who was released from his pit right in front of me, which cost me more time.

“On lap 23 the team told me they had spotted a fault with the hydraulics and called me in to retire. It’s extremely disappointing, as this is my second consecutive race retirement. A weekend to forget.”

Toro Rosso Team Principal Franz Tost bemoaned a difficult weekend for the team, but is confident that the updates the team are planning to bring to Hungary will move the team forward.

“We didn’t have the pace we needed today and Daniel did what he could, fighting with the Saubers and Force Indias, finishing ahead of one of each of them, but we were not quick enough to chase the McLarens, which were very strong today,” he said. “For these reasons, we just fell out of the points zone.

“We knew this weekend would be a bit more difficult for us, as the track would not be best suited to the characteristics of our car. However, we have a few new updates planned for Hungary and before that we have two weeks to try and make further progress with our car.”

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