Mechanical issues end Toro Rosso’s push for points

F1 Grand Prix of China - Qualifying

Toro Rosso’s chance of scoring points during the Chinese Grand Prix was spoilt by two separate mechanical issues for both of its drivers.

Max Verstappen was running in eighth after a strong drive into the points, but his race ended just a handful of laps before the chequered flag as he stopped out on track owing to a drive-train failure.

“It’s a disappointing way to end what was being a great race!” said the 17-year-old. “To be running in the points positions but then have to stop the car so close to the end of the race is very frustrating.

“I’m obviously not happy with the final result but as a team we did the best job possible today.

“The car was performing well and even though we are lacking some top speed, the braking and the downforce we have on the car is really good and that helped me to complete some good overtakes, which I enjoyed a lot.”

It was a tough race for Carlos Sainz Jr., who lost time and track position with an early spin, before slowing with a gearbox problem on the back-straight.

The Spaniard was stuck in neutral, and while he did manage to get back up to speed, came home a lowly 13th.

“It was a very difficult race for us today,” explained Sainz. “We started on Prime tyres, but the track was very green and dirty at the beginning, so we immediately suffered a considerable lack of grip.

“While I was really pushing hard to be on top of Force India for the first stint, unfortunately I made a mistake. It’s a real shame!

“From then on, as soon as we put the Soft tyres on, the balance came back and I was feeling comfortable with the car.

“Unfortunately we had an issue with the gearbox, which we still have to investigate, which made us lose more time. Without that problem I think we could’ve been in contention for points.”

Image courtesy of Scuderia Toro Rosso

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