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Double retirement for Toro Rosso in Austria

Brake issues for Vergne and suspension problem for Kvyat
Sunday, June 22, 2014

 

22nd June, 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - For the second time this year Toro Rosso suffered a double retirement.

Jean-Eric Vergne retired with brake issues while Toro Rosso believe a right rear suspension issue was the cause of Daniil Kvyat’s retirement.

“We have to investigate the problem on Daniil’s rear right suspension, as well as the brake problem on Jean- Eric’s car.” Toro Rosso Team Principal Franz Tost said.

Kvyat said he saw his right rear tyre ‘blow up’ but didn’t know what had happened.

“Around lap 26 I saw my rear right tyre blow up and I was forced to stop.” he said.  

“I’m not quite sure what exactly happened, but we will now analyse everything closely and find out what the problem was today.”

Kvyat was understandably disappointed after having a good weekend and qualifying seventh.

“I’m obviously disappointed with how today turned out, especially because everything was working so well this weekend and it seemed like a promising race.” he said.

“Our pace was strong, our updates and also tyre management worked well. The start was difficult, I lost a few positions but I managed to get a position back.’

“From then on I was able to push hard and it looked like we could have a strong result.”

Vergne retired for fifth time this year and said he had been struggling with his brakes from the start of the race which hindered the tyre’s life.

“I have struggled with the brakes from the beginning of the race. It's difficult to drive the car with such a considerable rear locking.” said the Frenchman.

“It's not good for tyre life and for the balance in general so it was really a tricky race. I was doing my best to finish it at least but in the end I just could not bring the car to the chequered flag.”

The Frenchman remained optimistic and felt the Italian team were making progress.

“There are still a lot of races in front of us and I'm sure we are moving in the right direction for the rest of the season."

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