Toro Rosso's Franz Tost proved a happy man after today's Chinese Grand Prix as Daniil Kvyat added another point to the team's championship counter. Jean-Eric Vergne on the other hand saw his race compromised by a poor start and finished 12th.
Daniil Kvyat, STR9-03, 10th: “It felt great today and I’m very happy with my performance. I had a good start and I managed to make up some positions during the first lap. Our pace was very strong today and I enjoyed the fight with Jenson pretty much throughout the race. We did a good job with the tyre management, so we were able to stay out longer. Even though it all went very well today, I think there’s still a lot more to come from the car, so I’m really looking forward to starting the European part of the season, where I hope to get some more points.”
Jean-Eric Vergne, STR9-04, 12th: “First of all, congratulations to Daniil for his good race and another point for him and the team. As for my race, I had a bad start and a bad first lap. We need to understand what happened exactly to improve this aspect. After that, I could not make the best out of the option tyres because I was stuck behind Button, so it was not possible to build a gap and pull away. It was definitely a tough race but we should not have to forget some positive aspects: we had a really good qualifying yesterday, the general pace was not bad and we know exactly the direction to take in order to improve. This is the reason why I'm convinced that we can be stronger in a few weeks’ time in Barcelona.”
Franz Tost, Team Principal: “Daniil did another fantastic race, with his lap times always quite competitive. To start from the 13th position on the grid and bring home one point certainly shows the good performance. Jean-Eric had a poor start, which compromised his race and didn't allow him to finish with a better result. We have to find out the reasons for this, in order to be better prepared for the next race in Barcelona, where we will have some new parts that will hopefully help us improve our general performance.”
Ricardo Penteado, Renault Sport F1 track support leader: “Another strong points finish for Daniil, who did a very good job from 13th on the grid. JEV lost some places at the start. We did our best with the power unit, but his strategy became very difficult in the traffic and it was hard to make progress. It’s a shame as we had the pace for points with both cars but we’ll try again in Spain.”