Toro Rosso and both its drivers proved happy with their performances at the British Grand Prix that resulted in a 9th place finish for Daniil Kvyat and a 10th place for Jean-Eric Vergne.
Daniil Kvyat, STR9-03, 9th: “This was a very intense race, especially towards the end when I was pushing to catch Hulkenberg. I was actually quicker than him and I was definitely getting very close, but unfortunately I was not able to pass him in the end. Overall, I am quite happy with this race weekend and I very much enjoyed driving this track with its high speed corners. And after having had a few difficult races, it is great to see that all the hard work has paid off and that we were able to get both cars into the points.”
Jean-Eric Vergne, STR9-01, 10th: “A strong race for the whole team, to have two cars in the points is certainly a good result and we all needed a positive outcome. I'm happy with my race. Starting from the back of the grid after the red flag and overtaking the cars in front of me was actually good fun. I think today I have found again the aggressiveness I knew I had and it's certainly a boost for my self-confidence. I can't wait to be back in the car for the next race."
Franz Tost, Team Principal: “We can be satisfied with today's race, finishing with both cars in the points. I have to say both drivers did a really good job in defending positions and overtaking other cars. We planned different strategies, with Daniil two stops and Jev one stop and they paid off, as they saw the chequered flag in ninth and tenth position. The team showed a solid performance and it's encouraging to see that we are working in the right direction. Now we are looking forward to the German Grand Prix, where we hope we'll be able to make further steps."
Ricardo Penteado, Renault Sport F1 track support leader: “We should be very pleased with the double points finish today. Engine wise we had no problems and the drivers were able to make the most of the car. Everything worked very well, which helped JEV recover from his contact on the first lap. This type of form, or even better, is what we need to aim for every race weekend.”