09/07/2018

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Brendon Hartley, Austria

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There was no luck for Brendon Hartley at the British Grand Prix over the weekend. After enduring a catastrophic front suspension failure in FP3, Hartley had to miss qualifying and eventually did not start the race at Silverstone due to issues in the warm-up lap.

“I’m not a believer in luck or superstition, but I think it’s definitely fair to say that the last few weeks have been unlucky for me,” commented Hartley. “It was all out of my control this weekend – the suspension failure yesterday in FP3, and another technical issue today before we could even start the race, so there’s not too much to comment on the past two days.

“It’s disappointing, but I’ll hit the reset button now, take a couple of days to relax and prepare for the next race. I’ve got full trust that all of the people in Toro Rosso will be working hard over the next two weeks, as will I, to improve and show our maximum in Hockenheim.”

“We came here quite optimistic for a good result but unfortunately Silverstone was not the race weekend we expected,” said Franz Tost, Scuderia Toro Rosso Team Principal. “We had a big accident in FP3 with Brendon’s car due to the failure of the left front suspension. We assume the lower wishbone broke, but as we didn’t know what caused this incident, we decided to keep Pierre (Gasly) in the garage which cut his session short. As a consequence, it was very difficult for Pierre in Qualifying.

“Nevertheless, he did a good job to qualify P14 with just a handful of laps under his belt. As for Brendon, we had to change the monocoque on his car after the crash, therefore he had to start the race from pit lane. During the warm-up laps, we recognised a problem on his car which we weren’t able to fully identify, so we called him back to the garage to try and fix the issue.

“Unfortunately, we had to retire him on the first lap, but I must make a big compliment to the team because yesterday at 8.30 in the evening Brendon’s car was ready with the engine fired up. They put a lot of effort into this job so it was a big shame to see Brendon unable to race today.”

“This has been a very tough weekend, particularly for the Honda and Toro Rosso mechanics who had to work so hard in the limited time available, especially on Saturday after Brendon’s accident, changing his PU and chassis and on Pierre’s car changing the suspension,” said Toyoharu Tanabe (Honda F1 Technical Director).

“So it was a great reward for them that Pierre drove a determined race, never giving up, taking tenth place and therefore a point with two laps to go.

“Unfortunately, on the reconnaissance lap prior to the race, we could see that something was not right on Hartley’s car. We tried to fix it and still sent him out, but it was clear there was a problem and we had to retire him. The problem has now been traced to a loose connector on the PU side.”

Hartley’s team mate Gasley crossed the line in 10th position only to be penalised for the way in which the Frenchman overtook Force India driver Sergio Perez on the final lap. The race stewards at Silverstone decided to hand the Toro Rosso driver a five-second time penalty – a decision that drops Gasly from 10th to 13th.

British Grand Prix results

Pos Driver Gap

1 Sebastian Vettel 55 laps

2 Lewis Hamilton +2.264s

3 Kimi Räikkönen +3.652s

4 Valtteri Bottas +8.883s

5 Daniel Ricciardo +9.500s

6 Nico Hulkenberg +28.220s

7 Esteban Ocon +29.930s

8 Fernando Alonso +31.115s

9 Kevin Magnussen +33.188s

10 Sergio Perez +34.708s

11 Stoffel Vandoorne +35.774s

12 Lance Stroll +38.106s

13 Pierre Gasly +39.129s

14 Sergey Sirotkin +48.113s

15 Max Verstappen DNF

NC Romain Grosjean DNF

NC Carlos Sainz DNF

NC Marcus Ericsson DNF

NC Charles Leclerc DNF

NC Brendon Hartley DNF

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