2018 FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO DE ESPAÑA PIRELLI
A PAIN IN SPAIN
Back in February and March, the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit was a happy place for Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda. The team had a productive eight days of winter testing and, for our new engine partner in particular, the high mileage we completed in those cold conditions was seen as a good omen for the coming year.
Unfortunately, last weekend's return trip was more of a pain in Spain, so forgive us if we don't want to dwell on the fifth round of the 2018 Formula 1 World Championship. Pierre Gasly was competitive right from the start of the weekend and qualified 12th on Saturday afternoon. However, 24 hours later and our Frenchman, innocent victim, was wiped out of the race when he was caught up in Romain Grosjean's accident. As for Brendon Hartley, our Kiwi had a bad weekend. The fact he was uninjured in that huge crash in the final hour of free practice and that the monocoque of his STR13 was undamaged is a true testament to all the great work on safety overseen by the FIA over the past decades.
2018 SPANISH GP - GALLERY
Spain hosted Formula 1's first weekend of racing in Europe and that meant the return of the team trucks and hospitality units. Our own Energy Station, that we share with our colleagues at Red Bull Racing, is a well known landmark in the paddock, but Honda had a brand new unit. Compact and discrete, it is a haven of peace and quiet and is without doubt the best Japanese restaurant in F1!
The Spanish weekend has rolled into the new week as we and all the other teams start two days of testing today, Tuesday. In the cockpit we have Indonesian Formula 2 driver Sean Gelael, who scored a good sixth place in the sprint race last Sunday in Barcelona. After such a short race on Sunday, Pierre is also looking forward to getting rather more laps under his belt, when he rounds off the test on Wednesday.