2018 FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DU CANADA
CANADIAN GRAND PRIX
Tough race for our team, here in Montreal. P11 for Pierre and a crash for Brendon. Here are their and team's comments...
Pierre Gasly (STR13-05, Car 10)
First Practice Session Best lap: 1:15.004, pos. 10th, 31 laps
Second Practice SessionBest lap: 1:14.486, pos. 18th, 39 laps
“It was great to discover a new track in Montreal and it was a positive beginning to the weekend. It’s a really good, exciting, and challenging circuit… I really enjoyed my first laps around here! We finished 10th in FP1 which was a good beginning, and the car felt pretty good from the first few laps of the session. With the hotter conditions in the afternoon the car still behaved well. However, we had a couple of issues on my short run, so we didn’t get to show the true pace the car has. I think we’re in the fight for the top 10 as Brendon’s times show. We need to work a bit tonight, but I’m feeling good with the car, so we just need to find the little tunings to make it a close fight tomorrow!”
Third Practice Session - Best lap: 1:13.334, pos. 15th, 19 laps
Qualifying - Best lap: (Q1) 1:13.047, Pos. 16th
“We were quite unlucky today, everything looked promising until FP3 where we had an issue with the power unit, so we changed back to an old version. Unfortunately, at a track like Canada where we know the straight line speed is really important, it cost us quite a bit. It made qualifying quite tough, and of course it’s always frustrating to miss out on Q2 with such a small margin. Looking at the positives, Honda made a really good step with the updates they brought to Canada which seems to work very well so far, I can’t wait to put them back on my car as soon as possible! I think tomorrow will be a tough day… but we’ll try everything! Anything can happen in Canada, it’s a challenging track and it’s easy to make mistakes, so maybe there’ll be some opportunities for me.”
Race: Pos. 11th
"Overall, I think it was a really good race for me. We managed to make up many positions after starting from the back row, but it's always tough when you finish so close to the points! I was pretty close to Charles a couple of times, then I damaged my front tyres so in the end it became difficult to pass. The new power unit seems to work well... we overtook multiple cars on the straight, so it looks promising for the upcoming races. Honda worked very hard to bring the upgrade to Canada and they did a fantastic job! Now we need to put everything together and find some consistency, because the next race is my home Grand Prix in Le Castellet - I'm really excited to go racing there!"
Brendon Hartley (STR13-03, Car 28)
"I'm really disappointed for Toro Rosso and Honda, because we've been quite strong all weekend with a good update from the power unit. I think we definitely had the pace to challenge for points today. I had a good start, similar to the drivers around me, but I got left a bit on the outside of Turn 2 which lost me a position. I got a good run on Lance out of Turn 4 on the outside, but he lost the car which put us both into the wall. It's very disappointing as there was room to make the overtake, and I was looking forward to a strong race. It's a frustrating way to end the Canadian Grand Prix as I've been really happy with my performance all weekend. I was delayed getting back to the circuit because I was flown to the hospital for precautionary checks. However, I'm definitely fit, healthy, and ready for the next race."
Franz Tost (Team Principal):
"This was not our race weekend... our problems started in qualifying with a change of power unit on Pierre's car, and as a result he had to start from the back of the grid. Pierre drove a good race today, but unfortunately he was not in the position to score points and finished 11th in the end. After having a good start to the weekend, it's a shame Brendon retired on the first lap of the race after he was pushed into the wall by Stroll. I think we can get more out of our package than we were able to show today, and I'm confident that we can have a better performance in the upcoming race weekend in France."
Toyoharu Tanabe (Honda F1 Technical Director):
"A weekend of positives and negatives: on the positive side, the PU updates we brought here delivered a noticeable increase in performance, which is a good sign for the next stage of the season. On the negative side, we had a reliability issue on Pierre's PU on Saturday and Brendon's race was very short. However, Pierre had a strong race from the back of the grid and now we will focus on ensuring both drivers can perform well, starting with Pierre's home race in two weeks' time in France."