Toro Rosso has modified the exhaust system of its 2014 car – the STR9 – ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix after both of its drivers were forced to retire with exhaust related issues in Monaco two weeks ago.
Both Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniil Kvyat had been running in the points before the exhaust problems struck, forcing both drivers to retire from the race.
To avoid a repeat of the failures that caused both of its cars to drop out of the Monaco Grand Prix the Faenza-based outfit has manufactured new exhaust systems for both of its cars for this weekend’s race in Montreal.
It is believed that Toro Rosso’s double Monaco retirement was caused by cracks in the exhausts, as a result of overheating.
Both Kvyat, entering his first Canadian Grand Prix, and Jean-Eric Vergne, who finished a career best of sixth around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in 2013, are certain that the issues that cost them valuable points in Monaco will not repeat themselves this weekend.
“I’ve been told it’s going to be OK, so it should be alright. The guys know what to do,” explained the Russian youngster.
Vergne too, whose Toro Rosso future has come under recent speculation, brushed away fears of a repeat failure, insisting: “I’m confident [the team] have solved the problems.”
The Frenchman also dismissed any notion of blame for his unsafe pit stop release in Monaco – the resultant penalty for which dropped him from seventh to 13th before his terminal exhaust failure – marking it down simply as an unfortunate human error.
“[The unsafe release] was a human mistake,” said Vergne.
“It can happen once and the people that make a mistake will never do it again.
“That’s racing and that’s human as well. What can I say?”
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