Disappointment for Toro Rosso at the Red Bull Ring
The weekend started with such promise for the team after Russian rookie Daniil Kvyat qualified in seventh place on Saturday.
However, he dropped to 10th at the start and despite being pleased with the pace of the car, he was unable to make much progress.
He then retired from the race on lap 26 after a problem with his right-rear suspension, which the team is now investigating.
The issue caused him to take a trip through the gravel trap at turn five and he eventually parked the car a little further around the circuit, becoming the first driver to retire from the race.
“I’m not quite sure what exactly happened, but we will now analyse everything closely and find out what the problem was today,” he said.
His team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne exited the race on lap 60 with a brake issue. “I struggled with the brakes from the beginning of the race,” the Frenchman admitted.
“It’s difficult to drive the car with such a considerable rear locking. It’s not good for tyre life and for the balance in general so it was really a tricky race. I was doing my best to finish it at least but in the end I just could not bring the car to the chequered flag.”
The team will be hoping for a more positive and reliable British Grand Prix, which is the next race on the 2014 schedule.
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