The German Grand Prix was fire. Perfect wet race with numerous of spectacular and crazy actions. Today every team had its own drama, ended in victory or defeat. Toro Rosso is no exception.
The beginning of the weekend in Hockenheim did not predict such a successful ending of it. However, in addition to the fact that both drivers have earned points, one of them managed to finish on the podium. During practice sessions and qualifying Daniil Kvyat and Alex Albon couldn’t show good performance: due to the conditions and track characteristics their cars simply didn’t work.
After qualifying Daniil said about possibility of the rain in race, that "if it rains, it might mix up the cards a bit" and that he will "work hard to get into the points", and as it turned out, he was absolutely right.
On Sunday it was raining at Hockenheimring. Such conditions played into someone's hands, and for others, on the contrary, became a problem. Obviously, the rain was a real helper for the Toro Rosso drivers.
Starting from P14, Daniil spent the first half of the race in the midfield zone, fighting with Gasly. He was losing to the teammate Alex Albon, who had the first wet race in the career, but drove very strong and confident, staying on P9 at the beginning.
The second part of the race was chaotic. Teams were confused, whether to change Intermediate tyres to Slicks. Also, the rivals began to have problems: many drivers left the track due to retirements and accidents. So, on 32nd lap Alex managed to gain a foothold in the 4th position, in front of Lewis Hamilton. He showed himself well in containing the attacks of the five-time champion, although after a few laps Alex still let Hamilton go.
At this time Kvyat kept a step away from the points zone. However, after several retirements, he was already on P9. On 50th lap after the final wave of the pit stops of rivals, Kvyat moved to the 3rd position. In another lap, Daniil overtook Lance Stroll. However, Kvyat has failed to keep P2 as on 63rd lap Sebastian Vettel rapidly overtook him. Fortunately, there was only one lap left to the finish, and Daniil was able to keep the 3rd position from the possible Stroll’s attacks.
Daniil’s podium became the first since Monza 2008 for Toro Rosso and the third for Kvyat himself. Last podium of Daniil was 4 years ago, at Hungarian GP, that race he finished second.
"It’s incredible to be back on the podium in what could be called my ‘second career’. I thought it would never happen again in my life, so I’m so incredibly happy. There’s so many emotions I still need some time to let it all sink in!" - Daniil said.
"This achievement is so great for us since it’s 11 years since Toro Rosso’s last podium with Sebastian in Monza. It was such an amazing day and I’m so happy. Thank you to everyone in the team, it was just an incredible day."
Moreover, the podium isn’t the only joy of the driver this weekend. The night before the race Daniil’s girlfriend Kelly Piquet gave birth to their first child. No doubt, he will remember this day and Grand Prix forever!
Alex Albon finished German race with amazing result – 6th place. This achievement is the best for Alex so far, previous the best position this season was in Monaco, where he finished on P8.
"It was a good race today! I was a bit scared at the start, learning how the car behaves in the wet around this track, although, I’m really happy with how I performed as it was my first time in these conditions in an F1 car," – Alex said.
"The pace was really good, we were a bit fortunate and we timed our first pitstop right, and I was really excited racing in P4, I was thinking 'OK here we go!'. Unfortunately, at the second stop we were caught out and pitted a lap later than Dany to switch from wet tyres to dry, so four cars passed us. It’s funny, it’s like a disappointing P6 because we were running in P4 for quite a while. It was an amazing job by the team, the strategy was great and we were able to bounce back from a difficult Qualifying."
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