After successful German Grand Prix today Toro Rosso faced difficulties on the track. Usually, Hungaroring with its hot weather isn’t the best combination for the package of the team. But apart from this, on Friday Toro Rosso had an additional difficulty, in the form of changeable weather and rain.
According to Jonathan Eddolls, Toro Rosso Chief Race Engineer, in FP1 "neither car had a great balance". However, between the sessions the team has managed to make an analysis and improve the set-up.
Afternoon the weather conditions weren’t ideal for Toro Rosso cars, but the changes made to the cars were an improvement, and Alex was very close to show the good lap, but unfortunately he touched the grass on the outside of Turn 14 and then lost the car.
"In FP1 I think we struggled a little bit with the car, but we knew where we needed to improve. Coming into FP2, we made a few changes and we could see straight away, on the couple of laps I did, that it was really positive. Unfortunately, I made a mistake at the last corner where I dipped a wheel onto the grass. Honestly, it was a silly error and just a misjudgement. It certainly wasn’t ideal, but in some ways, it’s better today than in FP3. Let’s see where we will pick up from tomorrow," – Alex said.
Last week’s star Daniil Kvyat had a tricky both sessions today, finishing first practice on P13 and second on P10. Although the driver said that despite weather conditions it was useful sessions. The team worked on the main areas today: tyre behaviour, aerodynamic and mechanical, and they managed to understand how it all works even in rainy conditions.
"It was a tricky day today. I thought it best not to take extra margins in FP2 as it wasn’t worth the risk, it was always drizzling and tricky out there with the wet kerbs. This doesn’t mean it wasn’t a useful session though, as every lap on track is worthwhile. The engineers will have quite a bit of data to look at tonight, so hopefully it will help us make progress tomorrow. Overall, we did a good job in understanding how the tyres and the setup works, what’s comfortable and what isn’t, just trying to get the car in a better window. Tomorrow we will try to put all of it together."
Also Jonathan Eddolls said that the team "will carry over an extra dry tyre to FP3", since today’s sessions were wet, and will try to catch up on the dry running they missed today.
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