The British Grand Prix ended on Lap 35 for Jean-Eric Vergne who had to retire after his car was badly damaged as a result of a tyre explosion. He was the third driver to suffer a left rear tyre failure after Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa.
“I don’t know what happened, I did not feel any warning signs and it just let go under braking. I did manage to come back to the pits, fit new tyres and go out again, but the team immediately told me I had quite significant damage to the car, which in any case I could feel.”
“The car was very difficult to drive from then on and in the end, the team took the decision to retire me, as there was no sense in carrying on. I did not feel in danger, but it’s just a shame that this sort of problem can waste a whole weekend’s work for the team,” the Frenchman explained.
“I am very upset about it and something needs to be done about it soon. So, from a results point of view, this is a race to forget, but I believe we showed the car was very quick and we can be in the fight in the coming races.”
His teammate struggled with two slow pit stops and a risky strategy of not going in for a new set of tyres in the closing stages of the race.
“I had a very good pace but I think we might have done better with a different strategy when the last Safety Car came out as prior to that I could match the Force India and the Ferraris. At the end we were on used tyres and those who changed for a third time were able to pass me,” said Daniel Ricciardo.
Despite having a bad start, he managed to get four points for Toro Rosso at Silverstone. “Eighth is a good result, but I see it as a missed opportunity to score more points, because today we were quicker than the Ferraris so to finish behind them, particularly Massa who had a tyre problem, is a bit disappointing.”
“I don’t know what was happening with the tyres, as I kept seeing people going off the track and there was debris everywhere. It was a little bit dangerous and we need to look into it. For my part, I just had normal degradation.”