Toro Rosso optimistic despite car issues

By on Friday, June 6, 2014
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Toro Rosso duo Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniil Kvyat say they are optimistic over the squad's chances at this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix, despite both encountering issues during Friday practice.

Vergne suffered a battery issue in the first session while a fuel leak damaged the power unit in Kvyat's STR9 during the second session.

"Despite the little issue that we had this morning, which cut my session short, we managed to still achieve a good test programme today," said Vergne, who ended the day in 10th.

"As for the car performance, I'm not 100 percent happy because, even though it looked quite promising in the morning, we lost some speed in the afternoon. On the positive side, the long run pace was not too bad and we know in which areas we have to work to improve for FP3 and Qualifying, so I remain pretty confident for tomorrow."

Kvyat, who sampled the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for the first time, was 19th fastest.

"We had some problems with the car today that limited my track time," he said. "That's not ideal as I have never driven here before, but thanks to a useful simulator session last week, I found myself quite confident with the track straight away and felt able to attack the kerbs and the corners.

"It's a very interesting circuit, very different to anything else we have raced on so far. Apart from the problem, the car felt good, so I am still confident and feel we can aim high for tomorrow."

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