TORO ROSSO

Mak­ing the best of what they’ve got

F1 Racing - - IN­SIDER -

Toro Rosso have had a good rst half of the sea­son. It looked dou­bly dif­fi­cult for them for a while (Red Bull B-team, Re­nault dra­mas), but they’ve done well un­der tor­rid cir­cum­stances. As with Force In­dia, this is in part due to their two very fast driv­ers (Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniil Kvyat) and the tal­ent of a very able tech­ni­cal direc­tor, James Key, who has pro­duced a ra­tio­nal car for the new tech­ni­cal era.

It’s been an in­ter­est­ing sea­son for Vergne so far. Al­though heav­ily out­qual­i­fied last year by Daniel Ric­cia­rdo (4-15), Vergne, on sev­eral oc­ca­sions, looked very good rel­a­tive to Daniel on Sun­day af­ter­noons. He may have missed out on the Red Bull drive, but he is now an ex­pe­ri­enced team leader: Toro Rosso is his to evolve.

Against the tal­ented and quick Kvyat, Vergne has done well. He’s just ahead in qual­i­fy­ing, and his driv­ing is more con­sis­tent and ag­gres­sive. It was hid­den from view, but I was im­pressed with his drive to P8 in Canada, par­tic­u­larly since he had Fer­nando in his mir­rors for much of the dis­tance. His drive from the back of the grid at Sil­ver­stone was sim­i­larly slick.

As for Kvyat, Stowe at Sil­ver­stone for me said it all. Felipe lost it again on Fri­day morn­ing, ap­ply­ing the power too soon, too ag­gres­sively – then Daniil did the same. Ex­cept that he feath­ered the throt­tle slightly, caught the mo­ment, re-caught it… and con­tin­ued. Ab­so­lutely stun­ning car con­trol. And a re­fresh­ingly straight­for­ward ap­proach, too.

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