Toro Rosso forced to cur­tail run­ning due to punc­tures

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Toro Rosso en­dured a mis­er­able end to the sea­son in Abu Dhabi last week­end, with the team forced to stop run­ning in sec­ond prac­tice due to safety con­cerns.

Danill Kvyat suf­fered two punc­tures dur­ing Fri­day prac­tice and, with Car­los Sainz suf­fer­ing a sim­i­lar is­sue at Austin, it was de­cided be­tween the team and the FIA that it would stop run­ning.

“This is the first time the team and the FIA took the de­ci­sion to not let me run be­cause of safety con­cerns,” said Sainz. “It is some­thing I can­not crit­i­cise, I can­not re­gret as you are putting a lot of dan­ger into the sit­u­a­tion.”

Toro Rosso cut away some of the body­work at the rear of the car ahead of a re­turn to track ac­tion but the lost prac­tice time led to a dif­fi­cult qual­i­fy­ing with Kvyat lin­ing up 17th and Sainz 21st. The race wasn’t much bet­ter with both cars re­tir­ing with gear­box is­sues.

Sainz added: “We’ve done ev­ery­thing we can, but the prob­lem still is that we don’t know the cause of the punc­tures. You’re al­ways go­ing to try to tune the whole car up to make sure it doesn’t hap­pen, but with­out know­ing the cause you’re not go­ing to be 100 per cent sure it won’t hap­pen again.”

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