Kiwi driver Brendon Hartley has sighted the team’s strong long run pace as a key factor going into tomorrow’s German Grand Prix, where he will line up in P18 on the grid for the 67 lap race.
After a weekend to forget last time out in Silverstone, Hartley utilised the break since the last race to reset and recharge ahead of his return to the Hockenheimring. Initially showing good pace during Friday’s Free Practice sessions, unfortunately their form wouldn’t appear to be strong enough in qualifying, with both Scuderia Toro Rosso cars just missing out on a spot in Q2.
Looking ahead to the race however, free practice race simulations have looked positive for the team and Brendon will be aiming to utilise this advantage when the lights go out tomorrow afternoon just after 3pm local time.
Brendon Hartley – #28 Scuderia Toro Rosso:
“I’m a bit disappointed that we didn’t make it to Q2 today. It was a relatively smooth session, my first lap looked OK so I opted for one lap at the end of the session. In hindsight, maybe doing two laps would have been better with the track improving the way it did. In addition, we really lacked some pace on the Ultrasoft tyre today. Thinking of the positives, our long run pace looks quite competitive – we were one of the quickest cars in the midfield during the race simulations.”
Race – 67 Laps
15:10 – 17:10 (Local Time – UTC+2)
01:10 – 03:10 (New Zealand – UTC+12)