Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Brendon Hartley had been enjoying a strong weekend in Canada with good pace in his STR13 and looked set for a strong race before his participation came to an abrupt end on the opening lap.
Getting a good start off the line to remain with those around him, Hartley briefly struggled for track space at turn two. Sighting an opportunity to move back up the order, the Kiwi set himself up for a good run on Lance Stroll out of turn four around the outside. However his efforts came to nothing with the Williams driver losing control of his car and sending both drivers into the wall. Thankfully both drivers were unharmed and walked away from the incident.
Brendon Hartley – #28 Scuderia Toro Rosso:
“I’m really disappointed for Toro Rosso and Honda, because we’ve been quite strong all weekend with a good update from the power unit. I think we definitely had the pace to challenge for points today. I had a good start, similar to the drivers around me, but I got left a bit on the outside of Turn 2 which lost me a position. I got a good run on Lance out of Turn 4 on the outside, but he lost the car which put us both into the wall. It’s very disappointing as there was room to make the overtake, and I was looking forward to a strong race. It’s a frustrating way to end the Canadian Grand Prix as I’ve been really happy with my performance all weekend. I was delayed getting back to the circuit because I was flown to the hospital for precautionary checks. However, I’m definitely fit, healthy, and ready for the next race.”
Round 8 – French Grand Prix, Sunday 24th June 2018.