Round 16Russia

  • Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix was a short-lived affair for the Toro Rosso Honda team as both drivers were forced to retire due to a technical issue early in the race.


SOCHI AUTODROM, Russia, September 30, 2018

Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix was a short-lived affair for the Toro Rosso Honda team as both drivers were forced to retire due to a technical issue early in the race. In the opening few laps, both Pierre and Brendon spun within a few moments of each other. Clearly something was not right and the team decided to retire both cars on safety grounds. We will now regroup ahead of next weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix, where we plan to reintroduce the updated power unit first used on Friday in Sochi.


“After everyone at Toro Rosso and Honda worked so hard all weekend, it was very disappointing to have both cars retire with a technical problem after only a handful of laps. Now, we are all focussed on the Japanese Grand Prix, as we will be on track at Suzuka this Friday. We look forward to a better weekend in front of our home fans.”

“Since the start of the race I had a really strange feeling with the brake pedal, it went pretty long and got worse very quickly. Then, on the third lap at Turn 4, I braked and the pedal went completely flat, so we lost all the front brakes and had to retire the car. We need to have a look at the data to see exactly what happened, but it’s just a shame to see both cars retire so early in the race.”

“I had a good start and passed Pierre before Turn 5, I was attacking the McLaren when the brake pedal went long. I reported it on the radio and then made our planned pit stop. We were going to try and be a bit cheeky with the strategy and do almost a full race on the Softs, we had great tyre life and pace and think it would have worked. However, once I left the pits the pedal went completely to the floor, the rears locked and the car spun. The same happened across both cars at the same moment so I’m sure the team will quickly diagnose and sort it out for the next race. We are all excited for Suzuka with the upgrades and performance we saw on Friday.”


Formula 1 World Championship Grand Prix 2018
Round 16: Russia


1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
4 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull
7 Charles Leclerc Sauber
8 Kevin Magnussen Haas
9 Esteban Ocon Force India
10 Sergio Perez Force India
11 Romain Grosjean Haas
12 Nico Hulkenberg Renault
13 Marcus Ericsson Sauber
14 Fernando Alonso McLaren
15 Lance Stroll Williams
16 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
17 Carlos Sainz Renault
18 Sergey Sirotkin Williams
NC Pierre Gasly Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda
NC Brendon Hartley Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda