Round 20 Brazil

  • Toro Rosso Honda ended up one place outside the points in a difficult Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos.

Report

INTERLAGOS, Brazil, November 11, 2018

Toro Rosso Honda ended up one place outside the points in a difficult Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos. Brendon started from 16th place and was able to make progress to run behind Pierre for a number of laps before passing his teammate for what was 11th at the time, but the gap to 10th was far too big and he just missed out on points. After a strong qualifying performance, Pierre started from ninth but struggled to match the pace of the cars around him on the supersoft tyre and slipped out of the top ten, fading as the race wore on to eventually finish 13th.

Comments

TOYOHARU TANABE | TECHNICAL DIRECTOR, HONDA F1
“Both cars finished the race, but our package wasn’t quick enough to finish in the points and we were unable to make the most of Gasly’s ninth place grid position. We must analyse all the data from this weekend and try to do better in the final round of the season in two weeks’ time. On behalf of Honda, I offer our congratulations to Mercedes on winning the Constructors’ title today.”

BRENDON HARTLEY
“That was a really good race for me, it’s annoying you don’t get to score points as a reward, but there weren’t any retirements at the front to capitalise on. I started on the harder compound so it was a bit tricky for me during the first few laps, but still I had a strong start and made some good overtakes. To make our race work, I knew I would have to keep the tyres alive as long as possible on the first stint, I had great feedback from the pit wall and the strategy worked well. I felt this was one of the best performances of my F1 career but without the reward of points. The team will work hard over the next weeks to understand why we had such good race pace in Mexico, but struggled two weeks later here in Brazil.”

PIERRE GASLY
“I had some good battles today, but it was a tough race. I had a good start and got to P8, but after that we clearly were suffering compared to our direct competitors. I tried to fight as much as I could but we clearly didn’t have the pace for points today. We knew Brazil would be difficult, but after the performance we showed in Mexico we were a bit more optimistic, so in the end we’re a bit disappointed with the way the race unfolded. Now there’s one race left of the season so hopefully we can finish on a high!”

Results

Formula 1 World Championship Grand Prix 2018
Round 20: Brazil

Race

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

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