Strategy error costly for Toro Rosso
5 July 2014 – Toro Rosso Technical Director James Key admitted that the Italian squad made a strategic error during the final stages of qualifying at Silverstone, costing Daniil Kvyat and Jean-Éric Vergne grid positions.
Kvyat and Vergne occupied fifth and sixth following the first runs in Q3, in which rain was falling throughout the final sector as drivers finished the lap on dry tyres.
The circuit dried sufficiently for rivals to set quicker times and Toro Rosso missed their chance, which demoted Kvyat and Vergne to ninth and 10th respectively.
"Slightly mixed feelings today because I think that from a general performance point of view everything went really well and according to plan until the last few minutes of Q3," said Key.
"It was a very tricky session, very unpredictable and I think that everyone on the pit wall and the drivers' feedback matched very well what was going on, with a great effort from everyone. It's disappointing to lose a higher position in the top 10.
"We were set to go out at the end, our indication was that it was too wet. In the end that final sector in the closing minutes was just dry enough to make the difference and that's why the ones who went out are now ahead of us.
"Despite our disappointment, P9 and P10 are reasonable positions anyway, our race pace was good on Friday so we just have to do our best tomorrow."