Sun: STR, Caterham, Marussia, HRT

Sunday 10th June 2012

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Sun: STR, Caterham, Marussia, HRT

Sun: STR, Caterham, Marussia, HRT

It was a disappointing afternoon in Canada for Toro Rosso, who finished at the back of the pack with Caterham and Marussia. HRT didn't finish...

Toro Rosso:
Daniel Ricciardo: "I finished where I started. I got a good launch off the line but there was nowhere really for me to go, so I opted to go down the inside at Turn 1, which put me on the outside of Turn 2, where I tried to go around a few of the guys in front of me. But there was not as much grip there as I had expected and this cost me a few places. So from then on, I had some work to do as it put me on the back foot. From mid-race to the end, I could not match the pace of those I was racing against. Our pace is simply not enough to crack the top at the moment, so we must not get downhearted, but keep working hard to try and improve."

Jean-Eric Vergne: "This has not been a very good weekend for me on my first visit to Canada in terms of how things went at the track, although I enjoyed the circuit and the time I spent here. I qualified twentieth yesterday and finished fifteenth today. It's definitely not an easy circuit with the walls so close and you have to push hard every lap and from that point of view the afternoon was okay, but of course the result is disappointing. Getting a drive through penalty for speeding in the pit lane did not help and it happened because, as I came in for a pit stop, I had some sort of problem with the pit lane speed limiter, which we will have to investigate. The strategy? I don't think we could have done anything different."

Caterham:
Heikki Kovalainen: "That was an uneventful afternoon for me. I had a good start, passed Senna early on but then struggled a little with the tyres which maybe held me up a bit. Our pace today was not quite what we thought it would be and we were being lapped a little earlier than we had anticipated, but that was really the only issue for me today - other than that it's been a good weekend."

Vitaly Petrov: "For me that was a good race. I battled with my team mate right to the flag and had a couple of good stops that gave me a chance to keep the pace up through the whole race. The tyre deg wasn't too bad, despite the track temperature, and we didn't have any problems with the car, so for where we are right now that's a good afternoon's work. We have some improvements coming in the next few races and the aim is for those to help us get to a point where we can race one or two of the teams ahead - that's another positive sign of progress so we're definitely going in the right direction."

Marussia:
Charles Pic: "First of all, I'm happy to finish the race - my first time here - and although it has been a tough weekend, I think from the perspective of the team, and me personally, it has been a good experience to learn where we need to improve. Our pace here has not been good compared to our closest two competitors, so we have to understand more about why that was. For my side, the start went well and we maintained position, then Timo and I had a good race. From there, it was all about looking after the car and getting to the finish. Next stop is Valencia, a track I've raced at before, so I will lose less time to acclimatisation and be able to spend more time preparing the car. I got pole there in GP2 and I have a good feeling for the track - another different type of street circuit - so I think it will suit me and the car much better. Some work in the simulator next week should also help us prepare well."

Timo Glock: "Not a great race for me. In general the first stint was quite okay I think until I suddenly lost power for some reason; I think the engine temperature went quite high. After 14 laps I was suffering quite badly with rear tyre degradation and the combination of the two issues was quite difficult to manage. We had to come in quite early for the pitstop and then I came out in blue flags and was unable to use the new tyre effectively. I could at least recover the ground I lost to Charles and close the gap, but at the end I suffered so much with the brakes; they were getting longer and longer on pressure and it was too dangerous to continue, so I had to retire. This was my first DNF and in general Canada has not been that great for us this year, which is a shame because it's a track I love. Now though I'm looking forward to Valencia and to seeing what we can do to improve there."

HRT:
Narain Karthikeyan: "This retirement is disappointing because we've performed well since the first day and during the race I was keeping up with Pic. But I started to feel the brakes we're faltering and, although I tried not to go to the limit, it didn't help at all. Now we must analyze what happened and work to ensure it doesn't happen again. It's a shame that the progress we've shown here hasn't translated into a good result, but we must look ahead and focus on Valencia."

Pedro de la Rosa: "It was a shame because we were having our best race of the season. From the first few laps they were telling me through the radio to cool the brakes and I did everything I could but, although we held out a few more laps, the degradation was too high and we weren't going to make it to the end so we made the right decision which was to retire. Although it might sound surprising, I've got a good taste in my mouth because we've completed the best weekend of the year and I had a lot of fun ahead of the Marussias and close behind the Caterhams. I take away the most important thing and that is that we've improved notably and that is very satisfying."

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