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TEAM: Toro Rosso
Ahead of his home race, the Russian Grand Prix, Daniil Kvyat says “every little thing” makes a different in Formula 1’s midfield battle.
Daniil Kvyat jokes about the collision with Sebastian Vettel, as Carlos Sainz believes the Russian Grand Prix “owes him one”.
Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost has said he is “very optimistic” that Renault will provide an engine that is capable of competing with Ferrari and Mercedes.
Despite being hit with a grid penalty for the Russian GP, Carlos Sainz insists his clash with Lance Stroll was nothing more than a “racing incident” involving an inexperienced driver.
Lance Stroll and Carlos Sainz have both pointed the finger at each other following their Bahrain GP crash for which the Toro Rosso driver has been hit with a three-place grid drop for Russia.
Both Renault drivers will start Bahrain in the top 10, while Haas’ Kevin Magnussen is the back marker.
Nico Hulkenberg was best of the rest in Bahrain practice, finishing P6 ahead of Felipe Massa and Romain Grosjean.
Carlos Sainz Jr has bemoaned the fact that the midfield are so far off the pace compared to the leading trio of Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull.
Daniil Kvyat is braced for a difficult qualifying session, while Carlos Sainz is hoping this year will be third time lucky for him.
Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz finished P7, while there was a double-points finish for Force India in Shanghai.