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TEAM: Toro Rosso
It was the usual suspects toward the back of the field in practice; Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson suffered a gear box problem.
Toro Rosso technical chief James Key has hailed Brendon Hartley’s “fresh input” in terms of getting the best out of hybrid technology.
Team principal Franz Tost believes the future is looking good for Toro Rosso following a successful start to their relationship with Honda.
Fernando Alonso has said he finds it “funny” to be asked about the performance of former partners when they do well in Formula 1 and doesn’t “care about them”.
Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley have said that an error in communication resulted in the pair colliding at the end of the back straight in China.
It was a point-less Sunday in Shanghai for Force India, Williams, Sauber and Bahrain stars, Toro Rosso.
Pierre Gasly has conceded Toro Rosso-Honda have “made a massive step back” in China and “lost all the strength” that was even present up until FP2 on Friday.
Pierre Gasly qualified a lowly P17 after the highs of Bahrain; Williams car once again slower at this track compared to last year.
Pierre Gasly has said it was nothing more than “a joke” when he referenced a Fernando Alonso comment on team radio at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Sergio Perez and Brendon Hartley have a different version of events after both were slapped with 30-second penalties after the Bahrain Grand Prix for a formation lap mix-up.