Carlos in the points, Daniil out of luck

Carlos in the points, Daniil out of luck

July 5, 2016

A points finish with Carlos Sainz, but Daniil Kvyat has still not been able to shake off a run of bad luck. Our Technical Director James Key talks us through the weekend in the beautiful Styrian mountains.

We found the tyres were getting a much harder time than anyone had expected, because of the increased grip level because the track had been resurfaced. First practice went well, with our drivers in P6 and P9 in the morning. The picture looked encouraging over the shorter runs, but there were signs that the softer compounds were suffering a bit on the longer runs.

We had seen two teams have kerb-related issues in free practice with these new orange kerbs next to the normal kerbs. These could set up some extremely high vibration modes in the suspension. Unfortunately, we had this problem with Daniil. It was a unique situation that we had never seen before and Daniil had a very big accident when the suspension broke. It also damaged the chassis. With Carlos we were targeting a top ten position, but he had a fuel pressure issue which then caused an engine problem at the end of Q1, so although he was easily through to Q2, he took no further part in the session.

Dan's car was completely new, built up over night and the engineers and mechanics did a fantastic job to get that much work done in a short timescale. Because of the changes made to the car, the rules required him to start from pit lane. Daniil retired with a very simple failure, possibly a knock-on effect from all the work involved in rebuilding the entire car. A hose clip broke and he had to stop the car to prevent any engine damage.

With Carlos, we knew we would have to get through the traffic and he did a good job of that, getting into the points zone quite quickly. Then, because Austria is a difficult track to overtake if you don't have the best straight line speed, he got caught in traffic. He then had a very compromised pit stop, losing a lot of time during the Safety Car period. We had to hold him in the pits because so many cars had come in at the same time and he was almost last after the run of stops. He then had to go out and race hard and overtake other cars, while managing the tyres. So to go from around P17 following the stop all the way up to P8 was a great job from Carlos.