Toro Rosso get to the bottom of Bahrain problems


Toro Rosso believe they now understand the problems which held them back during the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend.

“Daniel Ricciardo’s very slow pace in Bahrain was quickly traced to a set-up error, rather than a design fault or failure with STR8,” said the team on its official website.

Ricciardo scored a career-best seventh place in the preceding Chinese Grand Prix but suffered slow pace in Bahrain. His quickest race lap was slower than the best set by the Caterham and Marussia drivers.

“I was losing a lot of time on braking,” said Ricciardo after the race. “We were really limited in terms of downforce.”

Toro Rosso said they will bring a “great number of technical updates” for the next race in Spain, which usually sees teams bringing their first major upgrade package of the season.

The STR8 marks a significant departure from their previous cars following the replacement of technical director Giorgio Ascanelli. James Key arrived at the team from Sauber during the off-season, joining fellow new hire Luca Furbatto from McLaren.

Having finished ninth in the constructors’ championship last year team principal Franz Tost set the target of reaching sixth this year. They are currently seventh on seven points.

Formula E: Vergne outlasts di Grassi for Punta del Este victory

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Saturday’s Punta del Este ePrix did not disappoint, with Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne and Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s Lucas di Grassi engaging in a thrilling battle throughout the entire race.

Vergne led the way from the pole, having been promoted up the grid after original pole sitter di Grassi was ruled to have cut a chicane during his pole lap, but di Grassi was right on the back wing of Vergne the entire way and made several attempts to get by.

The intense battle between the two, which saw them nearly lock Vergne’s rear wing with di Grassi’s front nose, stayed remarkably clean for the most part, and Vergne was able to hold off all of di Grassi’s advances, a few of which can be viewed below, to take the win.

DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird was also on the charge, the British driver coming from ninth on the grid to take third.

Full race results can be viewed here. The victory sees Vergne extend his points lead over Mahindra Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist, who finished fifth, to 30 points, with Vergne on 109 markers and Rosenqvist on 79.

Bird sits third with 76 points, respectively.