French GP: Toro Rosso race notes

MAX SPEED Scott once said it would be cool to change his middle name from Andrew to Max. Today he really was Max Speed, bravely fighting his way to the flag in a race he was not expected to finish because of severe back pain. Tonio also...

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Scott once said it would be cool to change his middle name from Andrew to Max. Today he really was Max Speed, bravely fighting his way to the flag in a race he was not expected to finish because of severe back pain. Tonio also delivered a "Maximum" performance, doing his very best, having started from the back of the grid because of an engine change.

Scott Speed: 10th

"This was one of the toughest races I have ever driven, because I was in so much pain throughout the race. I had a really good first lap battle with Rubens, which was actually a lot of fun. It was cool - an awesome fight! After the first pit stop, I was in so much pain it was difficult to concentrate."

"I went off the track at one point as I couldn't concentrate on driving, braking, adjusting the traction control and deal with the pain all at the same time. But our pace was okay, the car performed well as we had done a good job setting it up."

Tonio Liuzzi: 13th

"To say the obvious, being at the back is not the best way to start a race, especially at a track like this where there are not too many chances to overtake. I don't think having a V10 helped us. But the tyres and the car worked well."

Franz Tost, Team principal:

"Both drivers had a difficult day: overnight, Scott developed serious back pain and trouble breathing as a result of his Friday crash. He was seen by a doctor, had an X-ray and our physio team worked on him. He decided to start the race and I think he drove his best race of the season. Tonio had to start from the back and did the best he could under the circumstances. He did a good job too and so we hope to have a better weekend in Hockenheim."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Scott Speed
Teams Toro Rosso