European GP: Toro Rosso Saturday qualifying notes

Comments from the Toro Rosso team after qualifying for the European Grand Prix Scott Speed: "Since yesterday, we have been struggling here and I'm not quite sure why. It's disappointing not to get to Q2 and tomorrow is going to be a tough ...

Comments from the Toro Rosso team after qualifying for the European Grand Prix

Scott Speed:

"Since yesterday, we have been struggling here and I'm not quite sure why. It's disappointing not to get to Q2 and tomorrow is going to be a tough afternoon. We have made steps forward with the car, but it has only served to keep us where we were as the others have all moved forward too. It is frustrating. We will need a bit of luck tomorrow to get something out of this situation."

Tonio Liuzzi:

"I think that all things considered, this position is probably a fair reflection of where we are. At the most, Scott and me might have swapped places, even if I knew I was at a slight disadvantage to him, as he was running some new aero components. I also had problems with the brakes since yesterday that we have been unable to solve. In fact on my first run I locked up my front wheels in a big way at turn 1 and that meant this run was over."

"Then, on my second run I think track conditions were a bit worse for everyone and this was a particular problem for us as I also had traction problems. But the brakes were the main thing. The soft tyres grain over a long distance, but the harder ones are much more consistent, so I think strategy will be a key factor for the race."

Giorgio Ascanelli, technical director:

"Super-Aguri has done better than us today. Let's hope it's not the start of a trend. All we can do now is start taking a close look at what we are doing."

Scott Speed
Chassis: STR2-04
Best lap: 1:33.038
Position: 18th

Tonio Liuzzi
Chassis: STR2-03
Best lap: 1:33.148
Position: 19th

-credit: toro rosso

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Scott Speed
Teams Toro Rosso