Suspension issues wreck Toro Rosso's European GP run

Carlos Sainz has said the suspension issue that had ruled him out of the European GP might have been the exact same problem that ended teammate Daniil Kvyat's race.

Suspension issues wreck Toro Rosso's European GP run
Daniil Kvyat, Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11
Daniil Kvyat, Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 and Nico Hulkenberg, Sahara Force India F1 VJM09 battle for position
Carlos Sainz Jr., Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 retired from the race
Carlos Sainz Jr., Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 retired from the race
Carlos Sainz Jr., Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 retired from the race
Carlos Sainz Jr., Scuderia Toro Rosso on the grid
(L to R): Daniil Kvyat, Scuderia Toro Rosso with team mate Carlos Sainz Jr., Scuderia Toro Rosso
Daniil Kvyat, Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11

Kvyat had to call it a day 11 laps into the race, pulling into the pits after just one lap on his new set of softs, while Sainz's car gave out on the main straight, forcing him to retire in the run-off at Turn 1.

Speaking about his difficult race, Sainz said: "We had problems already yesterday, we had to go again with the same brakes as yesterday, so I knew it was going to be a tricky race.

"Then on lap two we struggled with temperatures and we had to cut down the power on the engine, so we had to do the whole race down on power.

"Even though we were recovering fine, with good pace, at the end we had to retire for a suspension issue."

Asked by Motorsport.com whether his car suffered the same issue that had sidelined Kvyat, he said: "Yeah, it could be that it's the same, they're still investigating and they'll let us know."

Kvyat, for his part, said that it was worrying to be piloting a troubled car on Baku's street circuit.

"It wasn't a big pleasure to drive with this problem because the car felt a bit out of control. I stayed out, we boxed, hoping there was an issue with the tyre - and we changed the tyre, but the problem stayed.

"And that lap on the prime, it was very hard for me, I never knew if I was going to go into the wall or not. Nevertheless, hopefully we will learn something and we will consider it for the future races. Simple as that."

"No positives"

Asked by Motorsport.com whether he still took positives from his Friday pace despite brake woes on Saturday and the retirement on Sunday, Sainz said: "We've had problems in the car in the two moments that counted - qualifying and the race - so we cannot be positive about nothing."

"We didn't have obviously the pace to score a lot of points, but today at one point even down on power and starting from the back we were battling with the Red Bulls.

"I still obviously need to find out what was exactly the problem, but it is clear something will need to change in that area and [we need to] learn from it. As far as the team learns and we become a better team from this and it doesn't happen again, it's fine for me."

Kvyat, however, was more positive in his assessment.

"There was plenty of positives this weekend - we need to take that," he said.

"There are people in our team whose work is to focus on negative things, so they focus on negative things. Me and my crew, we focus on more positive things and we try to carry them into the next events."

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