Toro Rosso finish the season with a reliable race at Yas Marina

Max Verstappen: "It’s been a great season overall, I’ve really enjoyed my rookie season and I think we delivered some strong performances."

Carlos Sainz (STR10-01, Car 55) – Race: 11th

“I’d say it’s been a good day and a positive weekend overall after a very tough start. I’m pleased because we managed to overcome all the problems we had on Friday and we put a very good race together to finish in P11 – I think it was the maximum we could do today. It shows that when we don’t suffer any problems we can be there. My rookie season ends with a positive feeling because I think we’ve had a good year and overall I’ve definitely learned a lot every race, become a better driver and this will make me stronger. I’d also like to thank the whole team for all their hard work during this year, it’s been great!”

Max Verstappen (STR10-02, Car 33) – Race: 16th*

*He finished 12th, but he was imposed 5 second time penalty + Drive through penalty (20 second added to race time)

“It wasn’t my day today. The pace was good, especially at the beginning, but it’s a shame that I locked-up my tyres into Turn 8 and therefore had to do an extra stop. From there on, my whole race was compromised and I knew it was going to be difficult to end up in the points. At least I enjoyed some last overtakes! It’s been a great season overall, I’ve really enjoyed my rookie season and I think we delivered some strong performances. This team has become already like a second family and I’d like to thank everyone here and at the factory in Faenza and Bicester.”

Cedrik Staudohar (Renault Sport F1 track support leader)

“Naturally we hoped for a better result today but at least we finished the race reliably. Even though we end the season on a relative low, we can be proud of the achievements this year, including two fourth positions and a total of 67 points, more than double last year’s total. It has been a pleasure to work with the STR team these last two years. Thanks to all at Viry and Faenza.”

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Series Formula 1
Event Abu Dhabi GP
Sub-event Sunday post-race
Track Yas Marina Circuit
Drivers Carlos Sainz Jr. , Max Verstappen
Teams Toro Rosso
Article type Race report