Hartley grabs point as Baku error costs Aston Martin Red Bull Racing

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN – APRIL 29: Brendon Hartley of New Zealand driving the (28) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR13 Honda on track during the Azerbaijan Formula One Grand Prix at Baku City Circuit on April 29, 2018 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images) / Red Bull Content Pool

Kiwi 10th for Scuderia Toro Rosso as Ricciardo and Verstappen crash out.

Brendon Hartley scored his first Formula 1 point at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in his eighth race, however Aston Martin Red Bull Racing will want to get back racing in Spain again in a hurry.

Last year’s Baku winner Daniel Ricciardo and team-mate Max Verstappen collided on lap 39 which forced them both out of the race, while Hartley’s Scuderia Toro Rosso colleague Pierre Gasly finished 12th.

Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton clinched the race win, and was joined by Kimi Raikkonen and Sergio Perez on the podium.



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Red Bull Racing

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN – APRIL 29: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Red Bull Racing prepares to drive on the grid before the Azerbaijan Formula One Grand Prix at Baku City Circuit on April 29, 2018 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) – Red Bull Content Pool

DANIEL RICCIARDO
Finish Position: DNF, Start Position: 4th
“For sure it was a chaotic race and I guess we caused most of that. I have watched a few replays and the only thing we can both say is sorry to the Team. This is the last thing we wanted. We want to be able to race and I’m thankful that the Team let us race. We tried to keep it clean and give each other room but we were racing hard and in the end it cost us. I’m not going to talk about the incident but this was the worst case scenario and everyone is pretty heartbroken. I will personally apologise to the Team and once again I’m just sorry we are all in this situation when everyone has worked so hard to give us such a good car.”

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN – APRIL 29: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia driving the (3) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB14 TAG Heuer and Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB14 TAG Heuer battle on track during the Azerbaijan Formula One Grand Prix at Baku City Circuit on April 29, 2018 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images) / Red Bull Content Pool

MAX VERSTAPPEN
Finish Position: DNF, Start Position: 5th
“Today was just really disappointing for the Team and we lost many points unnecessarily. I don’t think we need to speak about fault because at the end of the day we are racing for a team and representing a lot of people, so when this happens it is not good for both of us. The tow was very strong and our speed was very similar, so we were then always very close to each other. Before the accident it was hard racing but fair I think and we gave each other space, we had a little brush with the wheels but I think in racing that can happen, but what happened afterwards is not good. We will learn from this and have to make sure it doesn’t happen again. I don’t think not letting us race anymore is the way forward but of course we will talk this over as a team and learn from it. We are always very fair to each other and have spoken immediately about this. For now, I’m just sorry and want to apologise to the people we represent here and at the factory as well.”

CHRISTIAN HORNER, Team Principal
“It was a really frustrating race for the Team today. After some hard racing between the two drivers throughout the Grand Prix, unfortunately, contact was made after the pitstop resulting in the retirement of both cars. Obviously, for the Team it is hugely disappointing. We allow our drivers to race wheel-to-wheel, which they have done to great effect during the last two years. Unfortunately, today has happened and there is no blame apportioned to either side. It is hugely frustrating for the Team and the drivers have apologised. The most important thing is to learn from today and ensure that we avoid a repeat situation.”

Scuderia Toro Rosso

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN – APRIL 29: Brendon Hartley of Scuderia Toro Rosso and New Zealand with Pierre Hamlin, Race Engineer of Brendon Hartley of Scuderia Toro Rosso and France during the Azerbaijan Formula One Grand Prix at Baku City Circuit on April 29, 2018 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images) / Red Bull Content Pool

Brendon Hartley (STR13-03, Car 28)
Race: Pos. 10th
“That was an interesting race! From my point of view, I kept it clean but we didn’t really have the pace today to challenge in the midfield. In the areas we needed to overtake we just couldn’t get close enough. There was a lot of drama around me, but I managed to keep my nose clean and take home my first World Championship point in F1, which is great! It was important for me to get to the end of the race today – especially after yesterday! I think at times during the race the pace was OK, but on the Ultrasoft tyre at the end I didn’t feel like I could challenge the cars in front. I would have loved to attack a bit more but let’s be happy with a point on the board…I’ll take this momentum into the next race!”

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN – APRIL 29: Pierre Gasly of France and Scuderia Toro Rosso driving the (10) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR13 Honda on track during the Azerbaijan Formula One Grand Prix at Baku City Circuit on April 29, 2018 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images) / Red Bull Content Pool

Pierre Gasly (STR13-04, Car 10)
Race: Pos. 12th
“I had a really good start to the race, from 17th I managed to get into the top 10 after the first lap, but after that it was really tough to hold my position! I couldn’t do much to keep the cars behind on the straights and I was overtaken by quite a few. It was so difficult! After the final restart, I had an incident with Magnussen where he put me in the wall, breaking half of my floor, my mirror, and bending my steering. It was quite a frustrating race because with all of the retirements and without the collision I could have been in the points.”

Franz Tost (Team Principal):
“Generally speaking, it was a difficult weekend for us. We struggled yesterday in Qualifying and therefore we had to start from 17th and 19th position on the grid. I was quite upset yesterday when we didn’t achieve Q2 – which was realistic because Pierre showed quite good performance and he was on a fast lap when the incident with Brendon happened. However, looking into it afterwards I must say that we have to be quite happy that nothing major occurred between them. Regarding today’s race, I want to congratulate Brendon for his first point in F1! We knew Baku would have been a difficult race for us, but our performance this weekend was not on the level we expected. We will work hard to improve and be in a better position in the next races.”

Toyoharu Tanabe (Honda F1 Technical Director):
“After a difficult first two days, both drivers did well to stay out of trouble in the early chaos and managed to move up the order, with Pierre running inside the top ten in the early part and again towards the end until the coming together with Magnussen. In the end, we benefited from the mistakes of others for Brendon to take his first F1 point. The whole package lacked top speed today, more so than on the first two days and we must now look at the cause for that. However, it is clear that part of the reason for this is that we are still slightly down on power compared to our rivals. We knew this and are working hard on development to improve, while not compromising the reliability of the PU components.”

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