Toro Rosso drivers, Daniil Kvyat and Jean-Eric Vergne, both ended their British Grand Prix weekend as point scorers.
The part Bicester-based team recorded their first double top ten finish since the opening round of the 2014 FIA F1 World Championship in Australia back in March, and both drivers were happy to be classified in the top ten.
Kvyat was driving in his first British Grand Prix, the 20-year-old Russian graduating to F1 this year as the GP3 Series champion.
The youngster said: “This has been a good weekend for me and the team. I have enjoyed racing at Silverstone and the event has been a real party as I believe the track has been celebrating its 50th Grand Prix event.
“I was happy to take part in autograph sessions for the fans and I have met many nice people. For the race I am happy that I had a good run. After the race was stopped due to Raikkonen’s accident we had to wait on the grid, but once the race restarted I could focus on the job and I am pleased to have finished ninth. It was good for the team to have both cars in the top ten.”
Jean-Eric Vergne, who is placed two positions higher in the world championship standings, added: “Sadly I was involved in an opening lap collision with Sergio Perez in the Force India. He had a spin and I lost some time. I then managed to get my race together and settle down and chase hard for the top ten. One point is good, I would have liked more, but for the team it is very important to have both cars finish in the top ten.”
The double point-scoring finish has left Toro Rosso-Renault seventh in the Constructors’ standings ahead of next weekend’s German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring.
Kvyat added: “I think we should be in a good position to challenge for more points at the ‘Ring. Our season is going quite well and I think that Renault are working very hard to make our V6 engine as competitive as possible.”
The Renault V6 turbocharged powerplant, as used by Toro Rosso, Red Bull, Lotus and Caterham is undergoing continual development work as the French manufacturer strives to maintain status with the all-conquering Mercedes powerplant.
Prior to the Silverstone Grand Prix weekend, the manufacturer announced several changes within its motorsport division as work on the 2014 technologically advanced powerplant continues.