Edith Piaf sang, “Non je ne regrette rien,” while Frank Sinatra claimed that, “regrets, I’ve had a few” which means that the American singer is the more likely of the two to have worked in Formula 1, given that whatever you do in this sport, you are bound to regret some decisions and choices made during a season.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing and with it, we can say that we should have brought Daniel in for a late tyre change when the second and final Safety Car period was on in the closing stages of the British Grand Prix. Our Australian driver was lying a handy fourth, having started fifth and clearly a pit stop would have dropped him back, but maybe not as far as his eventual eighth place at the flag. However, if we had called him in and those immediately behind him had not stopped, who knows if he would have even made it into the points. There were no guarantees that the rubber we had left for him in the garage would see him go that much quicker anyway.
As for Jean-Eric, there were no difficult decisions to make regarding his race, as it was decided for us by a tyre blow-out, one of several that almost led to the race being red flagged. The Frenchman got a terrible start, but was fighting his way up the order until the tyre let go in spectacular fashion. Although he managed to limp back to the pits and get going again, it was clear that driving a three wheeled STR8 had done serious damage to the floor and the team decided it was best to retire him.
With only five days until our boys and the twenty other drivers are back on track at the Nurburgring for the German Grand Prix, it would be good to seek out some positives from the home weekend and they’re not too hard to find. Our car seems to be making steady but constant progress and Daniel sixth fastest time in Saturday’s qualifying was a genuine performance, while both men were quick on the long runs and handy in the wet conditions too. We just have to make the most of that next weekend in the ninth round of the World Championship. The biggest question mark hangs over the tyres and Pirelli will be working flat out to find a solution to a problem which all the drivers, ours included, described as very dangerous. That aside, the British Grand Prix was non-stop action, with Nico Rosberg taking a well deserved victory after Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton who led the early stages was the first victim of the tyre troubles. Sebastian Vettel inherited the lead at that point, but parked his car on the main straight with no drive ten laps from the end. That prompted the Safety Car that turned the order on its head. Behind Rosberg, Webber and Alonso were the two men on blistering form and they pulled off several overtaking moves to fill the remaining two podium places.
One more positive for Scuderia Toro Rosso: we are still seventh in the Constructors’ classification, but we have reduced the gap to sixth placed McLaren from 17 to 13.