Toro Rosso Logo2014 SPANISH GRAND PRIXVIEW

JEAN-ERIC VERGNE (25): “….. It’s also a circuit that all the drivers know very well, having raced there many times…so usually the gaps between the teams are a bit smaller than at other tracks”

DANIIL KVYAT (26): “…Here at this track, you need to find the right compromise between the high speed and slow sections…”

Even if the European part of the season has

shrunk in recent years – although well done

Red Bull getting Austria back on the calendar – returning

to the Old Continent is always one of the high points

of the year. The honour of welcoming the teams back to

Europe has fallen to the Circuit of Catalunya for many

years now and this will be the 24th time the Spanish

race has been held here. The circuit layout is challenging

technically, with a very long pit straight and some long

fast corners, but it usually takes something like rain or

massive tyre degradation to throw up a truly exciting race.

With this year’s rule changes, it’s hard to know what

to expect. The race comes after the longest break in the

calendar – official summer shutdown excluded – which

means all the teams will have targeted it for some technical

upgrades and depending on who has done the best

job, it either means the situation seen in the first four races

is maintained or another team emerges from the pack.

JEAN ERIC VERGNE

This race marks the start of the European season and it’s very important from

one point of view – no more jet lag and a lot less flying! It’s also a circuit that

all the drivers know very well, having raced there many times in the junior

categories and so usually the gaps between the teams are a bit smaller than

at other tracks. I like it and have good memories from winning races there in

the past. It’s the sort of track where the global picture of the car makes the

difference, in terms of its balance and aero package, as it’s not particularly

demanding on the brakes or engine. I like the city of Barcelona, it’s got a

good vibe to it and, on top of that, it’s not so far from France, so quite a

few fans make the trip for this first race in Europe.

DANIIL KVYAT

Like all the drivers, I have spent a lot of time at this circuit, racing and testing.

I’ve had some good results there, I particularly remember a Eurocup race in

2011, when I started from twentieth and finished third. There were also some

painful memories, when I lost the Eurocup there one year later, but overall,

I have learned many valuable lessons at the Catalunya circuit. I’m looking

forward to being back in Europe and having some shorter flights. It will all feel

more familiar to me. Here at this track, you need to find the right compromise

between the high speed and slow sections, so finding the right balance in

the set-up is the key to a quick lap. I have no idea how the track will suit the

STR9, except that so far this year, we have been okay in the high speed

corners. We won’t know until Friday.