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Hartley: Bahrain led STR to expect more

Cape Town – Brendon Hartley reckons Pierre Gasly‘s P4 at the Bahrain
Grand Prix meant those inside Toro Rosso, and those looking in, expected more
from the team. 

Hartley had an incredible Bahrain GP weekend as the
Frenchman qualified his STR13 in sixth place and raced to fourth at the
chequered flag. 

The result equalled Toro Rosso’s best showing from 2017
while also marking Honda best finish since they returned to F1 in 2014. 

Toro Rosso, though, have only scored twice since – a P10 for
Hartley and a seventh for Gasly. 

“It’s very fair to say that we over exceeded all of our
expectations in Bahrain,” Hartley told Motorsport.com. 

“Our brief before the start of the season was, ‘Look
guys, the first few races are going to be really tough for us’. 

“We spent all of this time and energy incorporating
Honda and there has been a lot of changes behind the scenes in aerodynamics,
we’ve probably taken one step back to take two step forwards later in the

“[Then we go] to Bahrain and blew all of our
expectations out of the water, and probably for everyone else as well they
would have expected that again.” 

Hartley is however hoping that Toro Rosso will get it right
at the next race in Montreal. 

Not only will Honda be introducing an upgraded engine at the
Canadian GP, but Toro Rosso also have a few parts coming. 

“There is light at the end of the tunnel, an update on
the floor and an engine upgrade coming for Montreal. 

“Everyone’s motivated, working hard, but I think in
some ways that result in Bahrain added all this expectation that maybe
shouldn’t have been there. 

“But that’s Formula 1 and you see other teams
struggling from one week to the other as well.”

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