“It was important for us to finish ahead of Toro Rosso and I’m glad we managed to do that, but we want to become stronger”, said Kobayashi.

“The team did a very good job to recover from a really bad qualifying,” he noted, “I had a good start and also a good race pace. It was important for us to finish ahead of Toro Rosso and I’m glad we managed to do that. The strategy was good and the car was as well – many thanks to the guys.”