Toro Rosso: Points have to be our target

Jul.21 (Toro Rosso Press Release) Team and drivers report on qualifying for the German Grand Prix, Round 10 of the 2012 Formula 1 world championship, at Hockenheim.

Daniel Ricciardo (STR7-04)
Third Practice Session
Best lap 1:17.238, pos. 14th, 25 laps
Qualifying
Best lap: (Q1) 1:16.516, (Q2) 1:39.789, pos. 11th
“I am satisfied with that performance. Eleventh is quite good for us, on the edge of Q3. Of course, I’m a little bit disappointed that I missed out on the top ten, but in general this result puts us in a good position for tomorrow and hopefully we can get our nose into the points, even if the race is dry as predicted. As for my quick lap, I actually improved during the run, because even though I was on Intermediates, I seemed to find more grip when there was more water on the track. For that reason, my best lap came right at the end and it was a case of changing lines through some corners from lap to lap as you tried to work out which lines worked best in the conditions. It was a challenging session and I had fun out there this afternoon.”

Jean-Eric Vergne (STR7-03)
Third Practice Session
Best lap: 1:17.419, pos. 16th, 23 laps
Qualifying
Best lap: (Q1) 1:16.741, pos. 18th
“Only two tenths between me and P13 in Q1 which is very close and in fact I think I lost two tenths in the final corner, although apart from that, I feel my lap was quite good. I am disappointed that the rain arrived just a bit too late for me. We went out immediately on the Option as we expected rain to fall in Q1 itself. I am still hopeful of having a good race tomorrow as we seem a bit more competitive in the dry than we were two weeks ago. With the rain affecting several sessions, we have not done as much running on the dry tyres as usual and seeing how they behave will be an interesting factor tomorrow.”

Laurent Mekies (Chief Engineer):“A very entertaining qualifying and a great show for everyone watching. In these conditions, it’s always going to be very tight and Jean-Eric missed the Q2 window by around 6 hundredths and then we missed the cut into Q3 with Daniel also by 6 hundredths. So it was an afternoon of mixed fortunes, with P11 being a good result for Daniel, while with Jev it’s a shame he just missed out on a chance to run in the wet Q2. Tomorrow is reckoned to be dry for the race and it will be interesting to see the fight in the mid-field, as we have one car at the head of this group and the other at the back of it. This weekend is looking like a carbon-copy of Silverstone with a wet Friday and a dry Saturday morning, followed by a wet qualifying, with the race expected to be dry. We will be trying our very best and points have to be our target, at least with Daniel.”

  • mallamoozoo

    Both drivers are struggling to be honest – Vergne cant get to grips with qualifying, though to be fair he is still in rookie stage (though getting towards the end of that phase in his 10th GP now – will have to start delivering soon in quali.)
    Riccardo though is well out of the rookie stage in his 2st GP and with a career tally of a mere 2 points and ZERO notable race performances has probably already done his dash – we’ve seen enough already to know he will never be a top level driver and the team should already be looking to blood someone more promising in the laltter part of the season. Even alguesuari has a case for reinstatement after being unfailry dumped for Ricccardo who is not even meeting Alguesuari’s standard, let alone shining like a star. NEXT!