Toro Rosso team and drivers report from qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne, Round 1 of the 2013 Formula 1 world championship.
Jean-Eric Vergne (STR8-03)
Qualifying Best lap: (Q2) 1:38.778, pos. 13th
“Qualifying was going quite well on my first run. However, when I came into the pits after the long first run on Intermediates, I was expecting to fit the same type of tyres again. But the team opted to put me on slicks: I believed they had a better picture of the situation than I did, but it turned out to be the wrong choice and cost me a chance to get into Q3, which is a shame. All the same, thirteenth isn’t bad and I’ll be aiming for points this afternoon.”
Daniel Ricciardo (STR8-01)
Qualifying Best lap: (Q2) 1:39.042, pos. 14th
“The beginning of the session, when the track was at its dampest, went quite well, but within a couple of laps I was already experiencing problems with the rear of the car and I sensed it would get more difficult as the track dried. I feel we didn’t have the set-up quite right and we need to look into that now. It’s always tricky in mixed conditions. We were aiming for Q3, but from fourteenth on the grid, there’s still a chance of having a good race in a few hours from now.”