Toro Rosso: We did pick up pace today 6 July, 2013 Team and drivers report on qualifying for the German Grand Prix at Nurburgring, Round 9 of the 2013 Formula 1 World Championship. Daniel Ricciardo (STR8-01): Third Practice Session Best lap: 1:31.898, pos. 16th, 19 laps Qualifying Best lap: (Q1) 1:31.081, (Q2) 1:30.223, (Q3) 1:30.528, pos. 6th “I’m really delighted with the way qualifying went and it’s very encouraging to be sixth fastest for the second race in a row, which means we are seeing signs of progress and consistency. However, it was not as straightforward here as in Silverstone last week and we definitely had to pull something out of the bag to do the time and get into Q3. We exceeded our expectations today, as in FP3 we did not look so strong. I was particularly pleased with my Q2 lap. I think we did the best we could today and now we look ahead to the race. Last weekend I felt there was a better result than eighth waiting for me and I would like to go for better than seventh, which is my best finish so far. If there’s a chance of a podium, let’s go for it! Nothing’s impossible. The tyre strategy is going to be very interesting with some of the top ten on the grid starting on Primes.” Jean-Eric Vergne (STR8-03): Third Practice Session Best lap: 1:31.855, pos. 14th, 18 laps Qualifying Best lap: (Q1) 1:31.629, (Q2) 1:31.104, pos. 16th “We just weren’t quick enough this afternoon. All weekend my car has been very difficult to drive and that situation hasn’t improved since Friday and I have never really managed to put together a good lap. In qualifying, I didn’t make any mistakes and I was hoping for much better. Even if we cannot work on the cars before the race, we need to understand exactly what caused this drop in performance. Maybe it is linked to the tyres, their temperature or pressure, but I’m not sure. We will see what we can do tomorrow, where I hope to be more competitive and be able to push harder.” Laurent Mekies (Head of Vehicle Performance):“Daniel qualified in the same position as he did in Silverstone, but today it was more unexpected. It did not look that promising yesterday and we changed a lot of things on both cars and tried different directions on the two cars, in terms of our approach to qualifying, to try and pick up our performance level. Clearly, we had more success with Daniel than with Jev, even allowing for some of the different tyre strategies we saw in Q3, so it will be interesting to see how that plays out tomorrow. The bottom line is that we did pick up pace today and even if there is a big gap on the grid between our two cars, we expect them to have similar race pace. We will be trying our best on the strategy side to bring Jev up the order tomorrow. As for Daniel, he nailed his lap in Q1 and Q2 and then produced another good lap in Q3 and he was definitely punching above his weight this afternoon.” (Toro Rosso) Subbed by AJN. Related NewsToro Rosso: we were expecting some pointsToro Rosso: Overall we are very pleasedToro Rosso: Neither driver is particularly happyToro Rosso: We didn’t have the pace we neededToro Rosso: A more challenging weekend for us than the last oneToro Rosso: In the dry our car is lacking some paceToro Rosso: Points have to be our targetToro Rosso: We are a bit more competitive in the wetToro Rosso: Both drivers have done a good jobMarko: Verstappen will be immediately competitive Sunshine117 Although Vergne has a couple more points, I still think Ricciardo is the better driver. Well, not better…just more consistent. Vergne has had two good races and one good qualifying session. Ricciardo has only been out qualified by Vergne twice maybe 3 times and Ricciardo has had more points finishes (I haven’t checked the stats this is all from memory, so don’t blast me if I’m wrong). I mean it’s very close but I think Ricciardo just comes out on top. What does everyone else think? I’m tipping Ricciardo in a Red Bull and Vergne in a Ferrari for 2014…Vergne may even take Grosjean’s seat. The Pessimist Feel sad for Jaime Alguersuari who was a better driver than both these chums who are driving for Toro Rosso but was shown the door by Dr Evil……. and Vergne in a Ferrari, you should be kidding.