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Toro Rosso rues red flag interruption

Qualifying had been looking very promising for Toro Rossi, with Jean-Eric Vergne up in fourth place when the red flag came out for heavy rain and took away the team's momentum.
Toro Rosso were one of the few teams that could have been forgiven for preferring Q2 to continue despite the heavy downpour, and not get red flagged as finally happened with a little over six minutes remaining in that session.

"It could have been a really good qualifying and it had been going well up until the red flag," signed Jean-Eric Vergne. "I was fourth at the time, but I knew it would restart with better track conditions and I would have to do it all over again."

Unfortunately he wasn't able to find the same opportunity in Q2 once the session restarted 90 minutes later: "I think maybe I could have been higher up the order except that I therefore missed the opportunity to do a second flying lap as the chequered flag came out.

"I am disappointed, as I feel I could have got into Q3 today," he added, revealing that the team had considered gambling on a run on the intermediate tyres before finally deciding to play safe with another run on the extreme wet tyres instead.

Even so, Vergne agreed that stopping the session had indeed been the right call in the circumstances. "The red flag was definitely the right decision as there was too much water for the tyres to clear."

Vergne's team mate Daniel Ricciardo had also been in with a chance of progressing through to Q3 before the rain and red flag hit Toro Rosso's campaign.

"Unfortunately, after the restart I didn't manage to get through to the top ten, where we had been before the red flag," he said. "I am sure I was affected by the yellow flag for Grosjean's spin on the last lap, because without it I would have have been into Q3."

Toro Rosso's chief engineer Laurent Mekies added: "Unfortunately, Jean-Eric missed the opportunity to start a second timed lap in this run by just a few seconds, which made his life difficult."

Now the pair's hopes rest on race conditions on Sunday being just as weather-hit as qualifying had been.

"If we have a wet race, which seems likely, I think we can do well tomorrow, when I will be racing hard," said Ricciardo, who made his F1 début at Silverstone exactly a year ago. "The car seems to work well in the wet, but starting in the mid field there will be a lot of spray to contend with, so there are pros and cons to racing in the rain."





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Bobby M - Unregistered

July 08, 2012 5:41 AM

Daniel Ricciardo will actually start from 12th given Hulkenburg and Kobayashi both having grid penalties. If he can get a reasonable start and stay out of trouble he has a good chance of scoring points... Torro Rosso never seems to have a good strategy that works for their drivers. If they can have some luck with safety cars , getting clean air and the start they will be more competitive than usual in the wet.



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