Toro Rosso has been left disappointed by its qualifying performance at the Korean Grand Prix, with the good pace from earlier practice sessions falttering to deceive when it came to qualifying, with Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne only 16th and 17th on the grid.
Ricciardo's day was hardly helped when he stopped on track at the end of the second part of qualifying, causing chaos in which some drivers were accused of not slowing under yellow flags.
“In Q2, we were only doing two runs of one flying lap each and, on my last one, I simply lost drive coming out of Turn 12, feeling as if the car was in neutral and I couldn't find any gears,” the young Australian said.
“I could not bring the car back to the pits and had to abort the run at the side of the track. A shame, because Q1 went very well and I was able to post a competitive time. I don't know if I could have eventually got into Q3 but, whatever the result, this has been a missed opportunity.”
The day was not much better for his team-mate, whose position could have been better if he had not made a mistake.
“The performance looked very good and competitive this afternoon, but unfortunately I tried to take the final corner flat on my very last run, got it wrong and ruined my lap," the Frenchman explained, "I nearly lost the car, so I am angry with myself for that.”
Both drivers have expressed their hope that they can have a successful race, considering the team's recent solid race pace which has produced nine points in the last four races.