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Ricciardo 'hoped to be closer to Q3'

Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo was happy with his qualifying effort in India, but said that he had hoped to be closer to making it into Q3 until a scrappy last flying lap effort.
Daniel Ricciardo was happy to have avoided the dreaded Q1 cut that befell his Toro Rosso team mate Jean-Eric Vergne, but he'd hoped to be closer to making it into the final top-ten shootout than he ended up being.

"That was quite a good session for me and I was pretty happy with my laps," said the Australian, who was in the drop zone at one stage before springing out of danger with his final fun and up to 12th place with a time of 1:27.006s.

However, he couldn't reproduce the same form in Q2 and ended up having to settle for 15th place on the grid instead, further back than he'd been hoping.

"My last run in Q2 was a bit scrappy," he admitted. "I had hoped to get a bit closer to Q3, but looking at our pace this morning, we did make a small step forward for qualifying.

"Generally I pushed hard to get the time out of the car," he added. "The nature of this circuit means you have to be aggressive with it."

Vergne was less happy at once again being the driver to fail to make it through to Q2, along with the 'usual suspect' backmarkers of Caterham, Marussia and HRT. Vergne said that overnight changes after struggling in Friday practice had left him on the backfoot for qualifying.

"We made changes to the car overnight, which meant that this morning it was like starting from the beginning with a clean sheet of paper," explained the Frenchman. "It turned out to be quite complicated to find the right balance on the car so it was difficult for me."

"Jean-Eric has made a significant improvement since yesterday, when he was not happy with the car," added Toro Rosso's chief engineer Laurent Mekies. "We made several changes overnight to give him a better feeling and it worked, because he got into a good rhythm this morning."

Despite the improvement, Vergne missed making it through to Q2 by just 0.008s, and he admitted that it was disappointing to miss out by such a narrow margin.




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CommodoreS

October 27, 2012 2:04 PM

Vergne complains a little to much and may see him ousted from Toro Rosso for this expicit reason. He needs to accept where he is/what he has got as does Ricciardo and he may have a future in F1. The team principles have admitted the car does not meet expectations so be patient and low key and see what 2013 holds.

Luke - Unregistered

October 27, 2012 8:50 PM

Ricciardo is starting to show some real potential in the last half of the season, he has thoroughly had a Field day in Qualifying thus far and now his race craft is coming Together, if STR make a car good enough to fight with Sauber and Force india next year he will be the man to watch in 2013. Vergne on the other hand, to me has shown no Real improvement since he had started, he was better in the Races for the first half of the season but hasn't shown any Turnaround or Clear improvement Like Ricciardo and surely doesn't have the ability to put the car in a good Grid position in Qualifying.



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