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Williams, Sauber, Toro Rosso struggle in the midfield

"In FP1 it was soon clear that in terms of balance and set-up we were not where we wanted to be," said Daniel Ricciardo, who'd wanted to put in a better showing for his home crowd in Australia. "We made some changes and they helped. I definitely feel we made progress from morning to afternoon, but not enough, so there is more to do overnight to find more pace.

"It's nice to be racing at home in Australia again, which is an added incentive to work really hard to get the car to go quicker and give the fans something to cheer about on Sunday," he added.

His team mate Jean-Eric Vergne was also scratching his head over why the TR8 was currently under-performing in terms of pace in Melbourne.

"We have quite a bit of work to do to get closer to those ahead and I feel we currently lack some speed," he said. "However, our long runs looked pretty good and the balance of the car was okay."

"As expected, the competition is very tight in our part of the grid," added Laurent Mekies, Toro Rosso's head of vehicle performance. "Our work is therefore aimed not only at finding the best possible set-up for the rest of the weekend, but also to start moving it forward for the season.

"In Melbourne, we can usually expect the unexpected and there is a chance of a wet qualifying, while the race here always throws up some surprises," he pointed out. "We must ensure we are ready for whatever circumstances we encounter!"




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Firestorm - Unregistered

March 15, 2013 2:17 PM

I wonder why Crash.net didn't add Force India to this group. They didn't look much faster than Sauber. Maybe McLaren too should be added alongside Force India, Sauber, Williams and Toro Rosso as a midfilder. I said that but I hope that McLaren will be much faster tomorrow. I always dreamed for 5 top teams in a F1 season and I thought I got they this year. I hope that it comes true and McLaren belongs to the top teams, so I expect them to improve significally during the season and the improvement must start tomorrow with both drivers in the top ten in qualifying and race.



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