Jean-Eric Vergne says he hopes that Toro Rosso will be able to make a push forwards when the F1 season resumes in Spain next weekend.

The Catalunya race will mark the opening event of the European season with the Vergne and team-mate Daniel Ricciardo seeking to build on the seven points there were able to score during the opening four 'fly-away' races.

Vergne has a best finish of tenth so far this year in Malaysia and while he admits that a single point isn't fantastic ahead of the fifth round of the year, the Frenchman said there were plenty of positives to take into next weekend's race.

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"It's not long now until we're back in F1 action in Spain, where I'll be hoping for a big push in this European phase of the season," he wrote in his blog on the Toro Rosso website. "Looking back over the first four races I would say that while it hasn't been fantastic there are positive signs. We have a strong team of good people and they are working well together. The car is essentially competitive too, which was shown with my result in Malaysia and Dan's points in China.

"OK, we had a pretty poor outing in Bahrain but I think this was an aberration. Daniel's car was the slowest on track in the race and that's just not right, as he is definitely not slow. Clearly there was a problem elsewhere.

"You have to think about it like this: a car does not go from finishing seventh in a race to being last in the space of one week. The team is investigating it and I'm sure in Barcelona we won't have problems like that."