Buoyed by a higher-than-expected position in second practice for the Monaco Grand Prix, Jean-Eric Vergne insisted that he was gunning for points on Sunday.

While that may sound like an obvious statement from Toro Rosso's French driver, it underlines a frustrating start to the season that has seen him fail to finish three of the five races so far, and not add to the four points he claimed in the opening round in Melbourne back in March. However, despite rookie team-mate Daniil Kvyat sitting equal with him in the championship, but accruing his points through a trio of top ten finishes, Vergne refuses to talk about bad luck.

"I do believe in bad luck, but I believe you create your own," he explained, "I just want a clean weekend - I won't ask for anything else, just a clean weekend, no problems. I'm waiting for the race where I don't have any problems because, so far, I have retired in three races out of five, so there is not much I can do."

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Although he is waiting for the chance to stand out in his third year with Toro Rosso, Vergne remains confident that the time will come and, after finishing fourth in the wet second practice on Thursday, is hoping that this will be the weekend.

"Every race weekend is a new one and I come with the same spirit," he reasoned, "Today went well, it was better than expected and gave us good confidence about the car - and myself as well. Of course, we don't expect to finish fourth in qualifying, but I think we are a little more optimistic here.

"Not everything is perfect, and there are still a few things we need to improve on my side, but I am optimistic for Saturday. I am much more confident and, even in my work with the engineers, I know what I want and point them in a good direction, so it's just better.

"I think the top ten is our objective."