Scuderia Toro Rosso technical director Giorgio Ascanelli has expressed his disappointment at the team's pace in qualifying this afternoon at the Nurburgring after they were well and truly beaten by their nearest rivals, the Super Aguris.

While Toro Rosso and Super Aguri have both been pretty evenly matched on balance this season in qualifying, the Red Bull 'B' team have had the upper hand in the last two events in France and Britain.

Ascanelli has conceded though following qualifying at the European Grand Prix that they need to do some work now with the STR-02: "Super-Aguri has done better than us today," he stated. "Let's hope it's not the start of a trend. All we can do now is start taking a close look at what we are doing."

Scott Speed meanwhile set the best time out of the two STR drivers and he will line up in 18th, two tenths off Takuma Sato's Aguri and almost six tenths off Anthony Davidson, who was the quicker of the two SA07 pilots.

Despite benefiting from new parts on his car, unlike team-mate, Vitantonio Liuzzi, Speed felt that the changes had not moved them forward: "Since yesterday, we have been struggling here and I'm not quite sure why," he noted. "It's disappointing not to get to Q2 and tomorrow is going to be a tough afternoon.

"We have made steps forward with the car, but it has only served to keep us where we were as the others have all moved forward too. It is frustrating. We will need a bit of luck tomorrow to get something out of this situation."

Liuzzi was philosophical about the situation, especially as he had brakes problems. In the end he was less than a tenth slower than Speed.

"I think that all things considered, this position is probably a fair reflection of where we are. At the most, Scott and me might have swapped places, even if I knew I was at a slight disadvantage to him, as he was running some new aero components," added the Italian. "I also had problems with the brakes since yesterday that we have been unable to solve."

 

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