While the advent of getting both cars comfortable into the second stage of qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix would have been met with joy at Scuderia Toro Rosso just a few races ago, Sebastian Vettel and Vitantonio Liuzzi admit to being slightly disappointed with 13th and 14th on the grid.

A sign of how far the team have come in just a couple of races, their fourth and sixth place finishes in China have given Toro Rosso high aspirations ahead of the final round of the season at Interlagos.

Although 13th for Vettel and 14th for Liuzzi still marks one of their best qualifying performances of the season, there was a feeling amongst both drivers that there was more to come from their packages.

"A few races ago if you had said I would be 13th on the grid in the Brazil I would have been very happy and it shows we are definitely making progress, Vettel said. "It was quite a difficult session and at first the car did not work as well as it did in the morning, but we played around with tyre pressures and it got better in the end.

"I think the track got slower in the early part of qualifying. With two quite soft tyre specifications, tomorrow's race could be interesting, especially when running on the softer of the two. Now we have to give a lot of thought to our strategy for tomorrow afternoon. Of course, some dark clouds and rain would suit us better for tomorrow, but let's see what happens in what is always a tough race round this track."

Indeed, Liuzzi was frustrated to be out-qualified by his German team-mate after showing well in practice and the first qualifying session, before track changes left him fighting an unpredictable machine in Q2.

"I'm not so happy with this result, because the morning session was pretty good but then I think we had more to give this afternoon. Q1 was okay, but in Q2, I seemed to suffer with a lot of understeer, especially in sectors 2 and 3, as well as graining on the tyres.

"The track conditions changed a lot from the morning when the car was really well balanced so I was expecting to be stronger in qualifying. My strategy tomorrow? I think I should do whatever Sebastian does as it seemed to work quite well in the last two races!"

 

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