Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne were both pleased with their day’s work after impressing on Friday at Silverstone. Following Mark Webber’s retirement, the two Toro Rosso teammates are under the microscope and they finished the opening day of the British Grand Prix sixth and seventh respectively after the dry second session.
Ricciardo had earlier finished fastest of all in the wet FP1 and the Australian was reasonably happy with his car in both conditions.
“I decided to do quite a few laps in the rain this morning, as I felt the track was safe enough and you can always learn something in those tricky conditions and I think it pleased the fans as well! This afternoon, we were pretty good in the dry, getting a good run on the Hard compound and improved further on the Medium. However, I had hoped our long run would be better, so we definitely have more work to do overnight, but generally a positive day.”
Vergne was similarly satisfied and admitted the pace on Friday was better than he expected. He does still hope for an improvement tomorrow though in order to be assured of a place in Q3.
“This afternoon, as soon as I left the garage, I could tell the car felt very good. It was easy to push and my lap times were good. That doesn’t mean we’re going to relax, far from it and we will be working hard tonight to look at all the data to see how we can improve. I feel we have a chance here to do well over the rest of the weekend. Coming to this track which is so different to the last two ones we have raced on, I would say today’s performance has been a pleasant surprise.”