Toro Rosso enjoyed a fine qualifying performance for the Monaco Grand Prix, as both their drivers made it comfortably into the top 10 for Sunday’s encounter.
Jean-Eric Vergne scored his best dry qualifying result of the 2014 season by putting his Toro Rosso seventh on the grid, while Formula 1 rookie Daniil Kvyat rounded out the top 10 with an impressive showing on his maiden visit to the famous street circuit.
Vergne felt he could have challenged the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen in the final stages of qualifying, but was hindered by the appearance of yellow flags for Nico Rosberg‘s error at Mirabeau. The Frenchman intends to hold his position in Sunday’s race, which would become his best result of the 2014 season.
“I’m very happy with today’s Qualifying”, Vergne said after qualifying. “Certainly for myself but also for the guys, who have deserved some good results for all their hard work. To have both cars in the top ten is a great achievement for everybody.
“My last lap on the Super Softs was effected by the yellow flags but the first one was enough to secure P7, which is quite a good position to start the race.
“If we can put everything together, I’m confident we can finish in the points with both cars. I will definitely push to at least maintain my seventh position until the chequered flag.”
Team-mate Kvyat impressed mightily on his first visit to the Monte Carlo street circuit, joining Verge in Q3 and round out the top 10 as he finished 0.550s from his Toro Rosso stable mate despite a relatively eventful session for the young Russian.
“This was definitely the messiest Qualifying session of my career”, he said. “In Q1 I lost the rear all of a sudden and touched the wall, so I had to come back to the pits for a nose change. I regained confidence straight away though and managed to do two good laps in Q2, which I’m very happy about.
“Unfortunately Q3 was a bit unlucky, because I was not able to go for a proper lap then, having started off on used Options. When I went out for the final run on new Options, I had to back off because of the yellow flag. Obviously this is frustrating because it is a track where you cannot overtake easily, but this is the way it is.
“We will now focus on preparing for tomorrow’s race, where we aim to finish in the points.”