The Scuderia Toro Rosso team will see Jean-Eric Vergne start the Hungarian Grand Prix from eighth on the grid, with Daniil Kvyat right behind him in tenth despite spinning on his quickest lap in the second segment of qualifying at the Hungaroring.
Vergne was strong throughout qualifying, even topping the opening segment, but ultimately had to settle for eighth on the grid. He felt better in the car than he had done on Friday, and is in a positive frame of mind heading into the race, hoping to score some more points for the team.
“It was a good qualifying session,” said Vergne. “The team has done a great job overnight to give me a car today that I felt much better with than yesterday, so well done to everybody and thanks for the great effort.
“It’s really encouraging for tomorrow, we just have to keep our head down and stay focussed. I will give it my hundred per cent and aim to finish the race as high as possible and score some good points.”
Team-mate Kvyat was on a good enough lap to join Vergne in the top-ten shootout but made a mistake late in the lap that saw him ultimately miss out, but the young Russian will start tenth after Kevin Magnussen was confirmed to be starting from the pit lane in his McLaren. He was disappointed with his mistake, but hopes to learn from it so it doesn’t happen again.
“It could have been an easy Q3 for me today, but unfortunately I locked the rear and I spun,” said Kvyat. “I’m frustrated with myself for this mistake, but I’m confident I will learn from this. I will put this behind me now and focus on tomorrow.
“It’s not easy to overtake on this track, but we will do our best from P11, which is not such a bad position to start from.”
Chief Race Engineering Phil Charles was happy with the progress the team have made and with the efforts the drivers are making. He felt both drivers should have made the final part of qualifying, so was a little disappointed about Kvyat’s spin, but is hoping for a good race and points for both drivers.
“That was an exciting Qualifying session,” said Charles. “Similar to last weekend, we’ve made a step forward from Friday to Saturday’s Qualifying. We had the pace for both cars to get into Q3 in dry conditions, which is encouraging.
“Unfortunately Daniil made a mistake and had a little spin, which was a real shame because he has worked hard all weekend and would have deserved to be in Q3. JEV did a good job in Q3 again in tricky conditions and we are pleased with his lap. Starting from P8 he should be in a good position to have a strong race tomorrow.
“All in all, we are pleased with the work the drivers and also the engineers have done to improve the car.”