Daniel Ricciardo admits the Toro Rosso team are still looking for more speed after fifteenth was the best he could manage on Friday at Monza. The Australian doesn’t feel certain about how competitive the Faenza squad will be but doesn’t think today showed their full potential.
“You come to Monza with a special low downforce package and the car always feels a bit different, moving around more and you are reaching very high speeds, so in terms of balance, it’s hard to be happy here compared to circuits where you run much higher downforce. Therefore you need to change your approach a bit. However, we are still looking for some more speed and even if we have to accept it might not be perfect, I do believe there is room for improvement for the rest of the weekend. We made a couple of changes between the sessions, but we don’t yet have a clear picture of where we are at the moment. It’s nice to see so many people from our factory in Faenza here to support us.”
Jean-Eric Vergne was only a tenth slower than his teammate today but that cost him four positions, a possible prelude to how tight qualifying will be and the French rookie was blown away by his first experience of Monza.
“This is my first time at Monza in a Formula 1 car and it definitely feels fast! I have been getting used to running with very little downforce and we still have some work to do to try and improve our performance level. The team did a good job today in terms of working through a packed test programme and now it’s a case of studying the data, trying to work out the best car set-up for qualifying and for the race. I have to say that driving for an Italian team at Monza in front of such a big crowd, including many of our people from the factory added something special to the experience.”