Toro Rosso drivers Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo both feel they need to find more pace if they are achieve their goals in qualifying at Yeongam. Vergne was driving at the same circuit that he made his first official F1 appearance in practice last year but didn’t achieve the ideal set-up, something he knows he has to do tomorrow morning.
“Today was a sort of anniversary for me, as it was in Korea that I started driving the Friday morning sessions for Toro Rosso and today, that went much better than a year ago, when I only completed 5 laps in very heavy rain. I can’t say I thought about it much, as there was plenty of work to do today. It’s a nice track and I felt quite comfortable here. During the day, we worked hard on finding the right balance of the car, between oversteer and understeer and I believe we made some progress over the course of the three hours. But there is more to come, so we must work hard overnight to see how we can move forward for the rest of the weekend.”
Vergne was sixteenth, one place ahead of teammate Ricciardo, and the Australian blamed traffic for his lack of pace on the option tyres. Ricciardo believes he has more pace than the timesheets suggest but isn’t totally happy with his car either.
“We made progress from the morning to the afternoon session and when I started FP2 on the Soft tyre I felt the balance of the car had improved. However, on the Supersoft, I encountered traffic on my first two laps and by the time I had a clear run on the third one, the tyres were no longer at their best. I did the long run on the Option tyre and even if the pace was not what we wanted, it was not too far off, so all things considered the most positive factor is that we have an idea how to move forward for tomorrow and improve in time for qualifying.”