Daniel Ricciardo believes Toro Rosso have the capability to qualify in the top ten tomorrow despite finishing just outside in Friday practice. The Australian was eleventh quickest today but took encouragement from the progress made between sessions and hopes to continue the momentum tomorrow.
“In FP1 we found ourselves a little bit on the back foot, as I wasn’t really comfortable with what I had underneath me. We made some adjustments for FP2 and they produced what we expected, which is positive. Now we have to fine tune those adjustments and then we can have a good package. In high downforce configuration and high temperatures we have struggled a bit this year, but I feel the changes to the car should see us make a step forward, although in Formula 1 you always have to remember that the other teams are also developing their cars. Today, myself and Jean-Eric were just outside the top ten, but I’m confident we can move forward from there tomorrow and if we get into Q3, then we can look forward to a strong race on Sunday.”
Teammate Jean-Eric Vergne is also hopeful of a Q3 spot tomorrow but also feels optimistic that the Toro Rosso will be equally competitive on Sunday night.
“We have some new things on the car here and we have spent today getting to understand how they work. I would say they show good potential for improvement. It all went smoothly, so now it’s the usual story of looking at all the data to find the best possible set-up for tomorrow. It’s going to be a long night for everyone, but I am confident that we can come up with something useful. As part of the usual tyre evaluation, I did a long run on the Supersoft and it felt pretty good and I was quite pleased with that. The main area we need to work on for tomorrow is the balance.”