After promising so much during practice, only one Scuderia Toro Rosso driver made it through to the third part of qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix. Daniil Kvyat was the fortunate driver, and will start tenth, while Jean-Eric Vergne only just missed out by less than a tenth of a second and will start twelfth.
Kvyat managed to get into the final part of qualifying but felt he got the maximum he could have out of the car, and praised the team for their efforts. He still feels the car is not where it needs to be in set-up but hopes the race will be good for him on Sunday.
“I think we definitely got the maximum out of the car today, so well done to the team,” said Kvyat. “Q3 was a bit scrappy and throughout the session the car was difficult to drive. But fortunately we managed to pull it all together and complete a good lap in Q2 and move on to Q3. P10 was the best possible result today.
“We still have some homework to do tonight to make sure the car feels more consistent tomorrow, but for today we did what we could.”
Team-mate Vergne felt he should have joined Kvyat in the final part of qualifying, but admitted a small mistake cost him that opportunity. He feels he will be able to get a good result in the race, with points the aim from his twelfth place on the grid.
“I had some problems with the front hand of the car today,” revealed Vergne. “I just could not make it work and bring it up to the right temperature, which caused me some front locking. Then I made a mistake and I lost more than three tenths. Q3 was not far so it’s a real shame.
“But it’s tomorrow that counts and we have got a competitive car here to gain some positions back and score some points.”