Jean-Eric Vergne endured a frustrating qualifying session ahead of the British Grand Prix around Silverstone, after the Frenchman made a mistake during his quick lap in Q2 and therefore failed to progress to the top ten shootout. This understandably angered the Toro Rosso driver, as team-mate Daniel Ricciardo stormed to 6th on the grid.
Since the announcement of Mark Webber’s decision to retire from Formula 1 at the end of the current season, both Toro Rosso drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne have visibly upped their game in a bid to impress Red Bull in their quest for promotion within the outfit. The Ferrari-powered Toro Rosso machine has been impressively competitive throughout the majority of the weekend, with Daniel Ricciardo storming to 6th just behind Paul di Resta. Jean-Eric Vergne could’ve joined his team-mate, however the Frenchman made a mistake during Q2 which scuppered his progress.
“I made a mistake on my quick lap in Q2 and that’s the plain fact and I’m very upset about it, as it lost me the chance to get into Q3 which was definitely possible.” Explained a disheartened Jean-Eric Vergne, “As to what happened when I got it wrong, I am not exactly sure what was the reason: maybe I was too close to [Sebastian] Vettel in front of me, but I felt I lost downforce and then just went straight on. Anyway, I am not looking for excuses. The car was working well, as it has done all weekend, so now I must make up for it in the race tomorrow. The car is quick and we will have something to work with tomorrow afternoon. I think it’s still feasible to have a good race tomorrow and to bring home points.”
With Daniel Ricciardo qualifying a highly impressive 6th for Toro Rosso and Jean-Eric Vergne back in 13th position, a decent points haulage could well be on the cards for the Faenza-based outfit during tomorrow’s 52-lap race. So far this season the outfit has failed to record a double points finish, something both Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne will be striving to change during tomorrow’s British Grand Prix.
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