Qualifying for the German Grand Prix proved to be a very mixed affair for the Toro Rosso duo of Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne. Daniel Ricciardo was “really delighted” with his Saturday while team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne reflected on a hard day in which he feels the car was just too hard to drive to put in a competitive lap.
Ricciardo, who starts sixth, which is his equal best Qualification (excluding last weekend where he was promoted to fifth following Paul di Resta’s disqualification), says he was delighted with his Qualifying, even if it was a surprise: “I’m really delighted with the way qualifying went and it’s very encouraging to be sixth fastest for the second race in a row, which means we are seeing signs of progress and consistency. However, it was not as straightforward here as in Silverstone last week and we definitely had to pull something out of the bag to do the time and get into Q3.
We exceeded our expectations today, as in FP3 we did not look so strong. I was particularly pleased with my Q2 lap. I think we did the best we could today and now we look ahead to the race. Last weekend I felt there was a better result than eighth waiting for me and I would like to go for better than seventh, which is my best finish so far. If there’s a chance of a podium, let’s go for it! Nothing’s impossible. The tyre strategy is going to be very interesting with some of the top ten on the grid starting on Primes.”
Meanwhile, Jean-Eric Vergne starts sixteenth and lamented his bad day at the office: “We just weren’t quick enough this afternoon. All weekend my car has been very difficult to drive and that situation hasn’t improved since Friday and I have never really managed to put together a good lap. In qualifying, I didn’t make any mistakes and I was hoping for much better. Even if we cannot work on the cars before the race, we need to understand exactly what caused this drop in performance. Maybe it is linked to the tyres, their temperature or pressure, but I’m not sure. We will see what we can do tomorrow, where I hope to be more competitive and be able to push harder.”
Daniel Ricciardo starts sixth behind Lewis Hamilton, both Red Bull’s and both Lotus’ while Jean-Eric Vergne starts sixteenth.