October 4th, 2012 (F1plus Team).- It was very good day for every one at Toro Rosso as both of its drivers, Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo took points in their visit to Korea.
The most remarkable aspect of the feat is that both started in positions well far on the grid and managed to move up.
The rookie Frenchman, Jean-Eric Vergne started from 16th, and little by little climbed up positions to finish eight in what he considers to be his best race of the season so far.
“I am really happy, as this was definitely my best race of the year and the car worked well with very little tyre degradation on both the Prime and the Option. I did not take too many risks at the start and I had a nice fight with Perez in the early stages and then with Di Resta and also Hamilton.
Prudence paid off for Verge who found himself several times engage in track fights with Maldonado, Senna, Hamilton and even his own teammate.
In general, we seem to be making progress and this track seemed to suit us well, which I think we can also expect to be the case in India. The best part of the race? Seeing the chequered flag in the points!” Said Vergne.
For Ricciardo things went even better as he had to start from 22nd after a 5-grid penaly because of a Gearbox change took effect. An improvement of 13 spots to finish ninth represents a huge boost for the team and in this case, for the Australian morale.
It's noticeable the progress Toro Rosso has made in terms of performance, especially after Ricciardo explain his race.
“I got a good start and made up a couple of positions on the opening lap. After that, I got into a really good rhythm and was able to pick off cars ahead of me one by one. Jev was in front and as he got past a car, I was able to follow him through. The second stint also saw us jump a few cars, getting ahead of Schumacher and Force India." Ricciardo commented.
The australian belived he could have finish higher, but an apparent "suspension failure" made to hold off his attack and concetrate in the points finish.
"I found myself going straight on at Turn 3 and at first I thought it must have been a suspension failure because the car suddenly shot to the left and I could not stop it.
However, I realized I could keep going, even if every time I braked the car pulled to the left and I was locking the front a lot. Unfortunately, that cost me eighth place, but at least I was able to give it up to my teammate. I’m still grateful to be in the points with such a problem, although it’s a case of mixed emotions, as it would have been my best result of the season. But for the team overall, it’s been a very good day.” Ricciardo explained.
There's no doubt the team has been doing better in the second half of the season, just like they did last year. Also, having two different race strategies and collecting those good results one can conclude that the pace was there.
"We are definitely improving in this second half of the season and it is the third time in the last four races that we have finished in the points. I would rate this as our strongest performance of the year." Said, team Principal Franz Tost.
"This afternoon, both drivers were able to show the true performance level of the car, combined with a good strategy – both drivers on a two stop, with Daniel starting on the Option and Jean-Eric on the Prime." He added alter.