SILVERSTONE, UK, June 30th, 2013 (F1Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Toro Rosso’s Daniel Ricciardo impressed by qualifying in sixth place (he will start fifth after Paul Di Resta was excluded from qualifying for having an underweight car), while his teammate missed out on Q3. Both drivers are feeling confident about tomorrow’s race.
When asked about the improved pace of the car, Ricciardo said the car had "a couple of little updates, nothing massive" to help achieve a little more downforce, which is vital around Silverstone.
The Australian went on to say that having a "good Friday" was important as "too many times on a Friday night we’re trying to reinvent the wheel. We got it right [on Friday]."
Speaking more about issues on Fridays, Ricciardo said that they had changed their approach slightly by "not throwing things at the car and just hoping for the best" ensuring that they only put new parts on the car which would help.
Ricciardo is hoping to "move forward" and feels he could "hang with the guys at the start" but admitted there are some quick drivers behind him, pinpointing the Force Indias as competition.
Jean-Eric Vergne made a mistake during his quick lap in Q2 which meant he lost time and failed to get through to Q3.
The Frenchman commented that he was "very upset about it" but felt that was the only reason he didn’t qualify higher. He went on to say that he thought his teammate’s performance was promising and said, “It’s still feasible to have a good race ... and bring home points.”
Both drivers said that they didn’t feel the news of Mark Webber’s retirement had really changed anything for them.