Restrained Vergne optimistic over race prospects

By on Saturday, June 8, 2013

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Jean-Eric Vergne says he is not getting carried away despite achieving the best qualifying result of his Formula 1 career.

Vergne progressed through to Q3 for the second successive race and set the seventh fastest time in Canada.

But the Frenchman insists that he remains focused on bagging a haul of points in Sunday's race.

"The car wasn’t exceptional, but we got the most out of it I think," he said.

"It was tough driving out there, but in the end it worked as is clear from the fact I got seventh place on the grid. It’s my best ever F1 qualifying, but I’m not going to be jumping for joy over a seventh place, as there are no points given out on Saturday."

"We still have the main part of the job to do tomorrow, when I will be trying to at the very least maintain this position and even do better. I’m a racing driver so I always want to go forward. It will be a difficult afternoon in very different conditions, but our long run pace was good yesterday so that’s a reason to be optimistic."

Daniel Ricciardo also made it through to Q3 but admitted that fortune played a large part in him setting the tenth fastest time.

"The conditions were very difficult this afternoon, everything you can think of – wet, damp, greasy, oily…so we never really got going and we were quite lucky to make it into Q3 as I was never really comfortable or happy with the car on the intermediate tyre," he said.

"I think there was an element of luck with me getting into the top ten today. If it’s dry tomorrow, I feel we can move forward up the order as I think that there are a few guys in front of us, who won’t have that pace in the dry so I’m definitely hoping the rain holds off tomorrow."

"However, I am happy that both Toro Rossos are in the top ten, which is a great achievement for the team."

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