There were mixed emotions at Toro Rosso following qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix.
Daniel Ricciardo progressed to Q3 for the first time since Bahrain last year and will start from seventh place on the grid.
“It’s nice to be in Q3,” said the Australian. “I am definitely looking forward to having a strong race tomorrow and will give it all I’ve got to make the most of this seventh place on the grid. I think it will be an exciting race and today, you could see that most of us waited until the last moments in Q3 to go out, with everyone thinking about saving tyres for tomorrow, as the Options were having a hard time on a long run on Friday”.
“This result will boost everyone’s spirits, and mine as well and I really can’t wait for the lights to go out tomorrow!”
Team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne qualified sixteenth and was disappointed with his effort.
“That was disappointing, because I’ve been on the pace since Friday, something didn’t feel quite right on the car this afternoon,” he said.
“However, I am sure we can sort things out for tomorrow and when you see where my team-mate qualified then that has to be a positive sign for tomorrow, because the car is clearly working well. There will be plenty of opportunities to do something from here in the race. The tyre situation is quite complicated and we will have to see how to make the most of them, because the right strategy will be the biggest factor tomorrow afternoon. What we can say is that the car has definitely improved compared to the first two races.”