Ricciardo, Vergne happy with top 10 slots

By on Saturday, November 23, 2013
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Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne expressed their happiness after qualifying in the top 10 for the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Ricciardo will start his final race for Toro Rosso from seventh place on the grid.

"It was tricky out there this afternoon, but even since last year, we have often demonstrated that we can be competitive in the wet," he said.

"It’s the best qualifying the team has had in a long time and I am very happy that both cars are in the top eight. I will be very motivated to convert today’s work into points tomorrow on what will be my last race with Toro Rosso after two very happy seasons with them."

Vergne says he is targeting his first top 10 finish since the Canadian Grand Prix in June as he starts from eighth on the grid.

"I am happy for myself and for the team, because to get both cars into the top eight is a great result," he said.

"We were not really as quick as I had expected to be, because usually, in other races this year, we have a very good car in the wet, but since Friday I have been struggling a bit more than usual in these changeable conditions."

"However, even if qualifying was not easy, starting from eighth is very encouraging, especially as it was a bit touch and go to get into Q2 at the start of the session, as we didn’t time our first run very well. After that I managed a very good lap to get through to the next part of the session. Points definitely have to be my target for tomorrow and anything can happen here in the rain."

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