There were mixed emotions at Toro Rosso after Daniel Ricciardo finished in seventh place in the Italian Grand Prix but Jean-Eric Vergne was forced to retire.
Ricciardo held off the advances of Romain Grosjean to equal his best Formula 1 result but Vergne parked his car early on in the race.
“I am pleased with that! After qualifying well yesterday, it was nice to maintain that position at the end of today,” said Ricciardo.
“In recent races where we have managed to qualify in the top 10, we didn’t have the pace to stay there in the race, but today we did. I think I got the most out of the car, managing to keep the guys behind me and the low downforce set –up certainly helped us down the straights.”
“The others got close to me in the second sector, but I was able to pull away once we got to the high speed sections, which we knew from yesterday would be our strong point. We must keep pushing hard on the car development for the next few races, because hopefully, a top five finish is not too far away.”
Vergne believes that a car failure cost him a significant handful of points.
“Everything was going well, I wasn’t actually in a battle at the time and was conserving my tyres and controlling Button behind me quite easily,” he said.
“Then I felt something was wrong and had to stop at the side of the track. I said on the radio I thought the engine had gone, but actually it was still running and it seems I had some sort of transmission problem.”
“A real shame, especially as I knew my final stint on the Hard tyre would be even stronger. I would definitely have finished quite high up in the points as the guys ahead were not pulling away from me. I seem to be suffering a lot of bad luck this season, but I keep believing the turning point will come soon.”