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Posted on Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Vergne: Monaco needs 'humble' treatment

Jean-Eric Vergne says he is not approaching this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix with an overconfident demeanour, despite a couple of strong showings at the circuit. Vergne ran in the top 10 in 2012 until a late tyre gamble failed to pay off, while last year he raced to a fine eighth place. But the French driver does not believe that he can rely on his previous performances. "I have raced there twice in Formula One and both times I performed well," he said. "I think […]

Posted on Thursday, May 8, 2014

Vergne: Toro Rosso better than in 2013

Jean-Eric Vergne believes that Toro Rosso has made gains compared to 2013. Vergne scored points in Australia but has since been beset by misfortune. The French racer nonetheless says that he and Toro Rosso must believe that the results will arrive. "I think it is really good, it sounds weird but we need to keep the momentum," he said of Toro Rosso's 2014 season. "The work we’ve done is much better than last year, my job was better than last year. Everything is going in […]

Posted on Saturday, April 19, 2014

Vergne optimistic of points finish

Jean-Eric Vergne believes he can return to the top 10 for the first time since the first round of the year in Australia after he qualified in ninth place for the Chinese Grand Prix. Vergne progressed through to the top 10 shootout for the third time in four rounds but has failed to finish the last two events. "I'm really pleased with my qualifying, it's been a great lap," he said. "I'm happy with myself as all my qualifying laps this year so far have […]

Posted on Sunday, April 6, 2014

Vergne frustrated by Lotus collision

Jean-Eric Vergne cut a frustrated figure after his second successive retirement at the Bahrain Grand Prix. Vergne made contact with one of the Lotus drivers at the start and had to retire due to the damage sustained to his Toro Rosso. "It was a bit of a mess at the start in turn eight with a lot of cars around me, but while the others were having a poor exit I had a clean one on the outside," he said. "When I then found myself […]

Posted on Saturday, April 5, 2014

Vergne disappointed by Q2 exit

Toro Rosso driver Jean-Eric Vergne expressed his disappointment after being unable to progress through to the top 10 shootout in Bahrain. Vergne qualified inside the top 10 in both Australia and Malaysia but managed only 13th on the grid in Bahrain. "I am a little bit disappointed and also surprised with only making it to Q2, because we were fast enough to get into Q3 looking at how the rest of the weekend went so far," he said. "But unfortunately the others were faster and […]

Posted on Monday, March 24, 2014

Kvyat more confident ahead of Malaysia

Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat says that ninth place on his Formula 1 debut in Australia has given him more confidence for this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix. Kvyat took advantage of wet conditions during qualifying to progress through to the top 10 shootout in his first event and remained in the mix for points throughout the race. The Russian eventually finished in tenth place but was promoted to ninth following Daniel Ricciardo's exclusion. Kvyat believes past experience at the Sepang circuit will help his cause […]

Posted on Saturday, March 15, 2014

Kvyat elated with debut qualifying performance

Toro Rosso racer Daniil Kvyat expressed his elation after setting the eighth fastest time during qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix. The 19 year old Russian progressed through to Q3 and set the eighth quickest time despite making contact with the wall on the approach to turn 11 in tricky conditions. "This was a very good session for us and I really didn’t expect to be qualifying 8th at my first Grand Prix 2 months ago! This is definitely a big step forward and I’m […]

Posted on Friday, March 14, 2014

Braking issues hampering Vergne

Jean-Eric Vergne says that the brake-by-wire system is hampering Toro Rosso's progress at the Australian Grand Prix. Vergne and team-mate Daniil Kvyat completed more laps than any other driver pairing but Vergne was struggling with the new system and had several off-track excursions. The Frenchman set the 11th quickest time in second practice. "Sometimes you've got this massive recharging at the rear, which recharges too much, so you have locking at the rear," Vergne told Autosport. "Sometimes it doesn't want to recharge and the brake […]

Posted on Saturday, February 22, 2014

Vergne: Toro Rosso facing major problems

Jean-Eric Vergne has admitted that Toro Rosso is facing major problems after the second pre-season test in Bahrain. Vergne completed 19 laps in the STR9 on the final day of the test and set only the eighth fastest time. "There’s no point in making negative comments, because everyone knows we are facing major problems and we are not alone in that," he said. "We knew when we came to Bahrain that there had not been enough time since the previous test to have solved all […]

Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014

Toro Rosso STR9 revealed at Jerez

Toro Rosso has unveiled the STR9 in the pit lane at Jerez, ahead of the first test of the year. The STR9 will be driven by Jean-Eric Vergne and reigning GP3 champion Daniil Kvyat. Vergne will test the car on Tuesday and Thursday, with duties falling to team-mate Kvyat on Wednesday and Friday. Toro Rosso has switched from Ferrari to Renault power for 2014, aligning themselves with world champions Red Bull. "In 2012, we began a concept study for STR9, the earliest we have ever […]

Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014

Toro Rosso to reveal STR9 on January 27

Toro Rosso will unveil their 2014 challenger on the evening of Monday 27 January at Jerez. The STR9 will be revealed to the media in the pit lane ahead of the first test at the Spanish circuit. The team will then head straight into testing on the following day, with Jean-Eric Vergne giving the car its track debut. Reigning GP3 champion Daniil Kvyat joins Vergne at the team for 2014, in place of Daniel Ricciardo. Toro Rosso is set to become the fourth team to […]