Vergne confident of points after Q3 debut

By on Saturday, May 25, 2013

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Jean-Eric Vergne is sure that he can score points in tomorrow's Monaco Grand Prix.

Vergne progressed through to the top 10 shootout but aborted his final lap as the circuit dried.

"My first Q3 of the season feels pretty good, even if I would have preferred it to keep raining right until the end. But even in the dry I got a good lap in, but I aborted my very last lap as I wasn’t able to improve," he said.

"I think this is about where we should be having improved the car still further, which means we are making progress race by race. I believe that our performance in race conditions tomorrow should be better than it was now in qualifying so we will be hoping for a good result, whatever the weather."

"Anything can happen on this track so we can definitely aim for points tomorrow. Getting into Q3 is good but there are no points given out in qualifying, so we still have to concentrate and produce a strong performance tomorrow."

A downbeat Daniel Ricciardo will start the race a row behind his team-mate.

"I am disappointed with that qualifying, as I think this afternoon was a missed opportunity," he said.

"I really wanted Q3 today and with the mixed conditions, the opportunity was there. But we weren’t quick on the Inters and after that I felt we could have done better with the Super Softs, maybe if I’d got in one more lap to get the tyres up to temperature better, so we still have some work to do now. I feel the car has got a good pace on a long run, certainly better than in qualifying, but with the difficulty in overtaking here, starting twelfth is not ideal. So now we need to come up with a good strategy to try and make up for this afternoon."


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