Vergne optimistic of points finish

By on Saturday, April 19, 2014
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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 been good laps, without mistakes.

"This car is pretty difficult to drive in the wet condition, so to make it into Q3 even today is a big satisfaction for me and the team. You really have to make your perfect lap and I think I did.

"As for tomorrow, the weather forecast says it's going to be dry, which is a much more suitable condition for our car, so we can expect a good race. In the long runs our pace looks competitive, so I will do my best to make a good start and from the ninth position on the grid, if everything comes together, we can definitely aim for some more points."

Daniil Kvyat was disappointed not to have made it through to Q3.

"This was a very tricky qualifying session today and even though I gave it my all, I was not able to go any faster than this," he said. "It seems that I have lost a lot of grip between this morning’s FP3 and Qualifying, so I’m eager to have a look at the data later on. Overall I’m disappointed with how things went today."

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