All smiles as Toro Rosso doubles up
14 October 2012 – The Korean Grand Prix delivered Toro Rosso’s equal best result of the 2012 Formula 1 season, with Jean-Éric Vergne leading home Daniel Ricciardo just as he had in Belgium last month. This meant a points haul of six at Yeongam.
Both drivers kept out of trouble at the start and, as a recovering Lewis Hamilton threatened in the closing stages, Ricciardo sensibly allowed his team-mate through. Both the Frenchman and Australian were then let off the hook as Hamilton ran wide and picked up a chunk of loose artificial grass which hampered his handling.
“Towards the end, I was told that my team-mate had a problem, but overall for the team to get eighth and ninth - with Daniel also driving a great race - is a fantastic result. Everyone in the team worked very hard on improving the car throughout the weekend. In general, we seem to be making progress and this track seemed to suit us.”
Ricciardo also wore his usual smile despite mixed emotions.
“Then my last stint on the Prime was my best until, with about ten laps to go, I found myself going straight on at Turn 3; at first I thought it must have been a suspension failure because the car suddenly shot to the left and I could not stop it. However, I realised I could keep going, even if every time I braked the car pulled to the left and I was locking the front a lot. Unfortunately, that cost me eighth place, but at least I was able to give it up to my team-mate. I’m still grateful to be in the points.”