Vergne: Friday pace a pleasant surprise
28 June 2013 – Toro Rosso driver Jean-Éric Vergne says he was pleasantly surprised by the squad's peformance at Silverstone on Friday, with the Frenchman and team-mate Daniel Ricciardo featuring firmly inside the top ten throughout both practice sessions.
After Ricciardo topped a rain-hit opening session at the Northamptonshire venue, the STR duo continued their promising start to the weekend by finishing sixth and seventh respectively in the afternoon, with Vergne this time placing ahead of the Australian.
"This afternoon, as soon as I left the garage, I could tell the car felt very good," Vergne told reporters in the Silverstone paddock. "It was easy to push and my lap times were good. That doesn’t mean we’re going to relax, far from it and we will be working hard tonight to look at all the data to see how we can improve.
"I feel we have a chance here to do well over the rest of the weekend. Coming to this track which is so different to the last two ones we have raced on, I would say today’s performance has been a pleasant surprise."
Heading into this weekend's Grand Prix, Vergne and Ricciardo are separated by just six points in the championship standings, with the latter holding the advantage.