Vergne: Toro Rosso more suited to Korea
26 September 2013 – Toro Rosso driver Jean-Éric Vergne reckons that the Korean Grand Prix will allow the Faenza-based outfit to return to form, claiming that they always expected to struggle in Singapore.
A generally poor weekend around the Marina Bay streets ended with the team’s first non-points finish since Hungary. With the STR8 chassis allowing its drivers to take solid top ten finishes at the Canadian, British, Belgian and Italian Grands Prix, Vergne is confident that the similar high-speed sections in Korea should see the squad add to its current points tally.
"We always knew that Marina Bay was going to be a hard track for us," said Vergne, who finished 12th in the race. "It’s not one we thought would particularly suit the car, but while that proved correct, we did show some good pace across the weekend.
"The team did a great job in setting up the car for the conditions and the performance was actually quite good. We were just undone by some technical issues.
"We’re now going to circuits that should suit the car better than Singapore," he added. "I’m confident we can be competitive in Korea, a circuit I like and which has characteristics that should work in our favour. I finished there in P8 last year and I made my debut there in 2011, running in Friday morning’s free practice, so it’s got a few good memories for me as well. Let’s hope we can add a few more next week."