Vergne: I feel I have a good car for 2014
4 March 2014 – Jean-Éric Vergne reckons Toro Rosso has delivered "a good car" for the 2014 Formula 1 season.
The Frenchman was fifth fastest on the final day of pre-season testing at the Bahrain International Circuit and that effort – a 1m 35.701s – left him ninth on the combined times, 0.042 seconds up on former team-mate, Daniel Ricciardo, who got the nod to replace Mark Webber at the Red Bull senior team in preference to Vergne.
"These winter tests have not been easy, but we are not alone in that, and even if there is no more testing, I know the team can work hard with our partners and fix many of these issues in time for Melbourne," said Vergne.
"The really positive thing is that I feel I have a good car, so once everything has been sorted out, I am sure we can be strong in the races."
Looking back on the final test day, he added: "These past twelve days have been very interesting in many ways. I would describe Sunday as positive and we did some good work, especially in the morning when we got through everything we had planned to do, with everything going smoothly.
"The afternoon was slightly more complicated, but we still managed to get some mileage in race configuration and we learned a lot. I had a really good feeling from the car."