It’s some consolation not being right at the back of the Q2 section and now there’s the race to look forward to. It’s not been a bad day and with the set-up we have chosen I think we could be in a strong position to overtake other cars tomorrow.
With a good race pace and two DRS zones, it should make for an interesting afternoon. The first corner here is always a bit of a lottery and from this part of the grid I might be able to profit from any delays to those at the front.”
Jean-Eric Vergne - STR7-03 - (Best lap: 1:25.441, pos. 17th): “Honestly, I have not felt comfortable in the car most of the weekend as we never really found the best set-up. Actually, qualifying was the best of all the sessions so far.
On top of that, I am to blame for a small mistake on my quick lap which cost me about two tenths, after I went over a bump just as I was changing gear. On the plus side, we have made a good step forward with the car since yesterday, which maybe does not show in the times as they are all so close.”
Laurent Mekies (Chief Engineer): “After analysing all the data last night and making changes to the car, in absolute terms, we made a step forward today. On Friday we were not happy with car balance and made progress in that area, so that both Daniel and Jev were a bit happier with the car today.
Although the performance did improve, it was not enough to get further up the order than fifteenth place, in what was a very evenly matched session. We did our homework regarding race preparation on Friday, so hopefully we can pick up a bit more pace tomorrow and combined with the fact the STR7 seems to show good top speed, that should allow us to enjoy some good battle out on track.”
Source: Scuderia Toro Rosso