May 3, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT
Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Jean-Eric Vergne is pleased with his start to the season, and he is keen on taking this good form into the Spanish Grand Prix next weekend.
The Frenchman spoke of the need for a “big push” in his blog on the Toro Rosso website.
“It’s not long now until we’re back in F1 action in Spain, where I’ll be hoping for a big push in this European phase of the season,” he said.
“Looking back over the first four races I would say that while it hasn’t been fantastic there are positive signs. We have a strong team of good people and they are working well together.
“The car is essentially competitive too, which was shown with my result in Malaysia and Dan’s points in China.”
Vergne finished in P10 in Malaysia, whilst teammate Daniel Ricciardo recorded his best ever result in F1 after finishing 7th at the Chinese Grand Prix. However, the team then endured a disastrous weekend at the Bahrain Grand Prix, with Ricciardo not scoring and Vergne retiring from the race, although the Frenchman considers this to have been an anomaly.
“We had a pretty poor outing in Bahrain but I think this was an aberration. Daniel’s car was the slowest on track in the race and that’s just not right, as he is definitely not slow. Clearly there was a problem elsewhere.
“You have to think about it like this: a car does not go from finishing seventh in a race to being last in the space of one week. The team is investigating it and I’m sure in Barcelona we won’t have problems like that.”
Toro Rosso has certainly made an encouraging start to the season, but quite whether this good form will continue in Europe remains to be seen. The added incentive for Vergne and Ricciardo is that they are both considered to be in the running for Mark Webber’s seat at Red Bull in 2014. Should they impress over the course of the season, they could find themselves partnering multiple world champion Sebastian Vettel next year.
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