HUNGARORING, July 25, 2014 (F1plus/Katie Grimmett).- Jean-Eric Vergne has endured an inconsistent season at the hands of his STR9 but, despite retiring from five races this year, the Frenchman admits he is not concerned about the team’s reliability going forward.
Discussing his season so far, Vergne instead questioned the pace of the Toro Rosso as they look to hunt down their main championship rivals – McLaren and Force India – when Formula 1 returns from its summer break. For the Italian outfit, he admits, this weekend is crucial for deciding just how the team will improve its 2014 model.
“I’m not concerned about reliability”, he revealed. “I’m more concerned about the speed that we need to have at every race weekend”.
“From there all we have to do is drive this car as quickly as possible and do the best job possible while not giving any thought to whether there will be a problem happening or not”, he continued.
Addressing where he thinks the Toro Rosso is struggling this year, the twenty-four-year-old remained vague, refusing to dwell on their unpredictable season.
“I don’t think we really have any problems at the moment”, he said. “The only problem we have is to get the points at the end of the race”, referencing his three top ten placings in 2014.
“I will take only the positive and the positive is that we have great people working in the team”, he continued. “I think we just need to keep on working in the same way and the points should be there”.
Speaking of the importance of sorting their problems at the Hungaroring, Vergne added that a strong points finish would be a confident ending to the first half of the season.
“This is an important race as it comes just before the summer break so, if you do well here, it means you can enjoy the holiday more”, he explained.
“The last two years it has not been a good track for Toro Rosso, so I really want this to change and we will be doing all we can to have a good race”, he concluded.
Heading into this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix, the Frenchman is adrift of his rookie team mate Daniil Kvyat in the championship standings. Kvyat and Vergne ended second Friday practice in eleventh and twelfth respectively.
Neither driver finished inside the points at the last round in Germany one week ago.