Jean-Eric Vergne does not expect a repeat of Toro Rosso’s uncompetitive showing in the last race.
“We had a pretty poor outing in Bahrain but I think this was an aberration,” Vergne told Toro Rosso’s website. “Daniel [Ricciardo’s] car was the slowest on track in the race and that?óÔé¼Ôäós 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?óÔé¼Ôäóm sure in Barcelona we won?óÔé¼Ôäót have problems like that.”
Ricciardo was at the bottom of the fastest lap times after the race. Vergne retired after 16 laps following a first-lap collision with Giedo van der Garde.
However Vergne admitted the opening races of the season had not gone to plan for the team.
“Looking back over the first four races I would say that while it hasn?óÔé¼Ôäót been fantastic there are positive signs,” he said. “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?óÔé¼Ôäós points in China.”
Toro Rosso set themselves a target of sixth place in the constructors’ championship this year. They are currently seventh with seven points.
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