Formula One driver Jean-Eric Vergne has praised the new Toro Rosso STR8 following another strong showing in testing, calling it “a better car.”
The French driver had a disappointing first season in Formula One, scoring just sixteen points despite supposedly vying for Mark Webber’s seat at Red Bull. Regardless, Toro Rosso kept their faith in Vergne, and it would appear they are set for a stronger season in 2013.
“There were many things we wanted to test and we could follow the programme quite well despite the bad conditions. In the wet I think we were looking competitive. In the dry at the end of the day it was looking more or less OK.”
Vergne did acknowledge that testing is not an entirely accurate representation of where the team stands, but he was pleased with the progress being made.
“The only thing I know is that we have a better car. I prefer to wait until Melbourne qualifying to say anything more.”
Throughout testing, Toro Rosso have been one of the most consistent teams, regularly beating some of the front runners from 2012. Both Vergne and teammate Daniel Ricciardo are looking more likely to battle for points this season, and if they can sustain their pre-season pace throughout the year, Webber may face competition for his seat at Red Bull in 2014.
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