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Vergne: More competitive

2012-11-17 09:35:03

Jean-Eric Vergne is hoping to build on his P14 starting position when he tackles the United States GP on Sunday

Vergne: More competitive

The Toro Rosso driver achieved his best grid slot since May’s Spanish Grand Prix when he crossed the line with a 1:37.879 in Q2 at the Circuit of the Americas.

It was the also the first time in three races that the Frenchman had beaten his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo in qualifying, although he was quick to downplay this.

“I think the team has worked well so far this weekend to produce a car that seems a bit more competitive than in the past few races,” said Vergne, who lost track time in Saturday’s final practice when he broke his suspension on a kerb.

“It doesn’t mean much that I beat my team-mate today, because he had some difficulties in the first session.

“Maybe I could have got a bit more out of the car this afternoon, perhaps found a couple of tenths.

“After going over the kerbs and damaging the suspension this morning, I obviously lost some track time and without that, I might have had a better understanding of the tyres.

“However, as I said before, the car feels good, there are plenty of overtaking opportunities here so my plan tomorrow is to go hunting for some more points.”

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