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GP Week : Issue 165
29 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> SPA 29 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: Toro Rosso took full advantage of a chaotic start to the 2012 Belgian Grand Prix to score their first double points finish in almost 11 months after Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo finished eighth and ninth, thereby ending a nine-race points- scoring drought. Hopes weren’t high of a points finish after the pair qualified just 15th and 16th, but the first-corner melee at the start allowed both to jump straight into the top ten, with Ricciardo in sixth and Vergne in seventh. The pair were closely matched for much of the race, with Vergne only getting the upper hand shortly after their second pitstops, having overtaken Nico Hulkenberg in the previous stint. “I am really happy after what was a fantastic race. I had hoped to come here and score points on my favourite track and I managed it,” said Vergne. “I had a very good car and I was able to do some good overtaking moves. It was a shame I lost a lot of time behind Rosberg, but I’m not complaining on a day when I finally scored some points again.” Ricciardo was beaming even more than usual after the race, as he hadn’t scored since the opening race of the year at home in Australia. “We managed to benefit from the incident immediately after the start, when I had got a good run off the line,” he began. “Then I managed to move right to the inside going through the hairpin and came out sixth. “I was not quite as quick in my last two stints which were on the Prime, so I dropped a couple of positions. You always want to do better, you always want more, but you can’t complain with ninth.” Toro Rosso will be hoping for an even better result n ext weekend when they set up camp in Monza for their home race. TORO ROSSO BACK IN POINTS AFTER NINE RACE DROUGHT