Toro Rosso are singing the praises of rookie driver Jean-Eric Vergne after he netted points in only his second F1 grand prix.
Joining the Toro Rosso fold this season, Vergne missed out on his first World Championship point in Australia by just one place while his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo bagged his first with an eighth-placed finish.
However, on Sunday in Malaysia it was Vergne's turn to net a few points as he went one better, bringing his STR7 home in seventh place. He started the 56-lap rain-interrupted grand prix 18th on the grid.
"In Melbourne we scored points with Daniel and now in Sepang, it was the turn of our rookie driver, Jean-Eric, to secure his first Formula 1 points with a strong drive to eighth place," said team boss Franz Tost.
"As is often the case in Malaysia, we witnessed a very exciting race in which Jean-Eric did an excellent job as it was the first time he has raced a Formula 1 car in wet conditions.
"He made no mistakes and produced really good lap times and so this eighth place is well-deserved.
"These four points are also the result of excellent work from the team, making the correct decisions as regards pitstops and tyre strategy as well as managing the complicated situation while the race was suspended."