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GP Week : Issue 171
29 GPWEEK.com // 29 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> KOREA Jean-Eric Vergne hailed Sunday’s Korean Grand Prix as his “best race of the year”, having taken yet another solid eighth place finish, equalling his career-best result in Formula One. From 16th on the grid, the Toro Rosso driver was embroiled in numerous on-track battles throughout the 53-lap race, seeing off the likes of Sauber’s Sergio Perez, Force India’s Paul di Resta and McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton to eventually finish in a very respectable eighth place; a result he has achieved on no fewer than three occasions this season. “I am really happy, as this was definitely my best race of the year and the car worked well with very little tyre degradation on both the Prime and Option tyres,” said a delighted Vergne. “I didn’t take too many risks at the start and I had a nice fight with Perez in the early stages, as well as di Resta and Hamilton.” The Frenchman added: “In general, we seem to be making progress and this track seemed to suit us well, which I think we can also expect to be the case in India.” Vergne’s STR team-mate, Daniel Ricciardo, was demoted to a lowly 21st place on the grid for a gearbox change, after stopping out on track during the second part of qualifying. However, he used a lightning-quick getaway and a two-stop strategy to move up the order – he was on his way to achieving a career- best eighth place until he suffered a brake issue with 10 laps remaining. “My last stint on the Primes was my best until, with about 10 laps to go, I found myself going straight on at Turn 3,” said Ricciardo. “At first I thought it must have been a suspension failure because the car suddenly shot to the left. However, I realised I could keep going. “Unfortunately, that cost me eighth place, but at least I was able to give it up to my team-mate. I’m still grateful to be in the points with such a problem, although it’s a case of mixed emotions, as it would have been my best result of the season. But for the team overall, it’s been a very good day.” VERGNE: KOREA MY ‘BEST RACE’ IN F1