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GP Week : Issue 196
Toro Rosso’s Jean-eric Vergne failed to make the most of a top 10 start, the Frenchman finishing well down the order and not really featuring in sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix. Vergne had qualified an impressive eighth in the wet on Saturday, lining up right behind teammate Daniel Ricciardo, but a poor start dropped him down the order and the 23-year- old spent much of his race losing time stuck behind slower cars. With all sessions leading up to the race having been run in the wet, teams were pretty much heading into the unknown with their set-ups and Vergne’s race was compromised as he struggled with the balance of his car in the dry conditions. “Catastrophic starts for both Toro Rossos today and after that, I had a car that was very difficult to drive,” s aid Vergne, who finished a lap down in 15th. “I know it’s the same for everyone as it was the first time we ran here in the dry, but the balance of my car just wouldn’t allow me to push. It improved in the final two stints but it was a real struggle.” The only time that Vergne really featured in the race was in the closing stages, when he collided with Pastor Maldonado while overtaking him into the Senna S, the Williams driver turning in on the Toro Rosso and leaving him practically no room on the inside. While Vergne made it through unscathed, Maldonado ended up spinning, prompting the stewards to take a closer look before deciding not to penalise either driver for the incident. “As for the incident with Maldonado, I came up the inside of him at Turn One and he didn’t leave me any room, so we touched and he spun. This season has had more bad times than good ones for me, but we are all determined to work very hard over the winter to start next season with a better car,” added Vergne, who lost out to teammate Ricciardo on a chance to replace Mark Webber at Red Bull. Eighth to nowhere 31 GPWEEK.com // 31 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> BRAZIL