Jean-Eric Vergne says he is viewing the start of the European F1 season as a new beginning on the back of a disappointing retirement in the Bahrain Grand Prix.
The Toro Rosso
man saw his Sakhir race ended by accident damage sustained when he was hit by Giedo van der Garde's Caterham at turn four, having been turned around by the Williams
of Valtteri Bottas.
While the Frenchman was able to continue, the damage sustained would ultimately be enough to force him into retirement and he admitted that he hoped for a change in fortune when F1 heads back to European soil.
““I was pushed by Bottas as I passed him on the outside of turn four, giving him plenty of room and he clipped my car,” he said. “Unfortunately for Van de Garde, he was in the wrong place at the wrong time and it was a big impact, which caused a lot of damage to the car, including a puncture and left it with a big piece of the floor missing.
“After I pitted, I tried to carry on to see how the car felt, but in the end, I was a lap down, I'd lost plenty of aero and the team could see that the damage was causing the car to overheat to an unsafe level, so they called me in to retire. This opening sequence of races has not gone too well for me and I really hope that the beginning of the European part of the season will be like a new start for me.”