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Vergne chases fresh start

Jean-Eric Vergne hopes for an upturn in fortune when F1 returns to Europe for the Spanish Grand Prix
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.”



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19.04.2013- Free Practice 2, Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR8
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21.09.2014 - Race, Pit stop, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
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21.09.2014 - Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36 leads Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
21.09.2014 - Race, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX), Sauber F1 Team C33, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
21.09.2014 - Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07 and Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36
21.09.2014 - Race, Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR03 and Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
21.09.2014 - Race, Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9 leads Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR03
21.09.2014 - Race, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9 and Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
21.09.2014 - Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
21.09.2014 - Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
21.09.2014 - Race, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
21.09.2014 - Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36
21.09.2014 - Race, Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9

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