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Vergne rues pit lane clash with Hülkenberg

"I made a few passing moves, so it was certainly not a boring race, but then towards the end of the race our pace began to fade again," he sighed. "It wasn't easy to get tenth, even if we looked on course to get more than the one point earlier in the race, so it's better than nothing."

Tost said that he was very pleased with Ricciardo's battling performance holding off Sauber's Esteban Gutiérrez for that final points position in the final run, and added that the team having to focus on Vergne's problems has compromised the Australian's race.

"[Jev's retirement] had a serious knock-on effect for our other car, as we had to keep Daniel out for one more lap before a pit stop while dealing with Jev," Tost revealed. "As his tyres were well worn at this stage it cost him a significant amount of lap time.

"Nevertheless, he managed to fight off Gutierrez in the closing stages to pick up a point for tenth place. Without that earlier problem, we should have been much closer to the McLarens with a possible chance of attacking them in the final part of the race," he said.



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