10 June 2013
Vergne celebrates best result so far in F1
A top six finish for Jean-Eric Vergne is the Frenchman's best result yet in his Grand Prix career, and the best for Toro Rosso since a certain Sebastian Vettel drove for them.
Jean-Eric Vergne was celebrating after finishing in sixth place in the 2013 Canadian Grand Prix, the best he's achieved in 27 starts for the Toro Rosso team since joining the squad at the start of the 2012 season.
“Incredible! I'm very happy," he said. "The best result for me of course, but also the highest finishing position since Vettel's results for the team in 2008," he pointed out.
And it wasn't some lucky fluke, either: "It was a normal race in the dry, with no one going out in front of me so we achieved this position fair and square," he said.
Vergne had qualified in seventh position on Saturday wit a little help from the confusion caused by the rapidly changing inclement conditions during qualifying, but come race day it was dry and much warmer - and the Toro Rosso improved along with the weather.
"We had the pace to maintain that position, although we did not have the speed of those ahead," agreed Vergne. "I passed Bottas and Raikkonen and from then I managed my race, keeping an eye on Sutil who was behind me for much of the time - that meant I could never ease up until the flag."
It paid off with sixth place, and Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost couldn't have been happier with the performance: "Jean-Eric's sixth place is a fantastic result for him, the team here in Canada and everyone who works so hard behind the scenes in Faenza and Bicester," he said.
"Jev did a great job to keep his concentration on this difficult track," he continued. "He also managed his tyres very well, which meant that once he had secured sixth place, he was able to keep it all the way to the flag."
As well as being Vergne's best result in F1 to date in its own right, it also makes for encouraging signs of a strong consistent run of performances for the 23-year-old after he also finished in the points in the completely different environs of Monaco two weeks ago.
"After finishing eighth in Monaco, this result on another difficult track has boosted my confidence and I feel I have progressed as a driver," he said. "We must continue to push hard on the development of the car, starting with the next race at Silverstone, so that we can aim even higher than this."
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