Jean-Eric Vergne suffered yet another frustrating Grand Prix around the Bahrain International Circuit, with the Frenchman being forced into retirement after a heavy collision with the Caterham of Giedo van der Garde. The resulting damage saw his car dangerously overheat, and ultimately saw him retire on Lap 16.
After starting a distant 16th for the race, Jean-Eric Vergne suffered a disastrous opening few laps to the Bahrain Grand Prix, colliding with both the Williams of Valtteri Bottas and the Caterham of Giedo van der Garde. This saw the Frenchman sustain heavy damage to his Toro Rosso STR8, including a puncture. Naturally Jean-Eric Vergne limped back to the pits for repairs, before retaking to the track plum last and a lap off of the leaders. Eventually the 22-year-old was forced into his first retirement of the season, with the damage sustained in the earlier incident causing his car to overheat.
“I was pushed by [Valtteri] Bottas as I passed him on the outside of Turn 4, giving him plenty of room and he clipped my car. Unfortunately for [Giedo] 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.”
Jean-Eric Vergne will be hoping his luck changes when the sport reconvenes in three weeks time around Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya for the Spanish Grand Prix. So far Vergne has qualified towards the rear of the pack on numerous occasions this season, and has only scored one World Championship point with 10th at the Malaysian Grand Prix. With Mark Webber rumored to be on his way out at Red Bull for next season, the Frenchman will unquestionably require more competitiveness with their sister outfit if he wishes to complete the graduation to Red Bull.
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