Vergne left frustrated after pit lane clash
The Frenchman summed up his race, saying “It was one problem after another today.”
Vergne suffered damage at his second pit stop after Nico Hulkenberg’s Sauber was released alongside him. When the Toro Rosso driver braked to enter his pit box the Sauber ran into the back of him.
Talking about his woes in the pit lane in a team statement he said “I was coming into the pits, Sauber did an unsafe release with Hulkenberg who drove into me and then I had a problem with a tyre.”
That problem led to his retirement. He suffered a tyre delamination which damaged the rear of his car, leading to his retirement. Concluding on a difficult day at the office, he said “Yet again I was unlucky and I hope that stops soon.”
His retirement created problems for his team-mate too after his stint was extended whilst the team mechanics sorted out Vergne’s car. Hulkenberg was given a stop-go penalty during the race for causing the crash.
Speaking of the incident, Hulkenberg said “”Then we had the incident, which ruined the race for us,” before adding “Obviously the timing wasn’t quite right,”
Vergne’s team-mate Daniel Ricciardo rose above the delay to finish 10th, fending off Esteban Gutierrez in the closing stages to add to his points tally.
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