Clearly frustrated with himself after a poor qualifying session, Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne had quite the challenge ahead of him after he started the Singapore Grand Prix from 12th position.
“I f**ked up” he admitted to RichardsF1.
“That’s what happened, basically. It’s a real shame and I apologise to the guys because they gave me a really good car. I didn’t do the best in qualifying”.
However after a good start and some controversial manoeuvres – which saw him receive two five second stop-and-go penalties – he clawed his way back through the field for a brilliant sixth position.
“It feels great. It was a fantastic race and I’m extremely happy, especially considering the two 5 second penalties. I had to push as much as possible in the last laps and pull away and this is what I’ve done,” he said.
Now out of a drive for the 2015 season, Vergne has the luxury of driving to the limit in order to impress other teams.
“I’m really confident we can have a good end of the season together and I’m looking forward to Japan, where we also have some updates. Hopefully we can improve even further.”
Vergne returned to the track in tenth position after serving his second penalty with five laps remaining, then surged through the train of cars Valtteri Bottas was holding up to claim sixth place, where he extended the gap to secure his position.
“I did a mistake yesterday in Qualifying and I said to the team that I would have done everything for them to forgive me today and I think I could manage it in the end. So I’m really happy also for the guys, they gave me a good car and the 6th place repays their big effort.”
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