Reaching Q3, making a good start and finishing with four points in the bag, means that the action-packed Monaco Grand Prix was one to remember for Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne...
Looking at the whole weekend in Monaco, I think we started badly on Thursday, we were simply not quick enough and that included me. I didn’t think I was particularly quick, so both the team and I had a lot of work to do to correct that, a lot of thought about where the improvements could be made. Thankfully all the head scratching paid off and on Saturday we were really competitive from the start of P3 onwards.
Qualifying was great; when it was raining we were always in the top three. I was pleased with that. In some ways it’s a shame that the rain stopped, as I think if it had continued then we could have scored a fantastic result. But it didn’t and we had to make the move across to slick tyres in Q2. Even then I was really happy with the pace and how the car felt. We got through to Q3 entirely on merit, not because of the conditions.
For the race I was expecting some accidents at the front and for me to stay out to trouble. I got one of those things but not the other, at least not until later in the race.
My start was really good and I was able to hold my position and to be honest, after the start it was a case of staying out of trouble, navigating the safety car period well and managing the restart. It went perfectly. I was always really close to the gearbox of Jenson or Fernando, and I had Paul Di Resta pushing me quite hard as well, but that was really because the guys ahead were actually quite slow.
I think Adrian Sutil did an excellent job in overtaking Button and Alonso at the hairpin and I think that was probably the only place I would have been able to try as well. But because Adrian had caught them out there, after that they were always shutting the door really quickly, so there was never a good opportunity.
However, I’m glad I avoided trouble and eighth place is a good position in Monaco. OK, I profited from an accident ahead but that kind of thing happens. To be honest I try not to take any pleasure from it when bad things happen to other drivers, as it’s happened to me quite a lot recently! If I have any comment, I think it’s that Sergio didn’t have bad luck, I think he crashed maybe because maybe he wanted it. If there was bad luck out there it affected Daniel when Romain crashed into him.
As for my luck, people have asked me if the result in Monaco means the run of misfortune I’ve had is now gone, but that’s not the way I look at it.
The fact is that I changed nothing in my approach. I did the same things I have been doing at all the other races. Things happened at recent races that didn’t help but I knew that if I kept working in the way I had been doing, then at some point the results would come. One came in Monaco and I will admit that it did feel quite good to get those four points.
I think we are looking stronger each weekend. We had some good upgrades in Spain, they helped the performance and then we made the most of the possibilities in Monaco. So things are looking better now. I’ll keep the same outlook and the same motivation for Canada and I’ll try to bring home another good result.
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