Vergne enjoys one of the best races of his career

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Jean-Eric Vergne may have only finished yesterday’s Canadian Grand Prix in eighth place, but the Frenchman believes that it is one of the best performances of his Formula 1 career.

Vergne started the race in eighth place, and made a good start to jump ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso off the line. He eventually dropped back, and was fortunate to benefit from a crash between Sergio Perez and Felipe Massa late on to make up two positions and eventually cross the line in P8 for four points.

“I’m extremely happy as I feel I gave my best today,” Vergne explained after the race. “It was a good race, maybe the best of my F1 career so far, not in terms of results but I think everything went perfect and we finally scored some points.

“I was able to gain a position on Alonso after a good start and I could keep Magnussen behind later on, managing well what was a difficult race. The team did a great job all weekend, where we worked really well to put together the best possible car.

“We are now waiting for more updates to come at the Austrian Grand Prix and I’m confident we will improve the speed and bring home even better results.”

Vergne is thought to be under pressure to keep his seat at Toro Rosso, given that Red Bull junior driver Carlos Sainz Jr. is putting in some incredibly impressive performances in the Formula Renault 3.5 series. However, he said on Saturday that he did not feel under pressure, and this good result on race day in Montreal will undoubtedly have filled the team with confidence in his ability.

His teammate, Daniil Kvyat, was less fortunate, suffering a transmission failure during the race that forced him to park up and retire with 13 laps remaining.

Recapping the 2018 Dakar Rally with “best of” video highlights

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EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.

NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.

Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.

So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads

Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.

MORE: Dakar Rally daily stages schedule, NBCSN broadcast schedule, list of all competitors.

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