Vergne praises Sutil, criticizes Perez


Jean-Eric Vergne equaled the best result of his career with eighth place in the Monaco Grand Prix but admitted was fortunate not to get caught up in the chaos of the race.

“I’m glad I avoided trouble and eighth place is a good position in Monaco,” said Vergne. “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.”

Vergne said his team mate Daniel Ricciardo was unlucky to have his race ended at the hands of Romain Grosjean: “If there was bad luck out there it affected Daniel when Romain crashed into him.”

But he had less sympathy for Sergio Perez: “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.”

Vergne also chose to praise Force India rival Adrian Sutil, who made opportunistic passes on Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso at the Loews hairpin during the race:

“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.”