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.
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