Vergne finishes 16th from pit lane start
15 April 2012 – Jean-Éric Vergne should have come from 18th on the grid in the Chinese Grand Prix. As it happened, the Frenchman’s car underwent a raft of changes overnight; as this broke Parc Fermé regulations, the Toro Rosso started from the pit lane and went on to finish 16th to cap off a very difficult weekend for the Faenza team.
“We decided to change some elements on the car that had not worked well up to qualifying, which is why I started from pit lane, so my setup for the race was more similar to what we had in Melbourne and Sepang,” he explained.
“Today’s race had some enjoyable moments as I passed a few cars, but it was a bit short for me. A few more laps and I think I could have got ahead of the two guys in front of me (the struggling Kimi Räikkönen and Nico Hülkenberg).
Team-mate Daniel Ricciardo came home 17th, over ten seconds further back.