Vergne unhappy with first lap corner cutters
27 May 2012 – Jean-Éric Vergne has expressed his dissatisfaction at the group of drivers who cut the Ste Devote corner on the opening lap of this afternoon’s Monaco Grand Prix, with the majority of the field having to avoid Romain Grosjean’s spinning Lotus.
The Toro Rosso man, who ran as high as seventh before making a doomed switch to Intermediate tyres, claims he ‘lost a lot of time’ as a direct result of the Turn 1 chaos.
"After the start, lots of cars in front of me cut the corner at the first turn and I found myself behind the Marussia and I was losing a lot of time," a dejected Vergne explained. "I was on a one stop strategy and to try and get me out of the traffic, we made an early stop.
"From then on, I ran at a very good pace, which I am happy about and I was as high as seventh. I was lapping quickly and consistently. But with around 14 laps to the end, my tyres were completely gone and I had to come in for the Intermediates, but the rain was not strong enough."
Having missed out on what he believes was a firm opportunity to finish well inside the top ten, the Frenchman is eager to bounce back during the next round in Canada.
"It’s a real shame about the laps I lost in traffic at the start because without that I could have been comfortably in the points today," the 2011 Formula Renault 3.5 runner-up added. "I am looking forward to Canada, as it’s a track I particularly like even if I have not been there and I will go there really hungry to get a good result."