Vergne downcast with fifth Q1 exit
23 June 2012 – Jean-Éric Vergne may have out-qualified Red Bull’s Mark Webber, who suffered a DRS problem in qualifying for the European Grand Prix, but the Toro Rosso driver has still been eliminated in Q1 for the fifth time this season. He will start 18th on Sunday.
“Up until now this has been a difficult weekend in which we are suffering from a general lack of performance,” the Frenchman explains. “I am struggling to put together a good lap, especially as I could not get a good feeling from the brakes, which meant that sometimes I was locking all four wheels.
“All these factors affected my qualifying and I just did not have the speed to get into Q2. For the moment things are not going the way we want, but we will simply keep on working and not getting downhearted. Often our race pace is better than in qualifying, but I am not sure if that will be the case tomorrow.”
Team-mate Daniel Ricciardo progressed to Q2, but was out-qualified by the Caterham of Heikki Kovalainen and will start 17th, just one place ahead of Vergne.