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.
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.