Senna fuming over Vergne’s Q1 block
6 October 2012 – Bruno Senna’s Suzuka qualifying session ended at the earliest possible point: the end of Q1. The Williams driver is knocked out at the first hurdle for the second time this season, having been baulked at the Casio Triangle chicane by Jean-Éric Vergne.
The Williams encountered the Toro Rosso at the second apex of the chicane, forcing the Brazilian to back off; he was duly demoted on the timesheets by Michael Schumacher, who had started his own final lap with four seconds to spare.
“Well, what’s going to happen?” Senna told a hoard of reporters. “He’s going to get a penalty, probably, but that’s not going to change anything for me tomorrow. Few places are harder to overtake at than here but, hey - been there, done that. So we just need to keep things up for tomorrow.”
Vergne also shared his side of the story:
"As for the incident with Senna, I was catching Glock on my flying lap and I had to slow because of that. I saw Bruno was coming very quickly and unfortunately he caught me at the chicane, where there is not much room, but I knew I had to let him past and moved as much to the outside as I could - even though I knew I would not be in the best position to come out of the corner. After that, he slowed a lot and I had to pass him again on the straight, otherwise I would not have set a proper time."
Senna’s first Q1 elimination of the year came in Barcelona, as he spun into the gravel while team-mate Pastor Maldonado sealed an historic pole position.
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