Vergne angry with self for last-lap mistake
13 October 2012 – Jean-Éric Vergne was left kicking himself after qualifying only 17th for the Korean Grand Prix. While that may become 16th if team-mate Daniel Ricciardo receives a gearbox penalty after stopping on-track, this is no consolation for the Frenchman.
“The performance looked very good and competitive this afternoon,” Vergne began. “Unfortunately I tried to take the final corner flat on my very last run but I got it wrong and ruined my lap, nearly losing the car, so I am angry with myself for that.
“The step up in performance compared to yesterday came partly from improving the car overnight and again since FP3 and partly from myself, in the way I was driving. Of course I will be trying to get a good start tomorrow and hope that I can then work my way into a points scoring position by the end of the race.”
Vergne last finished inside the top ten at the Belgian Grand Prix, where he achieved eighth place. He was also running in the points in Singapore but was taken out of the race by Michael Schumacher, who misjudged his braking after the restart.