Vergne taken out by suspension failure
18 November 2012 – Jean-Éric Vergne was the first retirement in Austin, pulling off the circuit with broken suspension. Unlike in Saturday practice, when the Frenchman had damaged his car by striking a kerb, a mechanical failure was the reason for his demise on this occasion.
“I got a really good start and I had about a tenth of a second to decide whether to go to the left or the right going into the first corner,” he recalls.
“Everyone seemed to be going right, so I went left - aiming for the inside of the hairpin - as I was much quicker. It didn’t pay off because I lost many positions and got stuck behind other car - therefore I couldn’t warm up my tyres properly. Despite this, I was able to fight and make up some positions.
“Unfortunately, the suspension broke and the team told me to park the car rather than risk bringing it back. A shame, as this new circuit is fun to race on.”
Team-mate Daniel Ricciardo ran as high as fifth but finished the day in 12th place.