Vergne hoping 'bad luck goes away'
22 May 2014 – Toro Rosso's Jean-Éric Vergne has vowed to keep on smiling in the wake of a difficult start to the 2014 Formula 1 season.
The Frenchman finished eighth in the season opener in Australia and scored four points, but since then he has failed to add to his account, retiring from three of the four following races, including the most recent in Spain.
"I think I've been pretty unlucky since the beginning of the season, started well in Melbourne and then always in a position to score some good points [but haven't done so]. That's how it is [however]; it's part of the sport. I'll just keep on smiling and hopefully the bad luck will go away and get tired of me," he said prior to this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix.
"I'm just hoping to finish the race [here] and have a good car and that's all I'm hoping for. So it will come."
Meanwhile, he added the key to doing well around the streets of the Principality is to build the speed and avoid the barriers.
"I think this track is really difficult. You want to stay far away from the walls and at the beginning the walls always look really close, a lot closer than at the end of the weekend. This is a particular track where even the first session, the first P1, is really important for the confidence over the whole weekend, so you really have to build up your weekend in a good way," he stated.