Vergne feels fifth place was achievable
25 May 2014 – Toro Rosso driver Jean-Éric Vergne believes that a fifth place finish was possible in the Monaco Grand Prix after the Frenchman was forced to retire from the event.
Vergne qualified in the top ten and ran comfortably inside the points until he was slapped with a drive through penalty for an unsafe release in the pit lane.
He continued but suffered an exhaust problem and consequently retired.
"The race was going well, the pace was really encouraging, I was saving the tyres and the strategy looked like being the right one," he said.
"Then, my engineer informed me about the drive-through penalty for "unsafe release" and finally we had the exhaust problem which definitely put an end to my race. It's such a shame! We had done a great job over the whole weekend, the team was able to give me a good car and I also performed well so I think a fifth place was possible today."
Team-mate Daniil Kvyat also failed to make the distance on his first visit to Monaco.
"It's disappointing that I had to retire today, especially because we looked competitive all weekend and had a good chance of finishing in the points here," he said. "I was able to hold my position at the start of the race and even move up to eighth before I had to retire."