Vergne enjoys 'maybe' best race of F1 career
10 June 2014 – Jean-Éric Vergne has said his race in Canada last weekend was 'maybe' the best of his Formula 1 career so far.
Vergne has endured a miserable run of luck of late, but after making it through to the top-ten shootout in qualifying, came through a dramatic and incident filled grand prix in Montreal to claim eighth place in his Toro Rosso - and his second top-ten finish of F1 2014, matching what he achieved in Australia, the season opener back in March.
"I'm extremely happy as I feel I gave my best today. It was a good race, maybe the best of my F1 career so far, not in terms of results but I think everything went perfect and we finally scored some points," he confirmed.
"I was able to gain a position on [Fernando] Alonso after a good start and I could keep [Kevin] Magnussen behind later on, managing well what was a difficult race.
"The team did a great job all weekend, where we worked really well to put together the best possible car."
"We are now waiting for more updates to come at the Austrian Grand Prix and I'm confident we will improve the speed and bring home even better results," he added.
Toro Rosso Team Prinicpal Franz Tost remarked: "I am very happy for Jean-Eric's strong eighth place finish, especially after he was forced to retire on several occasions due to technical problems, when he was actually in a promising position to score points. The team was able to provide him with a car that allowed him to show what he is capable of. After having overtaken Alonso at the start of the race, JEV managed to keep him behind and he also succeeded in defending his position against Magnussen towards the end."
Team-mate Daniil Kvyat meanwhile failed to finish in the sister STR9 due to a drive train failure. He retired on lap 47.