Exhaust problem truncates Vergne's race

By on Sunday, May 11, 2014
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Jean-Eric Vergne was forced to retire from the Spanish Grand Prix after an exhaust problem manifested itself in his Toro Rosso.

Vergne started from 21st on the grid as a result of a loose wheel penalty but failed to make the distance after the exhaust issue.

The retirement was Vergne's third from five races this season.

"Somebody has asked me if I feel a bit persecuted by bad luck at the moment," he said.

"It might look like this, but this is part of the game. I always do all I can, my team is working really hard and problems can happen.

"For the ten grid positions penalty I don't blame anyone. When I crash the car it's the team that pays my mistake, so this is part of racing. Today I was really determined in having a good race, against all odds."

Vergne said a brake issue across the opening part of the race accentuated his problems.

"The first stint was quite difficult as I had a front left brake problem which caused front locking, but the pace was really looking strong on the option tyres, until an exhaust problem put an end to my race," he said.

"I'm still very positive that I will have my chance. I drive a Formula One car and I enjoy doing it, no matter what."

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