Vergne frustrated by Lotus collision

By on Sunday, April 6, 2014
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Jean-Eric Vergne cut a frustrated figure after his second successive retirement at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Vergne made contact with one of the Lotus drivers at the start and had to retire due to the damage sustained to his Toro Rosso.

"It was a bit of a mess at the start in turn eight with a lot of cars around me, but while the others were having a poor exit I had a clean one on the outside," he said.

"When I then found myself next to a Lotus, I got squeezed more and more and when he realized I was about to overtake him anyway, he just closed the door. That is why our wheels touched and my car took off, out of control. Both rear wing and floor got heavily damaged with a huge loss of aerodynamic performance and it was just not possible to continue my race. Hopefully bad luck will leave us alone for the next races."

Daniil Kvyat finished just outside of the points in 11th and conceded that Toro Rosso lacked the pace to finish higher.

"Unfortunately today didn’t go as I would have liked," he said.

"I was not happy with our pace and it was frustrating to see the other cars just passing me by. The start was a little bit messy and I lost a position. From then on I tried to push as much as possible, but it wasn’t enough to get into the points today. We will now have to analyze carefully what went wrong today and hopefully we will come back stronger at the next race in China."

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