Vergne vows to improve after 'difficult' season

By on Thursday, November 21, 2013
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Jean-Eric Vergne says that he must improve as a driver after a 'difficult' season in Formula 1.

Vergne lost out on the Red Bull seat vacated by Mark Webber to Daniel Ricciardo and has finished in the points just three times this season.

Vergne's last top 10 finish came at the Canadian Grand Prix in June.

"It was a difficult season," he said ahead of this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix.

"I have to say that I’ve been quite unlucky in many races, not finishing when I should have been in the points. We had a really good car to start off the season with but then I guess with the introduction of the new tyres, everything went a little bit more difficult for us and we were out of the points for a long time."

"It has been really tough. Obviously there was the Red Bull seat opportunity. They went for Daniel. It was, of course, a big disappointment for me as a racing driver. You want to win races, be one day a world champion and obviously it’s the team to be in to do this, to succeed."

"But, you know, I try to look at the positive. I guess if Red Bull choose Daniel that means there are things I haven’t done good. I have to look at myself in the mirror, try to understand the reasons and try to get better. The challenge with Toro Rosso next year will be massive. I’m really happy to stay in that team and everything is possible. Even staying in this team, it’s not a back-up plan or whatever. I really believe in this team and I want to grow as a racing driver with this team that is growing a lot too."

Vergne says that once Red Bull opted to run Ricciardo in the young driver test at Silverstone in July, he knew that he was out of contention for the drive.

"For a few races it has been difficult because I think I was doing really good races and I was on a good run from Monaco, Canada and Silverstone was going to be really good as well but obviously I had the big tyre explosion and then there was the call of Red Bull to put Daniel in the Red Bull for the young driver test and straight away I understood that this seat was not going to be for me even though I tried to do my best."

"And then there were a couple of really difficult races in terms of pace, everything, so it was quite difficult to manage it, I guess."


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