Jean Eric Vergne left the German GP frustrated in the knowledge that he under-performed, and afterwards entertained the idea of making a pilgrimage to Lourdes to offer prayers in an effort to reverse his fortunes.
In his post race blog the Frenchman wrote, “I’ll put the Nürburgring behind me and move on. While I’m tempted to say the first place I’ll move on to will be Lourdes for a quick prayer, the Young Drivers’ Test at Silverstone will be the first thing on the agenda.”
Ever since Mark Webber made public his decision to quit Formula 1, and thus make available a highly coveted seat at Red Bull, the spotlight has fallen on Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo in the energy drinks backed Toro Rosso team.
Although Kimi Raikkonen is favourite for the seat, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner is adamant that both Vergne and Ricciardo are in the running too.
Those scoring this duel between the Toro Rosso teammates have it close, but since Silverstone Ricciardo has edged ahead of Vergne in terms of performance.
Vergne is aware of this, “Germany was not a good weekend for me, or for the whole team. Nothing went right for me from the first moment we put the car on track to the moment the team told me to retire from the race on lap 23.”
“The car was very difficult to handle. I had no grip, I wasn’t happy with the balance, and the performance just wasn’t there. It’s very hard to understand after the good weekends we had in Monaco and Canada,” added the 25 year old.
Despite scoring a DNF in Germany, Vergne lies 13th in the points standings, ahead of Ricciardo by two points, thanks to a strong showing at Monaco where he finished sixth. (GP247)
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