Vergne: We are facing major problems but we need to keep calm and not get stressed

Jean Eric Vergne gets a lift back to the pits after breaking down during Bahrain testing

Jean Eric Vergne gets a lift back to the pits after breaking down during Bahrain testing

Toro Rosso driver Jean Eric Vergne is the first of the Renault powered drivers to come out in public and admit that the French Power Unit has major problems and that it is pointless trying to hide the dire situation.

Speaking to the media after yet another frustrating day for the Faenza based outfit, Vergne said, “There’s no point in making negative comments, because everyone knows we are facing major problems and we are not alone in that. We knew when we came to Bahrain that there had not been enough time since the previous test to have solved all our issues.”

Vergne finished the final day of the second test, in Bahrain, eighth fastest with a best time of 1.40.472 which was a huge 7.189 seconds down on the best time of the day set by Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes. Vergne could only manage 19 laps, compared to 89 which was the maximum on the day.

Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso STR9

Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso STR9

“On the positive side, we have managed to fix some [problems] now. Also, even if I have not done so many laps, it’s clear from those which I have managed to complete, that Toro Rosso has done a good job to give me a car that feels nice to drive, if we talk about the elements that used to be the main topics before this year, such as the aero and mechanical side of the package,” said the Frenchman.

“It’s frustrating, but we need to keep calm and not get stressed as there are still a few weeks before Melbourne. We will try again here in Bahrain starting on Thursday. Clearly, in Melbourne, just finishing the race will mean you have a good chance of scoring points,” predicted Vergne.

Sister team, World Champions Red Bull were also plagued by problems, running at a similar pace to the ‘junior’ team. (GP247)

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