Vergne bemoans tyre stop

28th May 2012

Toro Rosso driver Jean-Eric Vergne was left cursing his luck,after a late pit-stop for new tyres saw the Frenchman miss out on points at the Monaco Grand Prix.

The 22-year-old driver, who is a newcomer to Formula One following success in the Formula Three championship, had made an impressive start to the race, climbing to as high as seventh in the standings.

However, a bold compound strategy from the Toro Rosso team ultimately failed to pay off on the day, with Vergne forced to pit for intermediate tyres with just six laps to go.

The stop meant he had to be happy with a 12th place finish on the day, which was scant reward for his impressive showing at the traditionally difficult track.

Despite missing out on the points though, Vergne remained positive.

"I ran at a very good pace," he said.

"I was lapping quickly and consistently. But with around 14 laps to the end, my tyres were completely gone and I had to come in for the intermediates, but the rain was not strong enough."

Australian driver Mark Webber ultimately took the chequered flag on the day, claiming his second victory at Monaco in three years.

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Posted by Danielle Barge