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Vergne 'learned' from Valencia penalty

Saturday 7th July 2012

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Vergne 'learned' from Valencia penalty

Vergne 'learned' from Valencia penalty

Jean-Eric Vergne is adamant he learnt a valuable lesson in Valencia after being slapped with a double penalty for crashing into Heikki Kovalainen.

Fighting for position, the Frenchman swerved into Kovalainen's path causing what the stewards deemed to be an avoidable accident.

The Toro Rosso driver was handed a €25,000 fine and hit with a 10-place grid penalty for this weekend's British Grand Prix.

"I had a reset definitely," Vergne told Autosport. "Valencia was quite a hard weekend and I made a mistake definitely and I paid for it in cash!

"I think I deserved it, but whether it is good or not is not for me to judge. The only thing that I can say is that I have learned from it and I won't do this kind of mistake any more.

"All that's gone though, it's over, I've passed to something else now and I am really looking forward to this race weekend."

One of the aspects the rookie is hoping to work on this weekend is his qualifying pace, which is an area where he has struggled, only once outqualifying his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.

"I think it is probably the most difficult thing for me at the moment. It's quite difficult, it's not like we are always running in qualifying conditions through free practice.

"We never have the same fuel in, and having a lower-fuelled car is quite a bit different in the way you have to push with it, so that's why it is a bit tricky at the moment. But I will still work, I think the performances in the race are always really good, or at least always much better than our performance in qualifying.

"Looking at the performance in the race, we know we can have the same in the qualifying we just need to work that way. It will get better and better, it's just patience."

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