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Vergne happy to stay out of trouble

Wednesday 29-May-2013 10:37

Jean-Eric Vergne's decision to steer clear of any dangerous moves proved to be a good decision in Monaco over the weekend.

After producing his best qualifying performance of the season on Saturday that saw him start P10, Vergne backed it up with an eighth-place finish on race day.

With opportunities to overtake on the streets of Monte Carlo few and far between, Vergne felt it was best to stay out of trouble on Sunday and he was rewarded with his best finish the year.

"For the race I was expecting some accidents at the front and for me to stay out to trouble. I got one of those things but not the other, at least not until later in the race," he wrote in his blog on the official Toro Rosso website.

"My start was really good and I was able to hold my position and to be honest, after the start it was a case of staying out of trouble, navigating the safety car period well and managing the restart. It went perfectly. I was always really close to the gearbox of Jenson [Button] or Fernando [Alonso], and I had Paul Di Resta pushing me quite hard as well, but that was really because the guys ahead were actually quite slow.

"I think Adrian Sutil did an excellent job in overtaking Button and Alonso at the hairpin and I think that was probably the only place I would have been able to try as well. But because Adrian had caught them out there, after that they were always shutting the door really quickly, so there was never a good opportunity.

"However, I'm glad I avoided trouble and eighth place is a good position in Monaco. OK, I profited from an accident ahead but that kind of thing happens. To be honest I try not to take any pleasure from it when bad things happen to other drivers, as it's happened to me quite a lot recently! If I have any comment, I think it's that Sergio [Perez] didn't have bad luck, I think he crashed maybe because maybe he wanted it. If there was bad luck out there it affected Daniel [Ricciardo] when Romain [Grosjean] crashed into him."

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