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Vergne: It's not all bad

Friday 17-May-2013 11:43

Although Jean-Eric Vergne has managed just one point in five races, the Toro Rosso driver insists his season has not been all bad luck.

Last Sunday in Spain, Vergne has an interesting afternoon as he was hit by Nico Hulkenberg in the pits before a delaminating puncture put him out of the grand prix.

"What can I say about last weekend, it was a real mix of good and bad and unfortunately most of the bad stuff arrived in the race," he wrote in his Toro Rosso blog.

"What happened is there for anyone to see - being hit by Hulkenberg in the pit stop and having the problem with the tyre that eventually forced me to retire.

"Those are what I suppose you would call the headlines of the Spanish Grand Prix weekend and while I'm not happy about how things turned out, I'm not miserable either, because up until the race I think we had a really good weekend."

The Frenchman, though, believes there was at least one up side to his retirement and that's the fact that his tyre didn't give way as he was coming through a high-speed corner.

"It's been a tough few races for me but I wouldn't say it's a disaster. In fact there was some good luck mixed in with the bad. When the tyre let go it was on a small straight.

"If it had happened in Turn Nine or in a high-speed corner I think it could have been far worse. It might have been a big impact. So, some good fortune there."

Looking ahead of the next race on the calendar, Monaco, Vergne is hoping that Lady Luck shines down on him at the "really difficult" and "tricky" street circuit.

"Luck comes and goes. It is part of racing. You have good moments and bad and I don't want to focus on the bad.

"I want to arrive in Monaco fully motivated. Last year I think I said street circuits are not my favourite but then I had a pretty good weekend and ran as high as seventh at one point, so maybe I'll change my mind.

"However, I don't think I'll be going with a load more confidence this year. You have to approach this kind of race with great humility. You can't take anything for granted.

"It's a really difficult track, fantastic but tricky. There is no room for error and you need to be on it every single second. It's a really special place, so I'll arrive there thinking that I'm a very small guy in the middle of this amazing circuit with all its history and tradition."

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