Despite running into a number of technical problems during the last few races, Vergne told Auto123.com that all is not dark and gloomy ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.
“There were still some bright spots. Monaco was a perfect weekend, and I could have finished in 5th place if I hadn't experienced some difficulties. We need to keep working hard, keep the ball rolling, you know. We can't afford to repeat all those little mistakes we made recently,” Vergne said.
“Obviously, it's a bit frustrating, but we've quickly gotten over it. We had a perfect weekend in Monaco, and we'll soon get another chance to finish strong and earn some points.”
So, what's holding him back during races?
“Technical stuff, essentially. Since the beginning of the season, I've had my share of troubles and couldn't finish four out of six races,” Vergne explained. “In Monaco, there was the safety car, plus my engine overheated. In Barcelona, it started on Friday when I lost a wheel that wasn't properly tightened. I didn't take part in the qualifying session, because the team wanted to keep fresh tires for the race. Later, my exhaust system started acting up. It seems like there's always a little something wrong. The tide is about to turn, though; I can feel it.”
Yet, at the same time, Vergne's teammate, Daniil Kvyat, managed to get decent results.
“Kvyat has been lucky so far. Very lucky, I might add. Toro Rosso is still satisfied with my performance. I've almost always enjoyed a better position on the grid,” the French driver pointed out.
What are Vergne's expectations for the upcoming Canadian Grand Prix on Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, a semi-permanent track?
“Two years ago, I had an awful time here. Last year, on the other hand, I had my best race ever in Formula 1. Honestly, I have no expectations for this year's race. We'll just see how it goes!”