Vergne: “I can improve a lot”

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Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso, Buddh International Circuit, 2012In the round-up: Jean-Eric Vergne says he expects to keep on improving as he remains with Toro Rosso next year:


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Vergne: New deal endorses potential (Autosport)

“It shows that the team trust us and our capacity – and especially mine – to still grow and to improve. My trend during the season is like this and I still have the feeling I can improve a lot, and the team knows it.”

No looking back for Karthikeyan on U.S. return (Reuters)

Narain Karthikeyan on the 2005 United States Grand Prix farce: “Everyone started the race… we didn’t know before the race. it was pretty weird to see all of them going out with the warm-up lap and back to the pits. Bridgestone had told us to race and we did.”

Looking back on Abu Dhabi (Force India)

Paul di Resta on the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: “We took the safe option and got a ninth, but if we?d been a bit more aggressive, the tyre life was probably there to be fifth.”

Not so fan-tastic (TopCar)

“In Germany in July, Hockenheim, which in 1998 hosted 120,000 fans on race day, was forced to massaged its numbers to hit half that, while in Spain, Barcelona?s Circuit de Catalunya dreams of ever again hitting the 137,000 punters it feted in the mid-noughties. Monaco, too, was empty this year, while Turkey dropped off the calendar after attracting just 20,000 fans for three straight years.”


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We always get lots of great suggestions for the Caption Competition and yesterday’s was no exception. Crackers, Necrodethmortem, Xjr15jaaag and Prisoner Monkeys all came up with great suggestions.

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Christian Horner, Sebastian Vettel, Valencia, 2012

“I?ve downloaded McLaren?s new MP4-27 app… oh, it?s stopped working.”

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On this day in F1

One year ago today there was much speculation over whether Kimi Raikkonen would make an F1 comeback. Former employers Martin Whitmarsh and Stefano Domenicali urged Frank Williams to sign him.

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85 comments on Vergne: “I can improve a lot”

    • So yet another demanding corner made slightly soft by tarmac run-off? Gravel traps should be made mandatory, and I don’t really care if there is a risk in using them. The only place that tarmac run-off may be suitable is in heavy braking zones after long straights.

  1. Tasimana said on 12th November 2012, 9:36

    Daniel has done really well since the mid season break and is starting to perform beyond the capability of the car in my view. JEV can be quick in race trim but needs more consistency.

    • Tasimana said on 12th November 2012, 9:39

      Also the car is poor so no wonder they can’t find the next vettel

      • David-A (@david-a) said on 12th November 2012, 11:09

        That’s nonsense, and no excuse for not standing out. Vettel stood out compared to the car he was driving. Alonso in 2001 stood out compared to the car he was driving.

        Alguersuario, Buemi, and potentially Ricciardo and Vergne haven’t stood out compared to the car they are driving, and that’s why they aren’t widely considered the next anything.

        • Vettel was in a Newey designed Toro Rosso that was at times quicker than the senior Red Bull car. Apples and oranges.

          • David-A (@david-a) said on 12th November 2012, 11:37

            @tdog – It isn’t apples and oranges. Vettel outperformed his car (which was still only 6th fastest), the other STR drivers did not.

          • javlinsharp (@javlinsharp) said on 12th November 2012, 16:25

            If I recall Vettel made his debut at USGP in 2007 in a BMW, and scored points. He was the youngest driver ever to do so, I would say “Stand Out Achieved” with that act. BTW, Newey didnt touch the BMW care so Newey magic argument is moot.

            So, when JEV, or HK, or VP, or any of the others do something like that, then they can be called stand-out. Just to level set, keeping up the Status Quo, or besting your teammate makes one adequete, not remarkable.

  2. Michael Brown (@) said on 13th November 2012, 0:52

    That “Not so fan-tastic” article is a really depressing read. I’m going to my first F1 Grand Prix in Montreal next year, but the ticket prices have been getting higher and the attendance has been getting lower. Like Turkey had an attendance of 20,000 for its last 3 years on the calendar. And Bernie and his daughters – as well as many others – spend the money on themselves.

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