A CHARACTER-BUILDING WEEKEND This weekend, Jean-Eric Vergne raced in the fifth and sixth rounds of the Formula Renault 2.0 WEC Championship on the historic Pau city circuit. His ambition was to increase his lead in the championship after four...
A CHARACTER-BUILDING WEEKEND
This weekend, Jean-Eric Vergne raced in the fifth and sixth rounds of the Formula Renault 2.0 WEC Championship on the historic Pau city circuit. His ambition was to increase his lead in the championship after four podium finishes in four races including three wins. Unfortunately, mechanical glitches upset his weekend in the streets of Pau. An electric failure prevented him from showing his speed in qualifying. He had to park his car on the track side after only three laps, with the result that he started from the back of the grid in both races. In the first, Jean-Eric fought his way up to ninth place until his car began to suffer from the same problems as the previous day forcing him to retire. In the second race, when he was heading for a points finish his car's handling went off. The reason was a slow puncture picked up at the start and this prevented him from pushing. He finally saw the flag in tenth place scoring a single point. The overall result is a frustrating one, but Jean-Eric's overall performance since the start of the championship gives him every reason to believe that he will achieve his aim - the 2009 title!
Next round: Magny-Cours on 29th - 30th May (again with the WEC Championship).
THE WEEKEND IN THREE QUESTIONS Jean-Eric, how did your weekend go?
JEV: "It wasn't very easy! I could only do three laps in qualifying before I was obliged to park my car. An electric problem prevented me from fighting my corner. So I started from the back of the grid, which always poses problems on a street circuit. In the first race I fought my way back to a points scoring position when the same glitch forced me to retire. In the second, a slow puncture hindered me a lot when I was once again catching the quickest. I scored just one points and that's not a great result."
Has this weekend compromised your 2009 WEC title hopes?
JEV: "No, not at all. Of course, the situation's not ideal. I arrived in Pau with a nineteen-point lead and I left three points behind. What reassures me is that I was among the quickest drivers on the few occasions I was able to push. There are always ups and downs in a season. I've slipped up for the first time after winning three out of the first four rounds. My aim is to get back on the winning trail at Magny-Cours and forget this setback."
What are your aims for the next WEC rendezvous?
JEV: "I've got no choice but to go for victory, and that's on the cards. My early-season performance shows that I've got what it takes as a driver. We've just got to make sure we don't run into more mechanical problems. I've got total confidence in the team, and I know that they're going to redouble their efforts to give me a super car for this coming weekend. I'm feeling pretty cool and I can't wait to be back on the podium."