Jean-Eric Vergne finished an impressive career-best sixth in Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal for the part-Bicester based Toro Rosso team, write Colin and James Beckett.
The Frenchman started from seventh on the grid and passed the Williams of Valtteri Bottas early on and was never in serious danger of losing sixth as he ran competitively throughout the race.
Vergne said afterwards: “Incredible! I’m very happy. The best result for me of course, but also the highest finishing position since Vettel’s results for the team in 2008.
“It is even more satisfying because it was a normal race in the dry, with no one going out in front of me so we achieved this position fair and square.
“It’s a great result for the team as we are making progress race by race and it’s very encouraging for the rest of the season. We are looking forward to Silverstone.
“After finishing eighth in Monaco, this result on another difficult track has boosted my confidence and I feel I have progressed as a driver.
“We must continue to push hard on the development of the car, starting with the next race at Silverstone, so that we can aim even higher than this.”
His Toro Rosso team-mate, Daniel Ricciardo, finished the race in 15th position.