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This morning, Jean-Eric Vergne was behind the wheel of the Toro Rosso STR6 during the first free practice session of Korean Grand Prix. He completed 9 laps because of the very wet and difficult conditions. If it was a difficult first session in Formula One for the FR 3.5 Series vice-champion, It was an important step in his career.

"Free Practice 1 was the first time I have driven this car. The last time I drove a Toro Rosso was last year at the Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi. I admit that I was not so happy when I opened the curtains this morning and saw the rain. I found this morning session quite difficult because of the very wet track conditions, although I am happy with what I have done, because I didn’t crash the car and I had some fun as well."

"It is difficult to judge how I did, because normally in a session like this, you get two runs with time in between to look at the data and see how to improve, but the weather meant that was not possible this morning. I had nothing to compare myself with and I definitely am not comparing my performance to any other drivers today. It was just a case of getting some experience and learning a bit more about how the team operates."

"Whatever the track conditions, I am pleased to have been given the opportunity, even if I did not get many laps completed. It means I will now be better prepared when I get back in the car for FP1 at Abu Dhabi."

From a Toro Rosso press release / Photo Red Bull

Official Renault Sport Press Release.

Posted: 14 October 2011
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