Vergne admits he 'f***ed up' and lost potential Marrakesh win
Vergne was pipped to pole by DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird and in attempting to make a pass for the lead, the 2017/18 champion mounted the inside kerb into turn one and spun his Techeetah, narrowly avoiding contact with the other cars around him.
“I simply made a mistake,” Vergne admitted when asked by eRacing Magazine to explain the move.
“When I do a mistake, I put my hand up. It was clearly a fuck up from my side. I was a bit too ambitious and I spun. I tried not to destroy Sam’s race, so I could have cut him in two, but I decided to go on the inside but obviously, I was on the dirt and I spun.”
Despite his first lap spin, Vergne recovered to salvage fifth place in the race but the Frenchman believes he would have likely won the race had it not been for his error.
“If you compare to last year, I finished second and fifth in the first two races, so it is the same result. The only difference is we have a much, much stronger car this year,” he said.
“It’s positive, obviously, I was 20 or 25 seconds off the leader [and] before the safety car came out I was only 5 seconds behind. I think it was a pretty good recovery, but I’m not very happy with this fifth position. It should have been a win but I lost it on my own.”
For the second race in a row, the BMW i Andretti team showed impressive race pace with Antonio Felix da Costa and Alex Sims running one-two until their collision. Vergne though was quick to dismiss any suggestion that this season’s surprise pacesetters currently hold a pace advantage over its rivals.
“How can you call that an advantage? We are 20 seconds behind, we are fighting and [the BMW drivers are alone], we came back five seconds. I don’t see any advantage,” Vergne said.
“I’m not worried at all. [Techeetah’s] race pace is very strong, I’m just angry at myself today. I’m not worried for the rest of the season. I think we have the best car here, at least in racing but maybe not in qualifying, we have to work on that.”
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