Jean Eric Vergne says his career best result of sixth place in Singapore was more like a podium finish after he fought his way up the pack to make up for two separate penalties.
Vergne started today’s Singapore Grand Prix in a lowly 12th place and was slapped with two separate penalties for going off the track and gaining an unfair advantage. Naturally, he was elated to take sixth place at the chequered flag after an eventual two hour race.
"Sixth is like a podium for us, and I am extremely happy," Vergne told Autosport. “It's good for me and this season I need to push for next year. Today I think I showed my potential. I think I did everything I could today.”
“The end of the season is where I need to push for next year. I think I’ve shown my potential and I think I did everything I could today,’’ he added.
The Frenchman’s future in F1 is up in the air after Toro Rosso decided to replace him with 17 year rookie Max Verstappen for next season.