Japanese GP: Angry Senna hits out at Vergne over Q1 incident

Bruno Senna angrily hit out at Jean-Eric Vergne for blocking him after being eliminated from Japanese Grand Prix qualifying in Q1

Japanese GP: Angry Senna hits out at Vergne over Q1 incident

Senna's Williams came up behind Vergne's Toro Rosso into the chicane at the end of the first segment.

The Frenchman - about to start his final flying lap - did not get out of Senna's way, earning angry gesticulations from the Brazilian.

That left Senna 17th, and when Michael Schumacher then grabbed 16th in the final moments, Senna was eliminated. Vergne qualified 17th.

Although Williams immediately reported the incident to the stewards, Senna said that even if Vergne was penalised it would be scant consolation.

"What's going to happen is that he's going to get a penalty probably but it's not going to change anything for me tomorrow," he said.

"That's where we are - 16th, 17th, 18th or whatever."

He believes it will be very difficult to make up ground at Suzuka.

"There are few places that are harder to overtake at than here," Senna said. "But we've been there, done that, so we just need to keep our hopes up."

shares
comments
Pirelli says it will alter all tyre compounds for 2013 F1 season

Previous article

Pirelli says it will alter all tyre compounds for 2013 F1 season

Next article

Japanese GP: Charles Pic reprimanded over FP3 incident

Japanese GP: Charles Pic reprimanded over FP3 incident
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Drivers Jean-Eric Vergne
Author Matt Beer
How “overwhelming” McLaren move has given Ricciardo a new verve Plus

How “overwhelming” McLaren move has given Ricciardo a new verve

Daniel Ricciardo has found a new lease of life at McLaren – a move that’s been years in the making, as he explains to STUART CODLING…

The German legend who raced and beat Nuvolari Plus

The German legend who raced and beat Nuvolari

Ninety years ago, Rudolf Caracciola became the first non-Italian to win the epic Mille Miglia. We look at how he stacks up to the most famous pre-war ace Tazio Nuvolari, one of the drivers he beat on that day in 1931

How 2021's midfielders have taken lessons from F1's top teams Plus

How 2021's midfielders have taken lessons from F1's top teams

Formula 1’s latest Imola adventure turned into an expensive trip for many teams due to several crashes throughout the weekend. While balancing the books is an added factor in 2021 with the cost cap, a few midfield teams have cashed in early on development investments

Formula 1
Apr 19, 2021
Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Driver Ratings

A frantic wet race at Imola produced plenty of excitement and drama as drivers scrabbled for grip. Amid the hatful of mistakes and incidents that ensued, who kept their noses cleanest?

Formula 1
Apr 19, 2021
How the Emilia Romagna GP result hinged on three crucial saves Plus

How the Emilia Romagna GP result hinged on three crucial saves

Rain before the start of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix promised to spice up the action, and the race certainly delivered on that. Max Verstappen got the best launch to win from Lewis Hamilton, but both got away with mistakes that could have had serious consequences

Formula 1
Apr 19, 2021
The back-bedroom world-beater that began a new F1 era Plus

The back-bedroom world-beater that began a new F1 era

The first in a line of world beaters was designed in a back bedroom and then constructed in a shed. STUART CODLING recalls the Tyrrell 001

Formula 1
Apr 18, 2021
The clues Hamilton’s F1 contract afterthought gives to his future Plus

The clues Hamilton’s F1 contract afterthought gives to his future

The Formula 1 world reacted with surprise when it learned Lewis Hamilton’s long-awaited new Mercedes deal guarantees his presence on the grid only until the end of 2021. Both parties claimed publicly they were happy with the arrangement but, asks MARK GALLAGHER, is there more to it than that?

Formula 1
Apr 17, 2021
How a harshly ejected Red Bull star has been hooked by racing again Plus

How a harshly ejected Red Bull star has been hooked by racing again

Driver-turned-DJ Jaime Alguersuari lost his love for motorsport when he was booted out of Formula 1 just as he was starting to polish his rough edges. Having drifted from category to category then turned his back on racing altogether in 2015, he’s come full circle and is planning a return in karts for fun

Formula 1
Apr 17, 2021