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Vergne not analysing performance

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Jean-Eric Vergne was limited to running on full wet tyres © Getty Images

Jean-Eric Vergne said he would not be reading too much in to his Toro Rosso performance in first free practice for the Korean Grand Prix.

Vergne had only previously driven a Formula One car at last year's Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi, and so was making his Friday practice debut during FP1. Conditions were difficult with a very wet track and rain throughout the session, and Vergne said that prevented him from analysing his performance and improving throughout the morning.

"I admit that I was not so happy when I opened the curtains this morning and saw the rain," Vergne said. "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."

Despite the conditions, Vergne there was still a lot he could learn from the session which would set him up for his next appearance in practice in Abu Dhabi.

"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."

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