Toro Rosso kept Vergne to rise up the F1 pecking order

Daniel Ricciardo with Jean-Eric Vergne

Daniel Ricciardo with Jean-Eric Vergne

Toro Rosso has tweaked its approach to Formula 1 because it wants to take a step up the pecking order, claims driver Jean-Eric Vergne, who after missing out on the Red Bull vacancy for 2014 has been retained by the Faenza based team.

That surprised many in the paddock, who have seen drivers like Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari perform solidly, but nonetheless lose their places as team owner Red Bull pushes a new generation of youngsters into the seats.

The latest energy drink-sponsored youngster to get his chance is the Russian teen Daniil Kvyat, but for Frenchman Vergne, 2014 will be his third consecutive season with Toro Rosso.

“The picture with Toro Rosso is that it was a team that has drivers for a year or two but then they have to move on, so it’s like a stepping stone team,” Vergne, 23, told the Spanish sports daily Marca.

“But I think the philosophy has changed lately because Toro Rosso wants to go a step higher.

“Now, the feeling is that you can spend more time with them, developing for some years together. So I think that if I’m still with them, it’s because they believe [that] I can give them something that other drivers cannot,” said Vergne.

Meanwhile, Vergne said [that] he believes [that] Red Bull remains the favourite for the 2014 season, despite some tipping an advantage for Ferrari and Mercedes in the new turbo V6 era.

“Aerodynamics is always the key. I think Red Bull is still the favourite. They’ve been working on the new car for a while and I think it will be very strong, but it will be an interesting year,” added Vergne. (GMM)

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  • gilgen

    Vergne is a far better driver than Ricciardo. But he has been less fortunate in race finishes.Lets hope that he gets a better car with the ’14 STR.

  • haha

    Gilgen 100% true, in wsr he whiped the floor with everyone including daniel who is a good driver and a nice chap. I wander if Marko even noticed Vergne’s performance in monaco and montreal where he drove stellar races as did Kvyatt in Spa and Monza in gp3. I think they chose daniel because he’s got something in quali and he is surely more compliant than JEV.

  • O’Ferrari

    Jev will be gone before long. Has no speed in qualifying. Was made to look pretty slow by ricciardo.

    For all the hype, JEV has been a massive disappointment.

    Bye bye, JEV. Enjoy your final season of F1

  • Tamburello_1994

    Now that these guys are no longer teammates I was hoping we wouldn’t have to see that picture anymore.