Vergne not expecting to make friends with his F1 rivals

(L to R): Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso and Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso at the launch of the Scuderia Toro Rosso STR7. Formula One Testing, Preparations, Jerez, Spain,  Monday 6 February 2012.
Daniel Ricciardo and Jean Eric Vergne

Feb.28 (GMM) Relations are cool and cordial in the Toro Rosso pit garage, but rookie Jean-Eric Vergne is not expecting to develop friendships with any of his other Formula 1 rivals in 2012.

The Frenchman said recently that although he and Toro Rosso teammate Daniel Ricciardo may be fighting it out for a 2013 Red Bull seat, they need to work together to push the Faenza based Torro Rosso forwards this year.

But outside the team garage, 21-year-old Vergne is not hoping to make friends in formula one.

“With Daniel and I it’s going well, we’ve known each other for a long time,” he told the L’Equipe sports daily.

“He is someone I get along well with and it’s a pleasure to work with [him].

“We can be friends, but otherwise it’s impossible to be friends with the F1 drivers — unless you know you will be always in first place with the best car.

“For me, it’s inconceivable to be friends with someone you want to beat,” added Vergne.

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