Jean-Éric Vergne

Vergne studio shot#25 | Jean-Éric Vergne | Scuderia Toro Rosso

Date of Birth: 25/04/1990 | Nationality: French | Twitter: @JeanEricVergne

Career:

The son of a karting circuit owner, Vergne spent his formative years in the sport before progressing into single seaters in 2007. Having claimed wins in the Formula Renault 2.0 series, he advanced into British Formula Three in 2010 and eased to the title. He also dabbled in GP3 and the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, before stepping up to the championship full-time in 2011.

He narrowly lost out on that particular title but already he was preparing for his Formula 1 debut. Vergne tested for Red Bull in 2011 and also participated in a few practice sessions for Toro Rosso, having been part of the Red Bull junior team for several seasons.

Vergne made his Formula 1 debut in Australia the following season and finished in 11th place, following up that result with eighth in tricky conditions in Malaysia. But Vergne struggled for several races, the low point coming in Valencia when he was heavily penalised for causing an avoidable collision. Three more eighth place finishes beckoned and while he beat team-mate Daniel Ricciardo in the championship, the Australian had a higher reputation due to Vergne's qualifying woes.

Those Saturday issues lingered in 2013 but it was misfortune that frequently held back the Frenchman. He retired five times - in a season of very high reliability - and failed to score across the final 12 races of the year. Nonetheless, he excelled in low grip conditions in Monaco and Canada, the latter rewarding him with a sixth place finish. Something of a rough gem, Vergne tends to perform strongly when an attacking mentality is required, especially in low grip conditions. It is also this approach that sometimes leaves him playing catch-up on several weekends.