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Posted on Saturday, January 17, 2015

Vergne admits Le Mans 'options'

Jean-Eric Vergne is determined to remain one of the world's top racing drivers. After three years at Red Bull's junior F1 team Toro Rosso, the 24-year-old was dropped but he has kept his dream alive with a simulator role at the sport's fabled team, Ferrari. "I still have a future in Formula 1," the Frenchman, who has already started work at Maranello, told Auto Hebdo. "This year I will obtain an interesting technical expertise, which is of course different to what I learned at the […]

Posted on Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Vergne begins Ferrari simulator duties

Former Formula 1 racer Jean-Eric Vergne has begun his simulator duties with Ferrari, following his move to the team last month. Vergne raced for Toro Rosso between 2012 and 2014 but lost his seat as Red Bull opted to place Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen at the Faenza-based team. Vergne switched to a test role with Ferrari and will conduct the majority of simulator work for the team at its Maranello factory, with Sauber refugee Esteban Gutierrez occupying a reserve driver position. "The first day […]

Posted on Sunday, January 11, 2015

Vergne sets sights on Raikkonen's 2016 seat

Jean-Eric Vergne has admitted he has set his sights on Kimi Raikkonen's 2016 race seat at Ferrari. The Frenchman was part of the Red Bull young driver system but was dropped by Toro Rosso at the end of 2014. He has rescued his F1 career with a test driver role at Ferrari, although the top reserve seat was already filled by the heavily Mexican-backed Esteban Gutierrez. "Honestly," Vergne told Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport, "I prefer having the job of working on the simulator and […]

Posted on Friday, December 19, 2014

Vergne joins Ferrari as test driver

Ferrari has confirmed that Toro Rosso outcast Jean-Eric Vergne has joined the squad as a test driver. Vergne, who finished in 13th place in this year's championship, will focus on car development work in Ferrari's simulator. Vergne joins Esteban Gutierrez, Marc Gene and Davide Rigon as a test driver with the Italian squad. "I feel very honoured to be joining the Ferrari family and becoming a part of the most prestigious team in the history of Formula One," commented Vergne. "The objective is a unanimous […]

Posted on Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Vergne confirms Toro Rosso exit

Jean-Eric Vergne has confirmed that he will not race with Toro Rosso in 2015. Vergne joined Toro Rosso at the start of 2012 but was replaced for next year when the squad originally announced a line-up of Daniil Kvyat and Max Verstappen in August. But Sebastian Vettel's departure from Red Bull enabled Kvyat to be promoted to the senior team and allowed Vergne a chance of a reprieve. The Frenchman remained in contention for a seat with Toro Rosso in 2015 but, after indicating to […]

Posted on Sunday, November 9, 2014

Vergne laments 'painful' race

Jean-Eric Vergne lamented a 'painful' race as he missed out on points in the Brazilian Grand Prix. Vergne started the race from 15th position but was unable to make much progress and crossed the line in 13th place. "It was a little bit painful today," he said. "I spent almost the whole race in traffic behind [Sergio] Perez and I was slower than him, so even with the DRS open on the straight it was not possible to overtake him. "This made me lose a […]

Posted on Saturday, November 8, 2014

Kvyat sure of points charge despite penalty

Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat is sure he can fight for points in the Brazilian Grand Prix, despite having to start from the back row of the grid. Kvyat was penalised at the last race in the United States for using a seventh Internal Combustion Engine but he was only able to drop three places, rather than the required 10. Kvyat's penalty was therefore carried over to Brazil and while he progressed through to Q2, he opted not to post a time and will drop […]

Posted on Monday, November 3, 2014

Perez, Vergne penalised for Austin moves

Sergio Perez and Jean-Eric Vergne have been penalised for incidents in the United States Grand Prix at Austin. Perez hit the back of Kimi Raikkonen on the opening lap and the incident also resulted in him hitting Sauber's Adrian Sutil, causing terminal damage to the German's car. Stewards deemed that Perez was at fault and handed him a seven place grid penalty for next weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix. Perez was also handed two penalty points, his first of the season. Vergne was battling with Romain […]

Posted on Friday, October 31, 2014

Verstappen wants Vergne to be Toro Rosso teammate

Max Verstappen says he would prefer to be Jean-Eric Vergne's teammate next year. Red Bull, the owner of Toro Rosso, is yet to decide whether the experienced Frenchman Vergne, 24, will get one more year at Faenza, or if the new Formula Renault 3.5 champion Carlos Sainz jr will be promoted. Sainz, 20, is waiting impatiently. "I have no plan B," the Spaniard told Marca sports newspaper on Thursday. Insiders believe it is likely Red Bull and Toro Rosso officials will eventually decide it makes […]

Posted on Thursday, October 30, 2014

Vergne 'best option' for Toro Rosso seat

Jean-Eric Vergne says he is the best candidate to continue with Toro Rosso into the 2015 season. Vergne has raced with the squad since the start of 2012 but his future looked uncertain following Toro Rosso's decision to pair Daniil Kvyat with Max Verstappen for next season. But Sebastian Vettel's departure from Red Bull enabled Kvyat to be promoted, thus opening up a vacancy at the junior team. Vergne, who faces competition from Formula Renault 3.5 champion Carlos Sainz Jr, runner-up Pierre Gasly and GP3 […]

Posted on Sunday, October 12, 2014

Toro Rosso pair lament race regression

Toro Rosso drivers Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniil Kvyat were left to lament a difficult race at the Russian Grand Prix, with neither driver scoring a point. Vergne and Kvyat both started inside the top 10 but were unable to match faster rivals and came home in 13th and 14th places respectively. The pair admitted that having to save fuel meant that they were unable to race their rivals. "It was an extremely frustrating race," said Vergne. "We have to understand why we had to save […]

Posted on Saturday, October 11, 2014

Kvyat aiming for top five finish

Toro Rosso youngster Daniil Kvyat says a top five finish is his aim after achieving the best grid slot of his Formula 1 career at his home race in Russia. Kvyat set the fifth fastest time in qualifying at the Sochi Autodrom - the highest position a Toro Rosso driver has achieved since Daniel Ricciardo last season. "It feels great securing fifth in today's qualifying here in my home country," he said. "It was already looking quite promising yesterday, so I'm very happy we could […]