Vergne 'best option' for Toro Rosso seat

By on Thursday, October 30, 2014
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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 leader Alex Lynn, says that continuity will be best for both him and Toro Rosso.

"I think [staying] is the best option for the team and myself," Vergne said. "When I arrived at Toro Rosso they had a brand new team with a new Technical Director, a lot of new people, and the plan was in a few years to be one of the top midfield teams.

"We're getting there, and I think it will be really important for all of us that we keep going. This year we lost so many points with the retirements I had. If next year I don't have the retirements and get a better car, we will be in a really strong position. I think we can be a really strong team next year if we keep going together."

Vergne also added that his experience would help with the development of 17-year-old Verstappen.

"They see Max as a great talent and I think he can learn from me like Daniil did this year," he said. "I think it's a win-win for everybody. To be fair everything is pretty open for next year. All I can say is I wish to continue with this team and we will see what happens in the next few days and weeks."

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