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Vergne impresses with quickest times

Jean-Eric Vergne impresses for Red Bull during Yas Marina test
Head of race engineering Ian Morgan admitted he was 'very impressed' with Jean-Eric Vergne after the Frenchman topped all three days of the Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi.

Having completed two Friday practice sessions this season with Toro Rosso alongside his World Series by Renault programme, Vergne was given the chance to take part in the Yas Marina test with Red Bull Racing and was the only driver to run in the RB7 over the three days.

Although his final day of running was hit by reliability problems that limited him to just 46 laps, Vergne posted a quickest time that was just half a second off the pole time set by Sebastian Vettel during the Abu Dhabi GP weekend and was well clear of his closest rival.

“It was a frustrating day, due to a few niggly reliability issues which hampered our progress in the afternoon – but we had a good morning,” Morgan said at the end of the test. “Looking to Jean-Eric, I must say I have been very impressed with him during this test. He's not really been in our car for any length of time before this week and he hasn't made a single mistake.

“He's good at taking in information and using it as required and he's been consistent and controlled. He was able to do as we ask and put in a lap time whenever we needed – he's done a good job.”

Vergne will be in action in first practice in Brazil for Toro Rosso as he seeks to try and earn a race seat for the 2012 season.


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Tom - Unregistered

November 18, 2011 12:25 PM

Except that you have to look at the conditions of the day! And this guy was a full 2 seconds ahead of the other guys...Now that is impressive !

1Jez

November 20, 2011 1:27 AM

@JaredF1 - No it wont, it will be Ricciardo and Alguersuari. Why would Vergne get a Torro Rosso seat ahead of Ricciardo? Ricciardo now has F1 race experience and is just further along in his driver development. And why would Red Bull want to put their two star up-and-coming drivers at the very back of the grid? STR is the Red Bull junior team, they don't need HRT as the Torro Rosso junior team (or Red Bull junior junior team??). Buemi will be out in 2012, and well he should be as he has had plenty of time to impress and not delivered. In today's F1 you can't take 3 seasons to finally "come into your own".



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