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Past success boosts Vergne in Spa F1 debut

It might be Jean-Eric Vergne's first time at Spa in an F1 car, but that doesn't mean he's a stranger to success at the historic circuit.
Toro Rosso driver Jean-Eric Vergne said that he was looking forward to his first F1 weekend at Spa in 2012, a track he knows well from other championships.

"I think it's my favourite track," said the 22-year old French driver at Spa on Thursday. "I'm really happy to be here in F1, to learn this track in an F1 car.

"I found it amazing in Formula Three and World Series," he said. "I won three races in F3 in the same weekend here and last year I won as well. I finished second and first."

With such successful experience here in the past, he's hoping that will put him on the front foot this weekend.

"It's generally a good track for me, so hopefully I make a good run here as well this weekend," he said ahead of his first chance to experience the track in Free Practice on Friday. "I can't wait to drive tomorrow in this car, it should be nice."

Vergne is hopeful that the current uncertainty within the team about the position of technical director won't undermine their efforts going into the second part of the 2012 season. Despite rumours swirling around the F1 paddock at Spa that James Key is set to take over the role from Giorgio Ascanelli from the end of the month, nothing has yet been officially confirmed.

"I don't have much to say about it," said Vergne when asked about the situation. "So far everything is OK. The team is still pushing really hard."

The apparent vacancy in the role of technical director hadn't stopped toro Rosso from coming to Spa with further upgrade packages for the race weekend, he insisted.

"We have some good updates," he said. "Well, I don't know if they're good, but we have some and also we're testing some new things for next year's car - front suspension. So, everything is still going on quite well in the team and we're looking forward to this weekend."




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