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Vergne chases forward progress

Jean-Eric Vergne says he is hopeful of forward progress from Toro Rosso during the 2013 F1 season
Jean-Eric Vergne says he is eyeing forward progress in his second season in F1 after Toro Rosso took the wraps off its 2013 challenger at Jerez.

Like team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, Vergne will work with a new race engineer during the season ahead after the Faenza-based team elected to ring the changes in order to try and avoid a repeat of the struggles it endured last year.

Speaking ahead of the first pre-season test of the year, Vergne admitted that he was eager to make the most of the experience he was able to gain last year and felt ready to 'do better and move forwards'.

“Going into this season is a completely different experience to this time last year, when I had to deal with a lot of unknowns,” he said. “I had to learn the majority of tracks, understand so many details about Formula 1 and learn to work with the team. This year, I will still be learning – you never stop learning – but the basics are there and I will be able to focus on more important aspects of the job.

“There are many changes within the team, and for me personally, I will be working with a new race engineer. I expect it will take some time to learn to work together, but I regard this as a positive step for me. My new engineer comes from a world championship winning team and he will bring a different approach and overall I think it should be a good thing. In general, I sense a new philosophy within Toro Rosso: I wouldn't say people are working harder, but maybe they are going in a better direction and everyone has been working hard since the end of last season, to achieve our goals.

“My priorities for the coming year? The first one is of course to score as many points as possible. After that, like any driver, I want to beat my team-mate. I learned a lot from him last year and I feel I am ready to do better and move forward.”



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