“There is no universal rule that fits all, so our job at Toro Rosso
is to point out crucial things and then it is up to the driver to derive the maximum out of it and use it to his advantage. To learn the crucial things in the shortest possible time, that's what it takes.”
Among those waiting in the wings is Antonio Felix da Costa, who enjoyed a stellar 2012 season to put himself firmly on the radar of all teams in the top flight. Vergne acknowledges that the Portuguese driver will be looking to put pressure on the current pairing – and fully understands how the system works, but is looking forward to being able to display his own talents on track in 2013.
“I'm not too worried,” Vergne told Brazil's Totalrace
website, “I am confident that I will have the performance. We definitely have a better car this year compared to last year, and also I'm a better driver, more experienced, and that combination automatically gives you better results.
“I see no problems with [da Costa being there] - that's how it works at Red Bull. I've been in the same position, and Antonio is a good driver. If he keeps doing a good job, he deserves to be in F1 and, following the policy of Red Bull, if one of us – me or Daniel – is good enough to be in the first team [Red Bull Racing
], that will leave a free seat at Toro Rosso.”