23 August 2013
Belgian Grand Prix: Vergne ‘not worried’ about future
Jean-Eric Vergne does not figure in Red Bull's convoluted driver equation for 2014, but says he has confidence in Toro Rosso to produce a good car next season.
Jean-Eric Vergne insists that he can approach the rest of the 2013 F1 campaign without too much concern over his immediate future.
The Frenchman, while understandably frustrated to have been ruled out of contention for the vacancy at Red Bull Racing next season, appears cemented in Toro Rosso's line-up for a third season, and says he can use the remaining nine races to continue honing both himself and the team's developments for next year's much-changed car.
“The situation is pretty clear, [so] I don't have much to say,” he told reporters on the eve of the Belgian Grand Prix, “There have been absolutely no [statements] from Red Bull Racing or Toro Rosso, [but] I'm happy where I am.
“I'll try to focus 100 per cent on my season and all the races that are going on for the rest of the year. I don't want to think too much about next year. I'm not worried. Of course, as a driver, I wish I could have a car to win races, but I will be more than happy to stay at Toro Rosso. It's a good team. It's a team building up, just getting better and better. We have a new factory, a lot of good people coming in and I would be more than happy to stay in Toro Rosso next year. Nothing else to say really.”
Vergne heads into this weekend's Belgian round two points and one place ahead of Toro Rosso team-mate Daniel Ricciardo who, according to rumours for much of the four-week hiatus, was favourite to be confirmed as Sebastian Vettel's team-mate next season. As the Frenchman inadvertently pointed out, however, there have been none of the expected statement from RBR at Spa-Francorchamps, suggesting that the situation is far from decided.
“It's a difficult question,” he replied when asked whether he was completely out of the equation at Milton Keynes, “Obviously, I don't know much more than you. I don't want to think too much about it, so it's difficult for me to answer this question, but I still believe in our chances to have a good car next year, whether Red Bull or Toro Rosso. But, if I'm at Toro Rosso, I'm sure we will have a good car. I don't have much else to say.”
Vergne's focus, he insists, will be on what happens on track this weekend, and he is looking forward to tackling one of the 'special' circuits on the schedule.
“First of all, I love this track,” he enthused, “I've always loved racing here. For some reason, I realise I've had quite a decent car here with Toro Rosso and, especially this year, I hope it will be even better than the other ones. We are aiming for a good weekend, scoring some good points and ending all the bad results we've had recently.”
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