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Vergne eyes long-term Toro Rosso project

Jean-Eric Vergne doesn't believe his third season with Toro Rosso has to be his last, saying both he and the team have potential to improve together
Jean-Eric Vergne says he sees potential in Toro Rosso and wants to remain with the team long-term.

Toro Rosso has traditionally been a proving ground for young Red Bull drivers, with no one driver having driven for the team for more than three full seasons. Vergne is entering his third year as a race driver with the team and has seen Daniel Ricciardo promoted to the Red Bull vacancy, but he says he is planning for an extended stay beyond this year.

Asked if he saw the possibility to stay at Toro Rosso long-term, Vergne replied; “Yeah, definitely.

“I see Toro Rosso as a really big production and to be honest I'm extremely happy to be in this team for this year. Nobody knows who will have a good car – OK everyone has an idea with the top teams because the resources are so big – but I think I'm in a good position in Toro Rosso and I think they have really good plans.”

Vergne added that progress from both himself and the team would be the key to ensuring that their partnership continues beyond the end of this season.

“If I am not to be in a top team like McLaren, Mercedes, Red Bull or Ferrari then I think this is definitely the best seat to be in. I really believe in this team, I think they believe in myself as well and I don't see this as the last year at Toro Rosso. If I improve a lot as a driver and if the team sees good potential in myself – and I see of course potential in the team – then I would be more than happy to keep continuing with this team.”



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30.01.2014- Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
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1Jez

February 09, 2014 2:20 AM

He's just being polite - Torro Rosso is not the pick of the midfield teams. Force India and Sauber are clearly better choices for points potential. MaxSmoot - you make some good points and I don't really disagree with you, however if a driver had their free choice of any team aside from the big guys, they wouldn't choose Torro Rosso in 2014.

MaxSmoot

February 08, 2014 6:12 PM

He may be on to something here. The team can hardly continue to languish in the background forever. Now that they are 'separate' from Red Bull, they have to make their own way, particularly now while the new formula is being sorted out. The opportunity to progress with a benchmark driver, gain as many points as possible and finish ahead of other midfielders could mean substantial championship monies that boost their chances even further. It's a big ask but it is possible. Now whether or not JEV is the man is arguable but the team itself has to drag its mindset out of the feasting-on-scraps perspective. The departure of Franz Tost would be a good start.



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