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.”