Jean-Eric Vergne believes he has "a great opportunity for 2016" at Ferrari after joining the team as test driver.

Having been dropped by Red Bull following three years at Toro Rosso, Vergne has been racing in Formula E and was signed by Ferrari in a test role. With both race seats taken by Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, Vergne will have to wait for any opportunity to race in F1 again but Raikkonen only has an option for 2016 and Vergne believes he has put himself in the best position to be a potential replacement for the Finn.

"I know I gave my best [at Toro Rosso] and that's why I have no regrets, and now I'm at Ferrari which is also a great opportunity for 2016," Vergne told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "If I was not able to race this year, I think what I have is better than being at Caterham or Marussia and always being last."

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While Esteban Gutierrez is Ferrari's official reserve driver and would step in to the car if either Vettel or Raikkonen were unable to drive, Vergne said he is happier with his new role which will see him contributing in the simulator.

"Honestly, I prefer having the job of working on the simulator and doing something useful, rather than being the reserve. Today, the role of a third driver is to be at the track without doing anything special. Not being able to help to the team would be frustrating, so I feel that mine is an important task."