Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Vergne not interested in 2015 reserve role

(Florent Gooden for Renault Sport F1)

Toro Rosso driver Jean Eric Vergne has stated that he is unwilling to settle for a role as a reserve driver with a Formula One team in 2015.

It was announced over the Summer that the Frenchman who has been with the Toro Rosso team since making his Formula One debut in 2012 and finished ahead of then team mate Daniel Ricciardo. Vergne finished the season in 17th place on 16 points while Daniel Ricciardo finished the season off in 18th place on 10 points. 

When Mark Webber announced that he would be leaving Formula One last season Jean Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo were automatically as part of the Red Bull junior team considered to replace the Australian with Daniel Ricciardo getting the nod ahead of Vergne. 

This season he was joined at Toro Rosso by Russian rookie Daniil Kvyat who has been extremely impressive during his debut season in Formula One which has seen him score 8 points and is in 15th place in the championship equal on points with the Lotus F1 Team's Romain Grosjean while Jean Eric Vergne is currently in 13th place on eleven points.

The Frenchman will be replaced at Toro Rosso next season by Dutch teenager Max Verstappen but is hopeful that he will be able find a place on the Formula One grid next season.

The Frenchman has stated that he is just concentrating on obtaining a race seat for 2015,

© Ben Johnston 2014

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