Monday, 12 January 2015

Vergne targets Raikkonen's Ferrari seat in 2016

(Frederic Le Floch DPPI for Renault Sport F1)

Scuderia Ferrari test and reserve driver Jean Eric Vergne has stated that he is targeting Kimi Raikkonen’s race seat at the Italian team next season.

The Frenchman joined the Maranello based outfit at the end of last year after being dropped by Scuderia Toro Rosso after three seasons. The Frenchman lost out to Daniel Ricciardo at the end of 2013 in the race for Mark Webber seat at Infiniti Red Bull Racing.

The Frenchman then lost out to Daniil Kvyat to replace the Ferrari bound Sebastian Vettel for the 2015 season. He was then replaced at Toro Rosso as the team decided to promote two drivers from their young driver programme. 

Kimi Raikkonen returned to Ferrari for the first time since 2009 last year and endured an extremely challenging season against Fernando Alonso who has moved to McLaren-Honda.

Raikkonen is now into the second year of his latest contract with the Maranello based outfit, however there is an option for the Finn to continue with the team into 2016 however it is all dependent on how the ICEMAN gets on in 2015 and whether or not he wants to continue in Formula One beyond this season.

(© Ben Johnston 2014)

Raikkonen goes up against friend and former world champion Sebastian Vettel this season who arrives from Infiniti Red Bull Racing and after finishing the 2014 campaign where he finished the season in 12 place on 55 points.

The Finn is hopeful that Ferrari have a competitive car this season. The team finished the 2014 championship in 4th place behind the Williams Martini Racing. 

The team has introduced a whole host of personnel changes which they hope will enable them to move up the grid this year.

Jean Eric Vergne is driving in the FIA Formula E championship with Andretti Formula E alongside Marco Andretti alongside his commitments with Ferrari. 

(© Ben Johnston 2015)

© Ben Johnston 2015

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