Germany

Last Race: 20th Jul Germany

Germany GP Results
Pos Driver
1 Nico Rosberg
2 Valtteri Bottas
3 Lewis Hamilton

Vergne not focusing on RBR seat

Thursday 26th April 2012

Share:

Vergne not focusing on RBR seat

Vergne not focusing on RBR seat

Jean-Eric Vergne insists he doesn't view his battle with Toro Rosso team-mate Daniel Ricciardo as a "fight" for a seat at Red Bull in 2013.

Red Bull have made it clear that they would favour pairing Sebastian Vettel with a driver from their junior programme next year should Mark Webber's contract not be renewed.

Naturally, everyone believes that Vergne and Ricciardo's rivalry at the Faenza team this season is an audition for the seat at their sister squad next year.

However, Vergne played down the suggestions and says he is more interested in helping Toro Rosso finish as high as possible in the standings.

"I don't consider myself more of a rookie - and not faster," he told the official Formula One website. "Some people will tell you that we are in a fight for the Red Bull cockpit, but I don't see that right now.

"I am racing for Toro Rosso and I want to help make the car a points contender. I have no interest finishing in P15 ahead of him. I'd rather finish in P4 behind him if that meant I had a quicker car. Did I just say finish behind him? No, I don't think that I would like this! (laughs) Only the part about fighting at the front is true. Forget about the rest..."

Despite his inexperience, the 21-year-old has not looked out of place in the first four races of the season and finished eighth in only his second race in Malaysia to open his points account in F1.

When asked about the hardest thing to adapt to in the sport, the Frenchman said: "It is a combination of many things - tyres, first and foremost, then aero.

"You have to understand how qualifying works, how race strategies are set up. Many things.

"I have to say that I have adapted to these things pretty well. I also have to say that I like the qualifying format and that there is only one race (the big one on Sunday), not like in GP2 with a race on Saturday and one on Sunday."

Setting Up At The Hungaroring

Editor's Picks

Winners & Losers: Germany

Winners & Losers: Germany

Not the best result, but Daniel Ricciardo drove the finest race of his F1 career on a storming afternoon at Hockenheim...

Ferrari Must Cut Kimi Losses

Ferrari Must Cut Kimi Losses

There appears to be a sense of déjà vu for Ferrari since the return of Kimi Raikkonen, and perhaps it's time for the team to cut their losses...

Team-Mate Wars: British GP

Team-Mate Wars: British GP

Daniil Kvyat is bossing his more experienced team-mate, unlike Kevin Magnussen. Fernando Alonso still has the biggest margin...

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

The season may be underway but you can still enter the PlanetF1 Fantasy League and win prizes on a race-by-race basis...