Vergne: I don't care

Monday 01-April-2013 12:32

Jean-Eric Vergne is adamant winning the intra-team battle at Toro Rosso is not his main goal, rather he wants to get the best results possible.

With Mark Webber reportedly set to leave Red Bull Racing at the end of this season, junior drivers Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo are the favourites to replace the Australian.

As such the battle between the two has taken on new meaning.

And although Vergne hit the front at Sepang when he netted Toro Rosso's first point of the season, the Frenchman insists beating Ricciardo is not what it all about.

"People want to make out that there is a big fight," he told Autosport. "I don't care. I'm here to do my job and get the best result for the team.

"If I can be the driver that picks up the best result then I definitely want to be this driver and I will do everything for this.

"If we have the worst car though and always finish 17th or 18th every weekend I will not be happy at all.

"In Australia I was in front of Daniel after qualifying, but I was really pissed off and sad that I didn't make it through into Q3. The intra-team fight isn't enough for me, I want better performances."

The 22-year-old scored just 16 points last season, however, believes this year will be better.

"The pace and performance of the car is good. There are a few things we need to improve inside the team and on the car and hopefully we can improve this really quickly.

"In Australia I got the second fastest lap, I was much quicker than the guys in front. That was a positive - the car was looking pretty good."

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