JEV urges STR to ‘keep going together’


Jean-Eric Vergne feels Toro Rosso should retain him for another season, adamant he’s the best person for Max Verstappen to learn from.

At the beginning of this month, Vergne believed his Toro Rosso career was over as Daniil Kvyat was set to partner newcomer Max Verstappen.

However, Sebastian Vettel’s announcement that he is leaving Red Bull was followed by the team confirming Kvyat will step up.

Now with Toro Rosso a driver short, Vergne is hoping he can keep his seat.

“There are a lot of benefits [to keeping me],” he told Autosport.

“They [Red Bull] see Max as a great talent and I think he can learn from me like Dani did this year.

“I think it’s a win-win for everybody.

“To be fair everything is pretty open for next year and I cannot say really what is going on, but all I can say is I wish to continue with this team and we will see what happens in the next few days and weeks.”

However, he believes it is not just Verstappen who would benefit by him staying on for a fourth year.

The 24-year-old said: “I think it [retaining me] is the best option for the team and myself,” he added.

“We’ve built up Toro Rosso [together]. When I arrived they had a brand new team with a new technical director, a lot of new people, and the plan was in a few years to be really one of the top midfield teams.

“We’re getting there, and I think it will be really important for all of us that we keep going.

“This year we lost so many points with the retirements I had.

“If next year I don’t have the retirements and get a better car, we will be in a really strong position.

“I think we can be a really strong team next year if we keep going together.”