The Frenchman secured a decent collection of points thanks to his sixth place finish, moving forward from seventh on the Canadian Grand Prix grid. It comes at an important time as Red Bull decide whether to take on one of their ‘junior’ drivers at Toro Rosso for 2014 should Mark Webber leave the team. The pressure is on both Vergne and his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo to perform and he knows that consistency is more important than one big result.
In a Toro Rosso blog, Vergne said: “”This is an important result, it shows we are doing a good job, especially at the factory. It gives everybody in the team a shot of confidence and that includes me. So much so that on Sunday evening I was having a long chat with my engineer about the next race, in Silverstone. We have to keep the momentum and I’m looking forward to racing there again.”
Whilst he is excited to return to Silverstone, he is hungry for more success: “I was very pleased with the result in Canada. It’s my best F1 finish and it is nice to put more points on the board. Ultimately though, the points are not that important, it’s the fact that the performance was good that is important. Sixth place is a good result but we need to forget it now and look forward.”
After a disappointing few races for Ricciardo – on two of his “favourite” tracks – he is starting to feel that Vergne is gaining more of an advantage in the Red Bull seat battle stakes, quoted from Crash.net as saying: “Like any racing driver, I’m very highly motivated to compete with my team-mate, so having such a poor race when ‘Jev’ had an excellent one adds to the frustration,”
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