Vergne believes Red Bull drive is still within reach
The Frenchman – who currently races for sister team Toro Rosso – was removed from the equation as to who would partner Vettel at the Milton Keynes based squad in 2014 by Team Principal Christian Horner who said it was very much a two-horse race between Kimi Raikkonen and Vergne’s team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.
However Vergne still believes that he can drive for Red Bull and take over Mark Webber’s seat in 2014. Speaking to AUTOSPORT at a World Series by Renault event where he was demonstrating a Red Bull F1 car he said: “I still believe in my chances. There is of course a chance. I would love to drive for Red Bull. But so far it makes no sense for me to think about it. It won’t help me.”
He also admitted that he understands the drama and speculation that has surrounded Red Bull choosing Daniel Ricciardo to drive for them at last weeks Silverstone Young Driver Test, saying: “It’s been a big story for him of course, it’s normal.
“I don’t want to think about anything for next year, any chance that I could go to Red Bull Racing whatsoever. You lose focus, and you lose some energy, so I want to keep it all for this year with Toro Rosso.”
Out of the two leading candidates, Vergne admits that he would like to see a driver from Red Bull’s programme get the seat: “If they have made their mind up that it should be between Daniel and Raikkonen, I would definitely prefer Daniel to go there. That is quite good for me because I can beat him. I did it this year when I didn’t have problems.
“Then I just have to show the right people that it was not a one-off.”
His season so far has been inconsistent but Vergne puts that down to bad luck and is aiming to repeat his strong performances at Monaco and Canada: “I’ve been massively unlucky this year,” he said. “Obviously not everybody can see it, and maybe some people don’t want to see it, they just want to see the result, which I understand.
“But the facts are there. Hopefully from Budapest the problems will leave me alone and I will get some great results like I did in Monaco and Canada. Everybody in the team knows I can do it. I could have done many races like Monaco and Canada, they were just the only races where nothing went wrong.”
Vergne currently sits 13th in the drivers championship standings with 13 points, one position and two points ahead of team-mate Ricciardo.
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