Tost: Vergne has a lot of potential
19 December 2013 – Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost is backing Jean-Eric Vergne to succeed next season, assuming the Faenza-based squad provide him with a good car.
Vergne will compete with STR for a third year in 2014 and after only notching up three top-ten finishes in 2013, he will be hoping the STR9 is far more competitive than this year’s STR8.
“Jean-Eric Vergne has a lot of potential and I'm more than happy he's with us next year. If we provide him with a good car he will show a very, very good performance,” Tost told Sky Sports F1.
Vergne meanwhile said Red Bull’s decision not to promote him and put him in the ‘A’ team alongside four-time F1 world champion, Sebastian Vettel, will spur him on.
“It was a disappointment of course not to go to Red Bull [and replace Mark Webber]. As a racing driver you want to win races and be World Champion, and for this you need the best car - and Red Bull is the best car,” Vergne stated.
“So it was a big disappointment I had to go through. But then I had to look in the mirror and say, 'Why did Red Bull pick him [Daniel Ricciardo, my 2013 team-mate] up and not me?' I think that helped me a lot in trying to be better.”
“I love this sport,” Vergne continued. “Obviously I would love it a lot more if I was running at the front but sometimes you have to be patient.
“It's what I'm trying to do.”