Jean-Éric Vergne  France

  • Full name Jean-Éric Vergne
  • Birth date April 25, 1990
  • Birthplace Pontoise, France
  • Current age 24 years 149 days
  • Current team Toro Rosso
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2014 World Championship
# Grand Prix Circuit Date Car Pos Pts Qual FL
1 Australia Albert Park March 16 Toro Rosso (STR9) 8 4 6
2 Malaysia Sepang March 30 Toro Rosso (STR9) ret 9
3 Bahrain BIC April 6 Toro Rosso (STR9) ret 14
4 China Shanghai April 20 Toro Rosso (STR9) 12 9
5 Spain Catalunya May 11 Toro Rosso (STR9) ret 21
6 Monaco Monaco May 25 Toro Rosso (STR9) ret 7
7 Canada Gilles Villeneuve June 8 Toro Rosso (STR9) 8 4 8
8 Austria Spielberg June 22 Toro Rosso (STR9) ret 14
9 Great Britain Silverstone July 6 Toro Rosso (STR9) 10 1 10
10 Germany Hockenheim July 20 Toro Rosso (STR9) 13 13
11 Hungary Hungaroring July 27 Toro Rosso (STR9) 9 2 8
12 Belgium Spa August 24 Toro Rosso (STR9) 11 12
13 Italy Monza September 7 Toro Rosso (STR9) 13 12
14 Singapore Singapore September 21 Toro Rosso (STR9) dns 12
World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
2012 Toro Rosso 20 20 0 0 16 8 0 0 11 0 0 16 17
2013 Toro Rosso 19 19 0 0 14 6 0 0 7 0 0 13 15
2014 Toro Rosso 13 13 0 0 8 8 0 0 6 0 0 11 13*
Total 52 52 0 0 38 6 0 0 6 0 0 40
Race Circuit Date
First race Australian Grand Prix Albert Park March 18, 2012 Race results
Last race Italian Grand Prix Monza September 7, 2014 Race results
Profile
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Jean-Eric Vergne started karting at his father's track at the age of four, and enjoyed success in karts before switching to single-seater racing where he became French champion in 2007 and 2008.

He won the British Formula Three Championship in 2010, his 12 wins from the first 24 races giving him the title with six races to go, and had a brief but less successful foray in the GP3 Series. He also competed in six Formula Renault 3.5 Series races at the end of the season, winning once and being on the podium four times.

On the strength of this he was contracted to drive full-time in 2011, and his five wins during the season meant he finished runner-up in the championship. In 2010 he drove for Toro Rosso in the post-season young driver test in Abu Dhabi, and in 2011 the team announced he would drive for it in practice during the final grands prix of the calendar. He impressed enough to gain a race seat at Toro Rosso when the team decided to change both drivers at the end of 2011.

His debut season saw him score 12 points, but overall he was overshadowed by team-mate Ricciardo. Qualifying proved to be a bit of a weakness and he failed to make the cut for Q2 on ten occasions. Nevertheless, there were signs of potential and he was retained for 2013.

Then came the big chance as Mark Webber announced his retirement and the two Toro Rosso drivers were in pole position to take the vacant seat at Red Bull in 2014. However, it was Ricciardo who responded the stronger and edged out Vergne, leaving him to face a third year at Toro Rosso with little chance of a promotion in the near future.

Strengths and Weaknesses
He is obviously talented but struggled to show it at times in his debut year. Vergne's lack of one-lap pace compared to team-mate Daniel Ricciardo meant he was often caught out in Q1 but he put in some impressive race performances to make up for it.

Career High
Racing from 16th on the grid to eighth at the finish at the Korean Grand Prix, passing team-mate Ricciardo on the way.

Career Low
Being outqualified by the two Caterhams at the 2012 Canadian Grand Prix after damaging his car with a clumsy error in final practice.

Quotes
"I actually don't believe so much in that rookie status thing. I am a fully-fledged driver."

"Some people will tell you that we [Ricciardo and Vergne] are in a fight for the Red Bull cockpit, but I don't see that right now. I am racing for Toro Rosso and I want to help make the car a points contender."

Trivia
Vergne's second favourite sport after motor-racing is sailing.

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September 5, 2014

Jean-Eric Vergne enters the Parabolica

August 23, 2014

Jean-Eric Vergne looks on from the cockpit

July 5, 2014

Jean-Eric Vergne of Toro Rosso ahead of the British Grand Prix

     

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