Driver profile: Jean-Eric Vergne

By Andrew BensonChief F1 writer
Jean-Eric Vergne
Jean-Eric Vergne

Before this season, inside Red Bull, there were those would tell you last year that of all the aspiring young drivers in their programme, Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne was the one with the most potential.

So his grand prix debut with Toro Rosso was awaited with some interest this season.

It got off to a good start in Australia, with the intense Frenchman out-qualifying his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo before losing out to the Australian - and on a point - in a madcap last-lap scramble involving a number of other cars.

Ironically, since then, Vergne's qualifying performances have generally been poor, while in races he has often looked extremely impressive.

There was a strong eighth place in Malaysia in the wet, and that was set to be followed by an even more eye-catching seventh in Monaco before his team gambled on a late shower of rain that never materialised.

Meanwhile, his qualifying has been suffering from over-driving - trying too hard, basically. If he can calm himself down and discover the secret of Saturday afternoons, Vergne could be one to watch.

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