|Born||April 25, 1990||Nationality||French|
|Team||Toro Rosso||F1 Debut||Australia 2002|
|Career statistics to end 2012|
|Pole Position(s)||-||Fastest Lap(s)||-|
‘JEV’ was outdone by teammate Ricciardo on debut at Albert Park but made amends with his maiden World Championship points next time out in Malaysia, where the 22-year-old Frenchman finished eighth.
That was his highest placing for the season – but he repeated it three more times to amass 16 points and finish ahead of the Aussie in 17th place overall. One of those three was at Spa-Francorchamps, the ultimate test of a Grand Prix driver, so there is clearly good material to work with.
On the debit side, Vergne was frequently out-qualified by his teammate, and it was the qualifying session in Japan that got him on the wrong side of the race stewards for allegedly blocking an irate Bruno Senna in the Williams.
But this will be JEV’s third season in the team colours – he was their test driver in 2011 – and he has been making all the right noises about working with the engineers, learning about being an F1 driver in and out of the car, and building on his first season as a more experienced man.
Like Dan, he will need to do all that and more if he is not to go the same way as other promising young drivers in the Toro Rosso camp before him.