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Vergne not jealous of Ricciardo's Red Bull drive

Jean-Eric might have missed out on a drive with Red Bull in 2014, but he is nonetheless supportive of Ricciardo, who will drive for Red Bull next season
Friday, September 6, 2013

MONZA, Italy, September 6th, 2013 (F1Plus / AFP) - Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne on Friday stressed that he was not jealous of his Toro Rosso team-mate Daniel Ricciardo's success in landing a place in the Red Bull team next year.

He said he understood the decision even though he has out-scored the Australian both last season and this.

"I understand it - he is stronger than me in certain aspects, but I am stronger than him in others," he said.

"Of course, right now, it's a bit disappointing but who knows? In the future, maybe it will be a good thing to stay at Toro Rosso and get one more year to learn everything and get more experience."

He added: "I don't need to prove that I can be in the seat, when you look at Daniel's results and mine they are really similar.

"I ended up with more points last year and I have more points than him right now. It does not mean I am a better driver and he has done some things better than me, but he has more experience.

"Looking at his performance and mine, I think I could have got the seat as well.... But, of course, I'm not jealous, I am really happy for him. Red Bull took the right decision to take a Red Bull driver next year!"

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