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The 2009 Cooper Tires British Formula 3 Champion, Daniel Ricciardo, and his 2010 successor, Jean-Eric Vergne, are to be teamed together in the Scuderia Toro Rosso Formula 1 team for 2012, it was announced today.
Australian Ricciardo, 22, and Frenchman Vergne, 21, are the latest in a long line of British F3 Champions to have successfully graduated to the world stage, following in the wheel-tracks of such stars as Jackie Stewart, Emerson Fittipaldi, Ayrton Senna, Mika Hakkinen and Rubens Barrichello.
Daniel and Jean-Eric are both graduates of the Red Bull junior driver development programme which saw them nurtured through British F3 and on to the Renault World Series and F1 testing duties. Ricciardo made his Grand Prix race debut with the Hispania Racing Team this season; Vergne impressed for Red Bull in last month’s Abu Dhabi young driver tests but has yet to race an F1 car. Read the rest of this entry »
Three months ago Jean-Eric Vergne was crowned the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Champion, and this week the 20-year-old Frenchman was propelled onto the world stage at the wheel of a Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 car. Vergne was taking part, along with 2009 British F3 Champion Daniel Ricciardo, in the annual F1 Young Driver tests, which concluded on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi.
Vergne ended his F1 baptism with a creditable ninth-best time overall and 61 valuable laps of the Yas Marina circuit under his belt. Jean-Eric told Autosport.com that felt he had made a useful contribution to STR’s 2011 build-up:
Today we did some development of the car for next year and I’m pretty happy because I thought it would be hard to do this. I was quite surprised that we were able to do the whole programme. – I wasn’t really nervous, the preparation beforehand has been good and so all I had to do was jump in the car and drive. The team, working with so many people, they are all so professional – so my first time in Formula 1 has been a really good experience.”
Jean-Eric is now on his way to Macau for Sunday’s Grand Prix, in which he will make his swansong appearance in a Carlin F3 car.
The young driver test was dominated by ‘09 British F3 Champion Daniel Ricciardo in the World Championship-winning Red Bull RB6; the Australian’s best lap was 1m 38.102s, some 1.3s faster than Sebastian Vettel’s Grand Prix pole time in the same car. Daniel was seven-tenths ahead of his closest young rival, Renault driver Jerome D’Ambrosio. Sam Bird (Mercedes), Gary Paffett (McLaren) and Sergio Perez (Sauber) made it four ex-British F3 men in the young driver top six.Image by Jakob Ebrey Photography
The 2010 British F3 International Series Champion Jean-Eric Vergne, as well as several recent F3 graduates, will test Formula 1 cars in Abu Dhabi next week.
Vergne, his immediate British F3 title predecessor Daniel Ricciardo, and the others will be taking part in the F1 ‘young driver tests’ on Tuesday and Wednesday (16/17 Nov) on the circuit where the F1 World Championship will be decided this weekend. Australian Daniel Ricciardo will once again drive a Red Bull-Renault, he was the quickest of the young drivers who tested F1 cars in 2009, while Frenchman Vergne will go behind the wheel of a Ferrari-powered Toro Rosso.
For Jean-Eric, who won 13 British F3 races with Carlin on his way to the title, it’s an opportunity not only to show off his skills but also to provide Scuderia Toro Rosso with vital feedback in an era when testing mileage is limited. Speaking about the test Jean-Eric said:
It’s really important for me, but it’s going to be important for the team as well because they don’t have many testing days. I will try to do a good job for them, and for those two days to be helpful to them. I don’t know yet exactly what we will be doing but there will be things to try for next year’s car. It’s going to be a good test and I am really well prepared.
Oliver Webb leaves Magny Cours leading the Cooper Tires British F3 Championship after taking two wins, two fastest laps and a second place with his Fortec team at the weekend.
The 19 year old Webb arrived at Magny Cours with no previous experience of the circuit, giving the upper hand to his championship rival Jean-Eric Vergne who, according to fota.co.uk, has raced almost constantly at the circuit.
“After four second places in six races, Webb was absolutely ecstatic to take a double victory, commenting: “To get a win in my first season in F3, was always the aim, but to get two at a circuit I have never seen is absolutely brilliant. It could hardly have gone any better, I am now leading the championship, I got two fastest laps, a second place and all at my closest rival’s home circuit. It is great to be going straight to Hockenheim off the back of this double victory, exactly what I need.”
For the full report visit fota.co.uk