Jean Eric Vergne: The Best Young Formula 1 Rookie 2012
Rookie of the Year: Jean Eric Vergne
There were only two real Formula One rookies on the grid this year – Jean Eric Vergne and fellow Frenchman Charles Pic, and the latter edged the former, in our ratings.
It was no walk in the park for the 22 year old who was fast tracked into the Toro Rosso team straight from Formula Renault 3.5, thus bypassing the traditional GP2 route. At first he was out of his depth, but as the season progressed he started to outshine his slightly more experienced teammate Daniel Ricciardo, and in the end out scored him 16 to 10.
Vergne summed up his season, “I had four eighth places during the year and scored 16 points. For my first year in F1, and given that we didn’t have the best car in the world, I don’t feel too bad about that record. For sure, it could have been better and I certainly expect better of myself next year, but all in all I’d mark it down as a successful first season.”
“Ultimately, I think this year was all about learning and the points are not the most significant thing. The important thing for me is that I think I have learned a hell of a lot about F1 this year,” concluded the Frenchman who stays with the team for 2013.