“For me, it’s inconceivable to be friends with someone you want to beat”
Relations remain cool in the Toro Rosso garage, but rookie Jean-Eric Vergne is not expecting to be friends with any of his other rivals in 2012. The Frenchman said recently that although he and Toro Rosso teammate Daniel Ricciardo may be fighting it out for a 2013 Red Bull seat, they need to work together to push the Faenza based team forwards this year.
But outside the Toro Rosso garage, 21-year-old Vergne is not hoping to make friends in formula one.
“With Daniel and I it’s going well, we’ve known each other for a long time,” he told the L’Equipe sports daily.
“He is someone I get along well with and it’s a pleasure to work with (him).
“We can be friends, but otherwise it’s impossible to be friends with the F1 drivers — unless you know you will be always in first place with the best car.
“For me, it’s inconceivable to be friends with someone you want to beat,” added Vergne.