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Vergne believes he is still contender to replace Webber

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Jean-Eric Vergne remains confident despite all that's been said © Sutton Images
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Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne believes that he is still in the running to replace Mark Webber at Red Bull even though most pundits see it as a straight fight between Daniel Ricciardo and Kimi Raikkonen,

Vergne was originally shortlisted by Red Bull for the seat, but team principal Christian Horner all but ruled him out earlier in the week.

"I still believe in my chances," Vergne countered. "There is of course a chance. I would love to drive for Red Bull.

"I don't want to think about anything for next year, any chance that I could go to Red Bull Racing whatsoever. You lose focus, and you lose some energy, so I want to keep it all for this year with Toro Rosso."