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Vergne not thinking about Red Bull promotion

ESPNF1 Staff
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Jean-Eric Vergne will partner Daniel Ricciardo at Toro Rosso this year © Getty Images

Jean-Eric Vergne has vowed not to be distracted during his debut season by the prospect of a race seat with Red Bull in 2013.

Vergne will make his F1 debut with Toro Rosso in 2012 alongside fellow Red Bull junior driver Daniel Ricciardo. But with Mark Webber on a single-year contract at Red Bull in 2012, there is speculation that one of the Toro Rosso drivers will step up to the senior team in 2013. However, Vergne is not dwelling on the possibilities for next year.

"Since my karting days I've always had the philosophy to think only of the present," he told Servus TV. "For example, I've never thought about Formula One, but only the season I was in. In 2012 I drove for Toro Rosso; 2013 does not interest me now. I will give my best and then we'll see what comes up."

Ricciardo admitted that driving for Red Bull is the obvious goal, but said results would be key to promotion.

"Of course I'd be happy to drive for Red Bull - that's the big goal of all the Red Bull juniors," he said. "If we do everything right and we get the right results, then perhaps we will succeed in a year or two or three."

Ricciardo admitted his half-season with HRT is an advantage over Vergne, whose first grand prix will be the Melbourne season opener in March.

"I think it will be perhaps a little easier for me to get into the season, but the advantage will not last long," he added. "I'm sure it will help me but there is a lot of testing before Melbourne and we'll both be prepared."