Jean-Eric Vergne has begun the latest part of his Formula 1 career by driving the Scuderia Ferrari simulator at Maranello for the first time.
The Twenty-four-year-old Frenchman recently joined the legendary Italian team having been dropped from the Scuderia Toro Rosso team after three seasons, and met the engineers and management team before getting into the teams’ simulator.
Vergne admitted he was looking forward to working with the teams’ two race drivers of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel in 2015, and understood just how much Ferrari means to the town of Maranello having spent some time there the day before.
“The first day as a Ferrari man is really something special,” said Vergne. “But already last night, I took a short trip around Maranello and I realised that this is a city that lives and breathes Ferrari.
“This year, I will be doing a lot of work in the simulator and this first introduction to it was very useful. I know Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen well and I can’t wait to work with them.”
Vergne has raced in 58 Formula 1 Grand Prix since making his debut in 2012, and joined Ferrari along with ex-Sauber driver Esteban Gutierrez after the conclusion of the 2014 season. His best finish in Formula 1 is sixth place, which he has achieved twice, first at the 2013 Canadian Grand Prix and then at the 2014 Singapore Grand Prix.