Imagine you’re in the position that Jean-Eric Vergne is in career wise right at this moment – despite trying your hardest in the position that you’re in, fighting for the promotion, you’ve been usurped for that job by a younger, arguably more talented person. Your future’s been derailed, and it could be curtains for your dream job.
Now, not that we’re trying to depress you or anything, but how do you react in that situation? Roll over and take it? Or put yourslef in the shop window for another job?
Well, JEV went for the latter in Singapore, not that it was an easy afternoon for the Frenchman. He was twice punished for leaving track limits, suffering a 5-second penalty for his first violation, and then being informed that he would have an additional 5-second penalty handed to him after the race.
It was like a fire had been lit under the Toro Rosso driver after he received the second slap on the wrist – he negotiated his way through the train of cars behind Valterri Bottas with great effect, especially with his lunge on Kimi Raikkonen into Turn 1 for 7th place, and then cleared Bottas to take 6th. The Finn’s Pirellis had already fallen off the cliff meaning he was a nothing more than a moving chicane, and that meant Vergne could build the gap necessary to absorb the penalty.
The question will need to be asked though; has Jean-Eric done enough to stay in Formula One for 2015? The jury will be out until he signs a contract, obviously, but he’s done enough under the lights in Singapore to win our highly coveted Top Dog award. Allez JEV!