Jean-Éric Vergne is a French racing driver who is currently competing in Formula One for Scuderia Toro Rosso. He is best known for winning the British Formula Three Championship in 2010, and also won championships in Formula Renault.
Vergne started competing in karting at age 4 at his dad's kart circuit near Paris. He entered his first competition in 2000 and became French champion in the "kids" ("Minimes") category in 2001. Three years later, he became runner–up in the French Rotax Max championship.
Vergne had his first outing in an Formula One car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July 2010, driving a Red Bull RB5. In September 2010, it was announced that he would drive for Toro Rosso in the post-season young driver test to be held at the Yas Marina Circuit in November, with the team later confirming that he would drive the Toro Rosso STR5 for both days of the test.
On the first day of the test he set the seventh fastest time with a lap of 1:42.489, completing 93 laps in the process.
On 14 December 2011, it was officially confirmed that Vergne would race for Toro Rosso in the 2012 season, alongside fellow Red Bull Junior Team member Daniel Ricciardo. After qualifying and finishing in eleventh place at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, Vergne scored his first World Championship points at the following race in Malaysia by finishing eighth in a rain-affected race.
Vergne started the 2013 season with a twelfth place finish at the Australian Grand Prix, before taking his first point of the season with tenth place in Malaysia, despite contact with the Caterham of Charles Pic. Vergne did not score points again until the Monaco Grand Prix, where he finished the race in eighth place, matching the best result of his career.