Mis-Season Review: Vergne vs. Kvyat

Daniil Kvyat Australian Grand Prix

Ahead of F1's return to action at Spa we're taking a look at how the drivers are faring against their team-mates. Next up, Red Bull feeder outfit Toro Rosso.

This week, Toro Rosso technical director James Key described the team’s 2014 points total as pathetic. The Italian-based squad currently sit seventh in the standings on 17 points - 80 shy of sixth-placed McLaren.

But this has largely been down to failures on the car. The team’s drivers have been in decent form, with rookie Daniil Kvyat showing well and Jean-Eric Vergne bouncing back after missing out on a Red Bull seat.  

Jean-Eric Vergne - Highest start: 6th. Highest finish: 8th

Spare a thought for Vergne. While his former team-mate Daniel Ricciardo has been the star of this F1 season, JEV has just been informed he will not drive for Toro Rosso next season. He knows he can match the Australian, but after a career-defining 2013 their lives are headed in very different directions.

Vergne has recovered impressively from the disappointment and performed well this year, though unreliability has ruled out an eye-catching result. His situation is a strange one. He is regularly praised by the Toro Rosso hierarchy - particularly team principal Franz Tost - but he was always going to get the boot. It's not that he's doing a bad job, but Red Bull need to keep their talent stream flowing.

He has not been helped by just how good team-mate Kvyat is. JEV should really be on top of the Russian, but from the opening race Kvyat has been as quick as Vergne, with qualifying a narrow 6-5 in the Frenchman's favour.

So what next? Unless he is willing to seek a berth at Caterham or Marussia, his grand prix career could be over at the tender age of 24.

Daniil Kvyat - Highest start: 7th. Highest finish: 9th

They say you can spot a genuine talent within just a few laps in a Formula 1 car; Daniil Kvyat is one of those talents. Early on during the Australian Grand Prix weekend it was obvious that he was a bit special. Just how special remains to be seen, but there is undoubtedly a lot of potential there.

In Melbourne he became the youngest points scorer in F1 history, and his qualifying pace has often been impressive. He’s made the odd mistake, but he is just 20 years old and jumped into F1 direct from GP3.

Christian Horner recently called Kvyat's rookie campaign "sensational". If he's impressing the top brass at Red Bull his future should be bright.

VERDICT: Kvyat has done brilliantly to adapt so quickly to F1. Vergne has been solid, but the Russian is the toper performer here.