Luckily for Jean-Eric, his father owned a karting track when he was growing up, and he was just four when he had his first go at track racing. In 2000, at the age of 10 he entered his first competition, and the following year he became French under-12 champion. From here he steered his way through the karting classes with his early career, culminating in a seventh overall position in the KF1 World Championship.
Vergne remained in France for his first open-wheel, single seat competition by joining the French Formula Renault Campus in 2007, which he comfortably won on his first attempt, achieving ten podium positions out of thirteen races in the process. On the tail of such a consummate performance, Vergne was given a place on the Red Bull Junior Team at the end of the 2007 season and the following year he finished as the highest placed rookie driver, at the same time as winning the French Formula Renault 2.0 title.
The Frenchman finally got his F1 break in 2010. Not long after driving a Red Bull RB5 up the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, it was announced that Vergne would be driving for the Toro Rosso team in the post season young driver test. In 2012, it was confirmed that he would officially race for the team and went on to pick up his first F1 World Championship points in the Malaysian GP. JEV returned to F1 for Toro Rosso in 2013, and has picked up points thanks to his results at the Canadian Grand Prix and at the Monaco Grand Prix. He secured a place in the team for the 2014 season.