Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne believes Red Bull has wrongly overlooked him in the race to replace Mark Webber in 2014 claiming he has "thrashed" team-mate Daniel Ricciardo at Toro Rosso this season.
Riccardo is firmly in the running to succeed fellow Australian Webber at Red Bull next season, while Vergne is expected to remain at Toro Rosso, many put that down to Ricciardo's consistency, though the 23-year-old claims that perception is wrong.
"Red Bull is the world champion team and they need a driver who can score points in every race," he told L'Equipe.
"But if you look at the results, Ricciardo finished every race but I did not, and I have more points than him," Vergne insisted.
"But I have this image, even if it is false, but in the paddock Ricciardo is seen as more consistent than me."
Vergne pointed to the fact that of his multiple DNF's this season, only one was caused by him with the others being car failures.
He added: "If you look at the races that I had no problems, I thrashed my teammate -- he was nowhere."
Vergne's comments come as talks over who should replace Webber at Red Bull continue and also suggestions the Austrian energy drink giant is looking to give exciting young prodigy Antonio Felix da Costa his F1 debut at Toro Rosso next season.
Though Vergne admitted the process Red Bull goes through to make these decisions is complex.
"It's not that (team boss Christian) Horner takes the decision. Adrian Newey is also heard, as are Dietrich Mateschitz and Helmut Marko," said Vergne.
"I understand the risks of taking a young driver like me or Daniel. And it's even harder when they see a driver who does not finish all of the races."
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