Tag: Jean-Eric Vergne

F1: Jean-Eric Vergne joins Ferrari as development driver

Ferrari have hired former Toro Rosso driver Jean-Eric Vergne to work on car development in their simulator.

The Frenchman was dropped by the Red Bull junior team last monthand had been looking for a new role in F1.

He replaces Spaniard Pedro De La Rosa, who has left Ferrari after two years with the Italian team.

Vergne, 24, said joining Ferrari was an “honour” and a “dream” and that he was committed to “helping the Scuderia get back to the top step of the podium”.

His employment is the latest move in a fundamental restructuring of Ferrari in the last few weeks, including the sacking of several senior personnel.

This week, Ferrari have announced the departures of their former engineering director Pat Fry, chief designer Nikolas Tombazis and tyre analyst Hirohide Hamashima.

They lost their lead driver Fernando Alonso, who negotiated an exit from his contract to join McLaren, and replaced him with four-time champion Sebastian Vettel.

And immediately after the end of the season team principal Marco Mattiacci was sacked after only seven months in the job.

The hiring of Vergne and departure of De La Rosa by new team principal Maurizio Arrivabene is a shift away from the Alonso era – De La Rosa is close to his countryman.

However, fellow Spaniard Marc Gene remains as a test driver, alongside Italian Davide Rigon.

Last week Ferrari signed Mexican former Sauber driver Esteban Gutierrez as their reserve driver, and the next day announced a major sponsorship package from the 23-year-old’s home country.

Read more at BBC Sport

Formula E: Jean-Eric Vergne to compete with Andretti in Uruguay

The Andretti Formula E Team have today announced that Frenchman Jean-Éric Vergne is to drive for the squad at the FIA Formula E Championship Punta del Este ePrix.

“It’s not often that you get to race at this time of the year,” said Vergne. “I am really looking forward to this opportunity, especially given its location in a place like Punta del Este. Although I have no experience in this new series, I am excited about the prospect of racing in Formula E, and racing for such a prestigious team as Andretti. As always, the main objective of the weekend is to stay out front and finish the year on a high note. The weekend will be a little like a journey into the unknown, but it is a journey that I am thoroughly looking forward to!”

The 24-year-old has three seasons of Formula One experience and has participated in seven championships throughout his career, recording 40 victories and 68 podiums. The 2010 British Formula 3 Champion will join fellow countryman Franck Montagny to complete the Andretti Formula E two-car line-up for the American team led by Michael Andretti.

“We’re really happy to put JEV (Jean-Éric Vergne) in the car for Punta del Este,” said Andretti. “He has great talent and we think he’ll pair well with our team for competitive results. I also think having interest and participation from respected F1 drivers shows great strength and the true potential for Formula E as a series and World Championship.”

The Punta del Este ePrix will mark the Formula E debut for Vergne, who competed full-time on the Formula 1 circuit with Scuderia Toro Rosso where he ranked 13th in the 2014 F1 Drivers’ standings. The previous two rounds in the inaugural all-electric racing series saw the team’s full-season championship driver Montagny, as well as Charles Pic and reserve driver Matthew Brabham in competition for Andretti.

Read more at fiaformulae.com

F1: Vergne confirms he’s out at Toro Rosso

Jean-Eric Vergne has confirmed he will not be in Formula One next year after being left out of Toro Rosso’s plans for 2015.

Vergne has raced for three seasons with Toro Rosso over 58 races, but will be replaced next season at the Red Bull owned team. In October Max Verstappen was announced as his replacement for 2015, but it looked as though he might be offered an extended stay when Sebastian Vettel left Red Bull and his team-mate Daniil Kvyat was promoted to the senior team.

But after a month of waiting on news, he finally confirmed he would not be at the team via Twitter three days after his final race of 2015.

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Vergne admitted over the Abu Dhabi weekend that his chances of finding another drive in F1 were slim to none, meaning he must now look elsewhere to continue his career. After Red Bull junior driver and GP3 champion Alex Lynn confirmed he would not be driving for Toro Rosso next year it now looks increasingly likely Carlos Sainz Jr will be offered the drive alongside Verstappen.

 Read more at ESPN

F1: Max Verstappen will become the youngest driver for Toro Rosso

Teenager Max Verstappen to become youngest Formula One driver in history

The teenager Max Verstappen will become the youngest Formula One driver in history next season after Toro Rosso announced the 16-year-old will replace Jean-‰ric Vergne.

The Dutchman, who is son of the former F1 driver Jos and turns 17 at the end of September, has been racing this season in the European F3 Championship, having graduated from karts last year. Verstappen joined Red Bull’s junior programme at the start of August but was confirmed as Vergne’s replacement for next season on Monday evening.

“Ever since I was seven years old Formula One has been my career goal,” Verstappen Jr said.

Toro Rosso’s team principal, Franz Tost, said: “We consider Max to be one of the most skilled young drivers of the new generation and we believe he has the necessary maturity and mental strength to take on this challenge successfully.”

The sport’s youngest driver to date is the Spaniard Jaime Alguersuari, who made his debut with the same Red Bull-owned team in 2009 aged 19 and 125 days.

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