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Vergne bids au revoir to Toro Rosso

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26/11/2014

Jean-Eric Vergne has bid farewell to Toro Rosso as hopes of retaining his seat appear to have ended.

Despite speculation that the team might retain the Frenchman, alongside its new starlet Max Verstappen, Vergne bade farewell to the Faenza outfit, via Twitter, this afternoon.

"Despite a good season & 22 pts, I'll not drive anymore for Toro Rosso in 2015," he tweeted. "Thanks for those years. Let's go for another big challenge."

Having lost out when Daniel Ricciardo was promoted to Red Bull to replace Mark Webber, the Frenchman was overlooked again when Daniil Kvyat got the nod in terms of replacing Sebastian Vettel.

With teenage sensation Verstappen drafted in for 2015 it was widely speculated that the Italian team might opt to retain the experienced, and quick, Vergne, seemingly not.

It is not yet known who will line-up alongside Verstappen, though many believe that Carlo Sainz Jr deserves the drive even though this would leave the team with two rookies.

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1. Posted by Paul C, 28/11/2014 1:40

"JEV needs to go to Champ Car in the USA. If Montoya can do well there Vergne will be the Rookie of the Year."

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2. Posted by Speedbump, 26/11/2014 22:40

"This might be the ideal seat for Sutil if they're looking for experience.
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3. Posted by Sennapod, 26/11/2014 18:03

"Agreed - he's been let go too soon.

He reminds me of when Jean Alesi came onto the scene - similarly having some flashes of brilliance and 'sticking it to the big boys' on more than one occasion.

Despite a lack of seats for 2015, perhaps 2016 might see him back. here's hoping

And I think Sainz and Verstappen will suffer in the same way
as many rookies these days - ie too much expectation too soon; and they will never deliver to the level everyone is expecting without being given time to mature (which they won't be afforded)


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4. Posted by Chris Roper, 26/11/2014 15:10

"It is not yet known who will line-up alongside Verstappen, though many believe that Carlo Sainz Jr deserves the drive even though this would leave the team with two rookies.

As PITPASS is fond of saying "Follow the Money" the driver lineups this year, even for McLaren appear to have more to do with cost than talent and Carlo Sainz Snr has a healthy wallet."

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5. Posted by Stitch431, 26/11/2014 14:54

"pity, I think Vergne is certainly a spectacular driver to watch. Hope he gets a chance elsewhere"

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