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Vergne heads to Formula E

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08/12/2014

Having lost his Toro Rosso seat, Jean-Eric Vergne is heading to Formula E in time for this weekend's third round of the FIA's all-electric race series.

"It's not often that you get to race at this time of the year," said Vergne, who will drive for the Andretti team. "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 2010 British Formula 3 Champion will join countryman Franck Montagny to complete the Andretti two-car line-up for the American team led by Michael Andretti. "We're really happy to put JEV 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."

Having been passed over when teammate Daniel Ricciardo was promoted to Red Bull to replace Mark Webber, Vergne missed out again this year when the Faenza outfit, having already recruited rookie Max Verstappen, opted to partner him with another rookie, Carlos Sainz.

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1. Posted by Paul C, 09/12/2014 21:44

"Isn't Formula E the professional racing version of driving around in a custom golf cart in a retirement community? Toro Rosso needs an adult at the wheel in at least one car. Sainz and Verstappen are nothing more than FIA legacy drivers."

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2. Posted by Ro, 08/12/2014 19:15

"hope he doesnt get electricuted ! Sad day, a talent wasted."

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