Jean-Eric Vergne has made his first move following his loss of his Formula One seat at Toro Rosso with the announcement that he will join the ranks of the Formula E championship for this weekend’s race in Punta del Este in Uruguay.
The Frenchman who will be replaced at Toro Rosso next year by Carlos Sainz Jr will race for the Andretti team at the third round of the Formula E series.
“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.”
Vergne will partner fellow countryman and former Super Aguri driver Franck Montagny at the team.
“We’re really happy to put JEV in the car for Punta del Este,” said team boss Michael 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.”