Jean-Eric Vergne has taken the news that he will not be retained by Scuderia Toro Rosso for 2015 in his stride, and is now focusing on using his final eight races with the team to prove that he is worthy of a seat on the grid.
The Italian team confirmed yesterday that 16-year-old Max Verstappen will be joining Daniil Kvyat for 2015, meaning that the Dutchman will become the youngest driver to ever start a grand prix in Australia next March.
However, it also means that Vergne will be dropped after three years with the team, but he has kept his head up and sent out a positive tweet from his account earlier today.
“Toro Rosso is a good school,” he wrote. “I learnt a lot. Now focussed on a great end of season. I’m already working for 2015. Still a lot to show in F1.”
The Frenchman joined the team back in 2012, but did not make enough of an impact to beat then-teammate Daniel Ricciardo to the promotion to Red Bull. The Australia has since flourished with the defending champion team, claiming two race wins this year.
Just like many before him, Vergne has fallen foul of Red Bull’s high expectations for the drivers in its ranks. However, he will be hoping to make an impression during his final eight races with Toro Rosso, and he will need to if he is to find a seat on the 2015 grid.
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