Formula E

Jean-Éric Vergne joins Andretti for Punta del Este ePrix

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There’s no break for Jean-Éric Vergne who, fresh from the news of leaving Formula 1 team Scuderia Toro Rosso, will link up with the Andretti Autosport Formula E team for the third round of the championship at Uruguay’s Punta del Este ePrix.

The 24-year-old has three seasons of Formula 1 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.

Lining up alongside Montangy, the all French duo will look to build on Andretti’s fourth in the standings. With a 2014 Formula 1 driver behind the wheel of the #28 Andretti Renault-Spark, Andretti certainly have the opportunity to do so. Looking at the bigger picture it’s a huge boost for Formula E, according to Michael Andretti.

“We’re really happy to put JEV (Jean-Éric Vergne) in the car for Punta del Este,” said team boss 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.”

For Vergne, the Formula E chance is one that had to be taken, throwing up plenty of new variables for the ex-F1 racer.

“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!”

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A second year sports journalist at the University of Huddersfield, Tom Errington has spent over a year in the motorsport industry. He spent the 2014 season with SRO on British GT and British F3, even helping out with Blancpain in the Spa 24 Hours, before later becoming a freelancer with the Lotus F1 Team helping with PR and website content.
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