Jean-Éric Vergne joins Manor for 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship challenge

Former Formula 1 driver Jean-Éric Vergne has been announced as a CEFC Manor TRS Racing driver for the upcoming 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship.

The 26-year-old has been competing in Formula E since his departure from Formula 1 in 2014 alongside test driver duties for Scuderia Ferrari in 2015 and 2016.

“We are very happy to welcome Jean-Éric to the team. He is a very talented driver that we have followed over the years as we have raced alongside him in Formula 1.” said Graeme Lowdon, President and Sporting Director.

“We are really looking forward to starting the season and working together with Jean-Éric and I hope that, together, we will have a really successful year.”

Despite Vergne being from a single-seater background, the Frenchman is unfazed by the challenge that is ahead of him, including the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans later this year.

“I’m extremely happy to join CEFC Manor TRS Racing for the WEC season.” said Vergne. “Endurance racing and especially the 24 Hours of Le Mans is something that has been more and more on my mind lately. I couldn’t ask for more than to start this experience with such a great team. 

“I can’t wait to be behind the wheel and bring my motivation to the team to achieve great results together!”