Vergne joins Andretti as Battersea Park gets the nod

Out-of-luck Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne has left his Formula 1 home for the last three years, Toro Rosso. He is to race for Andretti Autosport’s Formula E outfit in the Uruguayan ePrix this weekend.

Montagny tests the Andretti machine at Donnington. Photo taken from electricalautosport.com
Montagny tests for Andretti at Donnington; now Vergne’s seat. Photo credit: electricalautosport.com

Vergne tested for the team in 2011’s Abu Dhabi Young Driver test, and has occupied a race seat alongside Daniel Ricciardo, and Daniil Kvyat. However, he has had to watch the agonising sight of both Dans progressing to Red Bull, replacing Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel respectively.

17-year-old Max Verstappen is to replace the Frenchman at Toro Rosso for 2015. With a second vacant seat at the team, there were hopes that JEV could cling on to the second seat, but it has now been announced that Carlos Sainz Jr will take it, with car number 55.

Presumably, we can refer to him as Carlo55ainz.

Hold your applause. No please, don’t get up.

With Vergne’s move to Formula E, someone from that series has to move out. That someone is Franck Montagny. Andretti’s line-up has been all over the place so far. First, Pic and Montagny headed the team, until Pic was swapped for Matthew Brabham. Now, Montagny moves aside for his compatriot Vergne to compete.

Katherine Legge has also been swapped out at Amlin Aguri. The Brit has proved popular among fans, gaining the FanBoost privilege in both of the first two races; clearly that will not be the case in Punta del Este.

Rather than a contractual issue, or a lack of performance, Legge is unable to drive at the Uruguayan ePrix due to testing the revolutionary Delta Wing in Daytona.

In her place, Mexican Salvador Duran will drive.

China racing also made a driver swap, replacing Ho-Pin Tung for Antonio Garcia.

LONDON ePRIX

Finally, London’s Battersea Park Circuit has also been given the green light to host the final round of the season in June. Wandsworth Council approved the site, as long as planning permission with the FIA goes through.

It is thought that two races will be held that weekend. Click here to read more.

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