Jean-Eric Vergne says he was a contender to replace the Ferrari-bound Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull.
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Carlos Sainz jr could be unveiled within days as Toro Rosso’s new driver for 2015.
That is the claim of the Spanish sports daily Marca, following reports in Abu Dhabi at the weekend that Jean-Eric Vergne now seems resigned to leaving Faenza after three full seasons with the Red Bull-owned junior team.
Carlos Sainz jr may have emerged as a shock candidate to be Fernando Alonso’s teammate next year
The Red Bull-backed rookie Spaniard now appears out of the running to make his debut for Toro Rosso next year, with the energy drink company likely to instead pair the young Max Verstappen with the more experienced Jean-Eric Vergne.
Lotus is set to announce that Romain Grosjean is staying with the Enstone team in 2015.
Just a week ago, the Frenchman was saying he had the power to step out of his contract and move to a bigger team. But a lot – albeit all apparently behind the scenes – has changed in the intervening days, including reports that Fernando Alonso is definitely heading to McLaren-Honda.
Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost has admitted he would like to keep Jean-Eric Vergne on board for the 2015 season.
Mere weeks ago, the 24-year-old Frenchman was ruled out of the running after the Faenza team announced that Daniil Kvyat will be joined by the controversially-young and inexperienced rookie Max Verstappen, who is just 17.
Even now crowned the new Formula Renault 3.5 champion, Carlos Sainz jr is still in the dark about his F1 future.
Clearly the cream of Red Bull’s hopeful clan of young development drivers, the 20-year-old is in the running to replace Daniil Kvyat at Toro Rosso in 2015. But with the 17-year-old Max Verstappen already signed up, it is clear that team boss Franz Tost and owner Dietrich Mateschitz think keeping the experienced Jean-Eric Vergne on board might be the smarter play.
At least four major publications believe there are “growing concerns” about the health condition of seriously injured F1 driver Jules Bianchi.
F1 is considering a couple of rule changes in response to Jules Bianchi’s serious crash at Suzuka last weekend.
The most significant is that, when double yellow flags are being waved, drivers may have their pitlane speed limiters automatically triggered. It would have the twofold benefit of not only preventing the sort of accident that sent Bianchi off the track, but ensuring that every driver is equally disadvantaged by caution zones.
F1 drivers will wear helmet stickers to show their support for injured colleague Jules Bianchi this weekend in Russia.