Vergne still aiming for 2015 seat
19 August 2014 – Jean-Éric Vergne says he is determined to prove that he deserves to remain in Formula 1, having lost out on a 2015 Toro Rosso seat to Max Verstappen.
Verstappen was announced as a Toro Rosso driver for next season, alongside Daniil Kvyat, which leaves Vergne without a seat on the Formula 1 grid.
Vergne made his Formula 1 debut with Toro Rosso at the start of 2012 but lost out on the vacant Red Bull seat to Daniel Ricciardo following Mark Webber's retirement at the end of 2013.
The Frenchman is now looking elsewhere for a 2015 drive.
"Toro Rosso is a good school," Vergne wrote on his Twitter page. "I learnt a lot. Now [I'm] focused on a great end of season. I'm already working for 2015. Still a lot to show in F1."
Vergne's Team Principal at Toro Rosso, Franz Tost, also hopes the 24-year-old remains in the sport.
"He has produced strong performances, but unfortunately he was also hindered by some reliability problems, especially in the first half of the current season," said Tost.
"We hope that we have resolved these problems and that he will be able to end the second half of this season on a high note and thereby show that he still deserves another opportunity in Formula 1."
Red Bull-backed Carlos Sainz, Jr, who had been widely tipped for a Toro Rosso seat in 2015 after opening up a healthy lead in the Formula Renault 3.5 Championship this year, also took to Twitter in the light of Verstappen's promotion.
"Many people asking which way I'm going to take, and I say the same I took at the start of the year: hard work, perseverance and...[the] WSR title," he wrote.