Vergne replaces Hartley at Tech 1
21 July 2010 – The Red Bull Junior Team has confirmed that France’s Jean-Eric Vergne, current leader of the British Formula 3 Championship, will also be joining the World Series by Renault. The news accompanies that of Brendon Hartley, who is no longer part of the Austrian energy drink company’s programme.
Carlin driver Vergne enjoyed another victory, clinching the first Rockingham race on Saturday, and currently leads in the BF3 standings by 51 points from Britain’s Oliver Webb of Fortec.
‘The Red Bull Junior Team announced today that Jean-Eric Vergne will move up into the Formula Renault 3.5 Series to contest the remainder of the championship alongside Daniel Ricciardo for Tech 1 Racing,’ reads a Red Bull Junior Team statement.
‘The 20-year-old French driver will take on this new role in addition to his existing commitments in the British Formula 3 Championship.’
The move comes following Red Bull Junior Team’s decision to release Brendon Hartley, after four seasons with the programme.'
Also on Wednesday: Hartley dropped as Red Bull reserve driver