The reigning Formula E champion and former Toro Rosso driver Jean-Eric Vergne revealed that he has been contracted by the F1 team for 2019.
The former Ferrari test and development driver who was also part of G-Drive Racing’s dominant LMP2 class win at the Le Mans 24 Hours this year was stripped of the title due to a technical infringement.
Jean-Eric Vergne has been approached by a Formula 1 team over a race seat for 2019https://t.co/nMgGdv2OEb
— Luke Smith (@LukeSmithF1) August 18, 2018
Vergne stated that he has been approached by several F1 teams and other series teams. He said:
“It’s a possibility. It’s funny how the world of motorsport changes,” Vergne told Crash.net at Silverstone. When you change your state of mind, when you change a little bit how you work, you see the results straight away.“
"You see it in the results, and you see it in how people look at you and how they speak to you. When you start representing a brand what you are, it changes a lot of things. Three years ago, I don’t think anybody would have called me from F1 and said: ‘Hey, do you have a contract for next season?’ So it’s great".
However, the Formula E champion did not reveal the team that approached him. He also showed interest to have a better challenge in F1.
Vergne was expected to join F1 in 2013 but Red Bull picked his teammate Daniel Ricciardo, to replace Mark Webber.