Vergne: Toro Rosso was a good school I learnt a lot

Jean Eric Vergne Toro Rosso era is over

Jean Eric Vergne Toro Rosso era is over

Jean-Eric Vergne insists he is not giving up on Formula 1, despite after two and a half seasons into his Formula 1 grooming by Red Bull, the energy drink company’s famously-harsh driver programme – led by the gruff Helmut Marko – has given the 24-year-old Frenchman his notice.

Not long ago, Vergne was the beneficiary of the severity of Marko’s decisions when Toro Rosso ousted Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari — the latter just two years after making his Formula 1 debut as a teenager.

“Formula 1 can be cruel,” former McLaren driver John Watson told the Mirror this week, “as it was to Vergne and Alguersuari.”

Jean Eric Vergne last season with Toro Rosso

Jean Eric Vergne last season with Toro Rosso

It is not yet clear if Red Bull will throw Vergne a Buemi-like lifeline and offer him another Formula 1 role for 2015.

Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost said only in Monday’s statement that he hopes Vergne can show “he still deserves another opportunity in Formula 1″.

Vergne told his more than 140,000 Twitter that he intends to do just that.

“Toro Rosso is a good school. I learnt a lot,” he said. “Now I’m focussed on a great end of the season. I’m already working for 2015. Still a lot to show in Formula 1.” (GMM)