Jean Eric Vergne
The Formula E grid is reshuffling for next season, with former F1 champ Jacques Villeneuve signing on with Venturi and Jean-Eric Vergne, Jaime Alguersuari, and Nick Heidfeld switching teams.
The inaugural FIA Formula E Championship is now getting up to speed. After the opening round in Beijing, followed by a two-month break and the second round in Malaysia, the electrified circus set sail for Uruguay for the Punta del Este ePrix on the Atlantic coast.
With few notable exceptions, racing drivers don't tend to last very long in Formula One, but lately it seems that Formula E is the top choice for many grand prix veterans. And now the electric racing series can count one more as Jean-Eric Vergne has signed on.
After Ferrari confirmed its signing of Sebastian Vettel and with McLaren set to announce its lineup any day now, Scuderia Toro Rosso is one of the last teams with a seat open for the 2015 Formula One World Championship. But now, even the answer to that question is coming into focus, as the team's longtime driver Jean-Éric Vergne has confirmed he's leaving.
To paraphrase Guy Fawkes V for Vendetta, 'Remember, remember the twenty-first of September.' That's the day the 2014 Formula One Championship took another big turn – and at one of the year's least interesting races, traditionally – putting Lewis Hamilton back at the top of the standings. Not only that, it did so by borrowing the template from the British Grand Prix this year: put Hamilton in front, retire Nico Rosberg.
Many eyebrows were raised when Red Bull jumped from sponsoring existing F1 teams to buying its own 2005, but then the energy-drink giant surprised the pundits again by buying an unprecedented second team in 2006. So why'd they do it? To give the aspiring talents, which the outfit nurtures through its extensive young driver development program, a leg up into the pinnacle of motorsport.
Formula 1 racing fans should be well familiar with the Red Bull Junior Team by now. Created just ten years ago, the names that have passed through it include Christian Klien, Scott Speed, Sebastien Buemi, Jaime Alguersuari, and Vitantonio Liuzzi. Klien was the first alumnus to get to F1, three years after the program began, and Sebastian Vettel was the first graduate to win a Grand Prix, in 2008, and the F1 title, last year.