Jean-Eric Vergne has confirmed that he will leave Toro Rosso at the end of the season.
The Frenchman, who debuted for the team in 2012, confirmed the news via Twitter on Wednesday afternoon.
He effectively lost his drive for 2015 as early as the Belgian Grand Prix, after Toro Rosso confirmed it had signed Max Verstappen, but Daniil Kvyat’s promotion to the senior Red Bull squad to replace the outgoing Sebastian Vettel opened up a seat at the Italian team.
Despite this, Vergne confirmed on Wednesday that his time with Toro Rosso was over.
“Despite a good season and 22 points, I’ll not drive any more for Toro Rosso in 2015,” Vergne wrote. “Thanks for those years. Let’s go for another big challenge.”
Vergne’s announcement leaves Formula Renault 3.5 champion Carlos Sainz Jr. as the most likely candidate to partner Verstappen at Toro Rosso next season.
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