Former Toro Rosso driver Jean-Eric Vergne will be joining Ferrari as a development driver in 2015. He will replace Pedro de la Rosa, who is leaving the team at the end of 2014.
During the 2014 season with Toro Rosso, Vergne finished as high as sixth in the Singapore Grand Prix but will be replaced in 2015 by the duo of Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz, Jr. Vergne also competed in the Punta del Este ePrix with Andretti Autosport, taking pole position and doing well throughout the race, running as high as second until lap 30, when he slowed to a stop due to mechanical issues.
At Ferrari, Vergne will join Marc Gene and Davide Rigon as test drivers. Vergne will primarily be working in the simulator for the team, taking over de la Rosa’s position with the team. Vergne will round out the line-up of drivers at Ferrari for the 2015 season, joining Gene, Rigon, third driver Esteban Gutiérrez, and drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel.