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Vergne targets 2015 after ‘cruel’ career blow

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Jean-Eric Vergne insists he is not giving up on formula one.

Two and a half seasons into his F1 grooming by Red Bull, the energy drink company’s famously-harsh driver programme – led by the gruff Dr 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 F1 debut as a teenager.

“F1 can be cruel,” former McLaren driver John Watson told the Mirror this week, “as it was to Vergne and Alguersuari.”

It is not yet clear if Red Bull will throw Vergne a Buemi-like lifeline and offer him another F1 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 one”.

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 F1.” (GMM)

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  • KevinW

    The clown who wrote this re-cycled story knows nothing about the technology. It is not paint, it is thermal wrap around the headers. This is something that any hot rodder playing with Turbo Subarus and Toyota Supras, or anything else on 4 or 2 wheels, could have told them in 1990. The photo of the Marussia headers show clearly the wrap material, which is usually made from silica yarn or some other material of similar heat tolerance. While there are thermal ceramic coatings that will yield similar results that have the same general capability – also used by hot rodders for decades now – the header images of the Marussia parts clearly show a header wrap material with band clamps and all. One has to wonder why the media surrounding F1 employs such novices in the basic technologies being employed. In a sport now entangled in its own technically complex panties, having kids reporting on details in the sport isn’t going to cut it anymore. Just more of the editorial regrinding era we find ourselves in.