Former Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver Jean-Eric Vergne was announced as Ferrari’s new F1 simulator driver on Friday, but tells RACER it will not stand in the way of any Verizon IndyCar Series opportunities that may arise.
“I’m still working on some things right now, but they aren’t done,” he said. “I’m doing the simulator work, but I will have some opportunities to race. There’s nothing more I can say. Things are looking good.”
JEV made a big impression on the Andretti Autosport Formula E team during his debut in Uruguay last weekend after earning pole position and coming close to winning the race, and says their relationship could expand beyond the one-off street race in Punta del Este.
“It was good that Michael Andretti and the team could see what I could do in a short time in a new car. It was quite important,” he noted. “The car was a bit strange; it’s not a Formula 1 car, but it’s quite fun to drive and the quality of drivers is very good.”
The 24-year-old Frenchman stood in for countryman Franck Montagny in Uruguay, and based on the wrecking ball approach “Franck the Tank” used during the two opening rounds of the Formula E championship, JEV’s speed and calamity-free approach could have him back in the car for future rounds.
“Probably – we’re working on it,” he added. “It’s good and the series is very interesting.”