The latest 'victim' of former F1 champions Red Bull Racing's driver evaulation, Jean-Eric Vergne, will make his debut in the FIA Formula E Championship at the third round of the inaugural season this Saturday.
Vergne becomes the latest in the line of ex-F1 drivers to announce their participation in Formula E joining the likes of Karun Chandhok, Bruno Senna, Jaime Alguersuari, Sebastien Buemi, Takuma Sato, Nick Heidfeld among others.
Punta del Este in Uruguay is the venue for the third round of the Formula E calendar that concludes on June 27 next year. The addition of Vergne to the Formula E driver roster comes after the 24-year-old Frenchman spent three seasons with the 'junior' Red Bull team where in 2014 he handily outscored Daniil Kvyat, who will graduate to Red Bull Racing to partner Daniel Ricciardo.
Following the decision of the Red Bull Racing management to give Max Verstappen his race seat at Toro Rosso, Vergne was left with virtually no options in F1 and his fate was then sealed when Carlos Sainz Jr. was announced at the second Toro Rosso driver for the 2015 season
Vergne will partner compatriot Franck Montagny after taking the race seat that was given to Matthew Brabham in the most recent round of the Formula E championship at Putrajaya, Malaysia.