Jean- Eric Vergne
DS Virgin Racing
"I am delighted to be joining the team at such an exciting time. With the DS brand coming on board, I am looking forward to being aligned with a French, forward-thinking marque.”
After achieving pole position at his first race in Punta del Este in 2014, Jean-Eric Vergne made an immediate impression on the rest of the grid. A natural in the Spark-Renault SRT_01E, he accomplished a further two pole positions and numerous podium appearances, and helped Andretti to finish sixth in the final team standings. This season he signed with DS Virgin Racing to partner Sam Bird in an attempt to achieve what he couldn’t last year, his first win in Formula E.
Vergne started his career early as he drove at his father’s kart track in Cormeilles from the age of four. He enjoyed plenty of success in karting - he was the French junior champion in 2001, second in the European ICA Championship in 2005 and seventh in the World Karting Championship the following season.
In 2007, Vergne graduated to racing cars and clinched the French Formula Renault Campus title at the first attempt with six victories. He won the French Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup in 2008 and took four wins on his way to second in the European Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup the following season.
Vergne won the British Formula 3 Championship in 2010, becoming the first Frenchman to do so. He also made his debut in Formula Renault 3.5 where he took three podiums and one victory alongside his F3 campaign. At the end of the season he made his Formula 1 test debut with his future team Toro Rosso.
In 2011, he mounted a full-scale assault on the Formula Renault 3.5 Championship and ended the year as runner-up after five wins. In 2012, Vergne made his Formula 1 race debut for Toro Rosso scoring 16 points on his way to 17th in the standings. He improved to 15th in the championship in 2013 despite scoring 13 points.
In his final Formula 1 season with Toro Rosso, Vergne scored 22 points after being forced to retire from five races. He achieved an equal career high finishing sixth place at the Singapore Grand Prix and finished 13th in the drivers’ championship.
After leaving the Red Bull development programme, he was signed by Ferrari in 2015 as a test and development driver, alongside working in the simulator.