Former-Toro Rosso driver Jean-Eric Vergne will join the Andretti Formula E for the series’ next round in Uruguay.
The 24-year-old will join Andretti regular Franck Montagny for the Punta del Este ePrix, replacing Matthew Brabham from the previous round at Malaysia.
Vergne lost his Toro Rosso race seat for 2015 when Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Jr were confirmed, and will be looking to impress in his first foray into electric Motorsport.
“It’s not often that you get to race at this time of the year,” said Vergne.
“I am really looking forward to this opportunity, especially given its location in a place like Punta del Este.
“Although I have no experience in this new series, I am excited about the prospect of racing in Formula E, and racing for such a prestigious team as Andretti.
“As always, the main objective of the weekend is to stay out front and finish the year on a high note. The weekend will be a little like a journey into the unknown, but it is a journey that I am thoroughly looking forward to!”
Team boss Michael Andretti is also keen to get Vergne in the car,
“He has great talent and we think he’ll pair well with our team for competitive results,” said Andretti.
“I also think having interest and participation from respected F1 drivers shows great strength and the true potential for Formula E as a series and World Championship.”
The Punta del Este takes place on December 13.
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