Vergne set to practice for Toro Rosso

By on Friday, August 26, 2011

Red Bull protege Jean-Eric Vergne is set to be given a chance in Formula 1 by feeder team Toro Rosso, reports BBC Sport

The Frenchman, 21, is expected to run in first practice sessions once he finishes his campaign in the Renault World Series.

The season finishes at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya on 9 October.

Race drivers Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi will alternate in making way for him at Toro Rosso.

Red Bull are trying to establish which of their young drivers should replace Mark Webber, whether it be for 2012 or later. Many within the team do not feel that current drivers Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi are strong enough to fight for championships, as is expected at Red Bull. Thus with Daniel Ricciardo loaned out to HRT, they are establishing his qualities.

When asked about his future, Webber remained unconvincing: "We'll let you know shortly," he said. "Things are going the right way." When pressed further on the chance of remaining, Webber replied, "Pretty good. 50-50."

Vergne currently sits behind Virgin's test driver Robert Wickens in the World Series by Renault championship. Vergne may run in the young driver test in Abu Dhabi in November, with a view to joining the team in a race role next season. He will, however, face opposition from Buemi, Alguersuari and Ricciardo.

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