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Tech 1 makes driver change

Jean-Eric Vergne replaces Brendon Hartley When the Formula Renault 3.5 Series gets under way again in September on the Hockenheim circuit in Germany, Jean-Eric Vergen will replace Brendon Hartley in the Tech 1 Racing driver line-up. He will...

Jean-Eric Vergne replaces Brendon Hartley

When the Formula Renault 3.5 Series gets under way again in September on the Hockenheim circuit in Germany, Jean-Eric Vergen will replace Brendon Hartley in the Tech 1 Racing driver line-up. He will join the Toulouse-based squad for the final sprint, as Simon Abadie's team is determined to conquer both the drivers', with Daniel Ricciardo, and the teams' titles.

In the wake of the Red Bull Junior Team's decision to drop Brendon Hartley, 20-year-old Jean-Eric Vergne will take the place of the New Zealander in the no. 7 Tech 1 Racing single-seater. The Frenchman, who currently leads the British F3 Championship, will also race in the last three rounds of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series at Hockenheim, Silverstone and Barcelona.

"We're very sorry for Brendon Hartley," said Simon Abadie, the Tech 1 Racing team manager. "He's an excellent driver and a great bloke with whom we had a very good relationship. He's got great qualities and a lot of talent, and the whole team really enjoyed working with him for almost two seasons. We'd like to wish him all the best for the next steps in his career and we hope he'll be able to bounce back. We understand and respect the Red Bull Junior Team's decision.

"We're delighted to welcome Jean-Eric Vergne to our team and we hope he'll also be with us in 2011. He's doing a great job in the British F3 Championship, and he could win the title before the restart of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series. That's his number one objective, and Jean-Eric should be the British F3 Champion this season.

"He knows what he has to do with Tech 1 Racing in the FR 3.5 Series. He's no stranger to the car as he drove it in winter testing; he knows the team as we ran him in the GP3 Series. He joined us at short notice and adapted very well to a car which he sat in for the first time. So we're happy and confident. With Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Verge we've got what it takes to win both titles: the teams' in which we have a 25-point lead, and the drivers' in which Ricciardo has to close the 11-point gap to the leader."

So rendezvous in Germany at Hockenheim on 4-5 September for the third-last round of the 2010 World Series by Renault. An end to the season that will be as thrilling as it will be crucial for Tech 1 Racing!

-source: tech 1

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