Vergne enthusiastic for potential Paris Formula E race

Formula 1 refugee Jean-Eric Vergne is relishing the prospect of a Formula E race on the streets of Paris in 2016.

The French capital is mooted to be the first European venue for season two of the Formula E championship, which starts this autumn.

Former Toro Rosso driver Vergne, racing for the Andretti Formula E Team this year, says it would be a "dream" for him to race in front of his home fans.

“If Formula E goes to Paris it would be amazing and massive, the Frenchman told Motorsport.com.

“For whatever reason, over the last five or 10 years we have not been able to host a Formula One Grand Prix. So to have a race with such a youthful championship like Formula E would be fantastic.

“It would be a dream for the fans to see race cars on the streets of Paris and it will also bring a lot of new fans to the sport too.

"Even if I were to get back in F1, I would do everything I could to race on the streets of Paris and take part in this race.”

Ferrari test unlikely

Vergne also spoke about his development work for the Ferrari F1 team, saying that he is "loving it" but also conceding that a competitive test outing with the Maranello outfit is unlikely.

“There is an amazing atmosphere and I am so happy to enter into the Ferrari world just when they are going back to where they belong," enthused the 25-year-old.

"To be just a small part of Ferrari feels amazing and I am really enjoying working with the team in the simulator and behind the scenes.

“It is important for me to keep up to date with the new technology and to speak closely with the engineers, and also the drivers of course. 

“Obviously, testing is limited, but it would be nice. We will have to wait and see but I am ready if that opportunity comes along.”

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