Jean-Eric Vergne believes Gene Haas F1 list is down to 3 names; hopes he’s one of them

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Even though team owner Gene Haas said the number of potential drivers on the list for his new two-driver/car Formula One team is five, Ferrari test driver Jean-Eric Vergne told Motorsport.com that he believes the real number is three – and believes he could be on that short list.

That, despite the fact Vergne is already signed to run in the upcoming season for DS Virgin in the Formula E Series.

Vergne, 25, believes his main competition for the two seats on Haas’ F1 team are fellow Ferrari reserve Esteban Gutierrez, and Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg, who is believed to be at the top of Haas’ wish list.

“There are three of us, for two seats,” Vergne toldMotorsport.com. “Let’s say there is a rather good chance for me to end up with Haas.

“Then, as far as Formula E is concerned, that’s too early to talk about it. If F1 comes, there will be two clashes. It’s way too early to say how that will go. I hope to have that kind of problem to sort out, that would be a good one to have.

“But today, I am focused on Formula E, and very much as well on my work with Ferrari, which of course pays off to land in the Haas team.”

The French native believes his affiliation with Ferrari and his former ties with Toro Rosso put him high on Haas’ list – even though the team owner has not indicated who is a favorite at this point.

“I think this is an advantage,” he said. “Also, because I have worked with a very big team at Red Bull, at a time they were winning absolutely everything. I was a reserve driver and a simulator driver. I learned a huge lot with them.

“Then came three years with Toro Rosso, where I proved a lot behind the steering wheel. I can’t ignore my performances compared to [Daniel] Ricciardo: I beat him in year one. Year two, it was really tight, and today he wins Grands Prix.

“At Ferrari, I keep learning about a new philosophy, in the biggest team of all time. That’s a new work philosophy and I keep on learning a lot about the car’s technicalities.

“Of course, that plays an important role when it comes to Haas. Getting out of the F1 grid but staying in such a team as Ferrari and working all weekends on the simulator – knowing all the set-up changes, everything that goes on and following it first hand from the factory … plus I’m racing [in Formula E] – that sure doesn’t take anything away.”

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Dean Wilson out for rest of Supercross season

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“Such a massive gut punch on Saturday,” Dean Wilson wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. “Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye.”

With that post, Wilson announced that he will be out for the remainder of the Supercross season, which includes races at East Rutherford, N.J. and Las Vegas, Nev. An MRI earlier in the week revealed a shoulder injury. He also sustained damage to his kidney in a Lap 8 accident while he was running in the top 10.

Wilson’s injuries will not require surgery.

Wilson’s season began with a lot of promise. Earning the holeshot in the season-opening race at Anaheim, Wilson led for a time before narrowly missing the podium in fourth.

Two weeks later, Wilson finished fifth overall in the Triple Crown event of Anaheim II. Those are his only top-fives of the season.

“The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year,” Wilson continued.

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Such a massive gut punch on Saturday. Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye. Started off Denver topping free practice then went on to qualify P1 in qualifier 1. Qualifier 2 didn’t get the cleanest laps but ended with a 4th. On to the main event I was running around 7th on lap 7 moving forward and as I came around for the rhythm section I tripled in and something freak happened causing the bike to nose dive after I tripled in and pile driving me into the ground. The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year. It’s tough just hoping to have a ride each year. 2nd part is people saying “wilson’s hurt again, big surprise there” when it was something that wasn’t my fault. It’s a tough pill To swallow.. I injured my shoulder and got a contusion on my kidneys. Got MRI and good news is I dodged a bullet on my shoulder and I am just going to give it a few weeks of rest and therapy and see where we are at. Huge disappointment to end my SX season like this. Thanks to my whole team for everything and everybody checking in on me. I really appreciate it. I will be back.

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Next Race: East Rutherford April. 27, on NBCSN and on NBC Sports Gold

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