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Jean-Eric Vergne’s role with Ferrari set to change in 2016

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BUENOS AIRES – Jean-Eric Vergne has revealed that his role with Ferrari is set to change for the 2016 season, with an announcement due shortly.

Vergne joined Ferrari as a test and development driver for 2015 after spending three years in Formula 1 racing for Scuderia Toro Rosso.

The Frenchman balanced his role with a drive in Formula E, where he continues to race with DS Virgin Racing and will take part in this weekend’s Buenos Aires ePrix.

Speaking to MotorSportsTalk in Buenos Aires, Vergne was coy when asked about his role with Ferrari for 2016, but confirmed that it would change.

“Yeah, things will change a little bit. It’ll be announced quite soon,” Vergne said.

When pressed if this could see him fill the role vacated by Esteban Gutierrez at the team after his move to Haas, Vergne said: “We’ll see. Maybe.”

Looking ahead to this weekend’s Formula E race in Buenos Aires, Vergne admitted that he does not have high hopes due to the extra weight that the DS Virgin car is carrying.

“We are too heavy and we cannot get any lighter so we’re going to have a big extra weight for the rest of the season,” Vergne said.

“But nevertheless we’re going to make our maximum and we’re going to make some steps forwards because the guys in the team are extremely good, working really hard.

“We’re going to make our best and we’ll make some steps forward to try and fight the guys that win in FE all the time.”

Keating stripped of Le Mans GTE-Am win; No. 68 Ganassi entry also disqualified

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FIA stewards announced Monday that two Ford GT entries have been disqualified from this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, including the GTE-Am class-winning No. 85 entry from privateer Keating Motorsports.

Also DQ’d was the factory No. 68 Chip Ganassi Racing entry of Joey Hand, Dirk Mueller and Sebastien Bourdais, which initially finished fourth in the GTE-Pro class.

Both entries were found in violation of fuel capacity regulations, with the No. 85 entry also failing to meet the minimum refueling time during pit stops.

The refueling system on the No. 85 entry, driven by Ben Keating, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Felipe Fraga, measured a time of 44.4 seconds during a stop, just shy of the minimum required time of 45 seconds.

As a result, the team was initially issued a 55.2-second post-race penalty by officials, which elevated the No. 56 Team Project 1 Porsche 911 RSR of Joerg Bergmeister, Patrick Lindsey, and Egidio Perfetti to the class win.

The time penalty was calculated by the difference in the refueling time (0.6 seconds) multiplied by the amount of pit stops made by the team (23), then multiplied by four.

The No. 85 entry was set to finish second in class, but then received an outright DQ after its fuel capacity was also revealed to be 0.1 liters above the maximum permitted capacity of 96 liters.

As for Ganassi’s No. 68 entry, it was found to have a fuel capacity of 97.83 liters, which is above the maximum allowed capacity of 97 liters for the GTE-Pro Fords.

The No. 67 Ford of Andy Priaulx, Harry Tincknell, and Jonathan Bomarito subsequently moves up to fourth, and the No. 69 Ford of Scott Dixon, Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook moves up to fifth.

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