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.”