He was a young disappointed man, walking away with minus hope to stay in F1, after he was displaced end of 2014 with Carlos Sainz Jr and Max Verstappen at Toro Rosso, however, former Toro Rosso driver Jean-Eric Vergne never gave up his dreams and has continued to reach what was in his roster since childhood but in another category in motorsport.
Last month he obtained his first Formula E world championship and now we might see him back in F1 next year as Vergne was approached from a Formula 1 team regarding a race seat for the 2019 season. Vergne also confirmed he had been linked to a number of approaches from other non-F1 teams. The Frenchman told crash.net “It’s a possibility. It’s funny how the world of motorsport changes,”
“When you change your state of mind, when you change a little bit how you work, you see the results straight away. You see it in the results, and you see it in how people look at you and how they speak to you. When you start representing a brand what you are, it changes a lot of things.
“Three years ago, I don’t think anybody would have called me from F1 and said: ‘Hey, do you have a contract for next season?’ So it’s great.”
The youngest-ever French driver to race in Formula 1 is happy of what he has achieved and says he has no regrets about how his F1 career placed him out and very positive he would consider a return.
“In my mind, I’m happy where I am,” Vergne said. “I’m not bitter. I see my ex-teammate, Daniel, winning races. I was in Monaco and I was so happy for him when he won.
“I could be bitter, saying: ‘I was beating this guy, I was close to him, and now he’s winning and he’s got this contract and this future.’
“I’m not bitter at all. I’m very happy with what I have. I think things happen for a reason. Who knows where he’s going to be in 10 years and where I’m going to be in 10 years?
“So no, I’m not disappointed any more. I learned from my mistakes, I learned from the bad things that happened, and I’m actually thankful for what happened to me.
“But now, if a good opportunity comes in Formula 1, I would consider it.”
Vergne believes that the sports changes and its future, It's always possible to see unexpected teams to win.
“Because it is like this, maybe Formula 1 wants to change that a little bit,” Vergne said.
“That’s the good thing about Formula E. With our team, it’s like if Marussia would have won in Formula 1. It would be impossible in F1. But maybe that can change. Maybe some teams can raise their games and start fighting for wins again.
“It’s something that would interest me, to have another new, big challenge. This time, I think I have all the tools at my disposal to do a good job in F1.”
Jean-Eric Vergne has the unique distinction of being the only driver to race for three different Formula E teams.