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Toro Rosso to field Vergne on Friday in Korea 12 Oct 2011

Jean Eric Vergne (FRA) Carlin. British Formula Three Media Day, Silverstone, England, 24 March 2010. Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR5. Formula One Young Driver Test, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Wednesday 17 November 2010.

2011 World Series by Renault runner-up Jean-Eric Vergne will be in action for Toro Rosso this weekend in Korea. Vergne, who drove for the Italian team at last year’s out-of-season young-driver test in Abu Dhabi, will take to the track in Jaime Alguersuari’s STR06 for Friday’s opening practice session.

Although the Frenchman will not put in an appearance in India later this month, he will be back in the Toro Rosso for Friday sessions in Abu Dhabi and Brazil.

“Jaime sits out the session because the last time a driver was replaced on Friday morning, it was Sebastien Buemi who gave up his seat to Daniel Ricciardo,” explained the team in a statement. “Vergne will not drive at the Indian Grand Prix, because this is a new circuit and therefore both our race drivers will be given the maximum amount of track time.

“He will return in Abu Dhabi, replacing Buemi. At the final round of the season in Brazil, whichever of the Toro Rosso drivers has the least points will give up his seat to Vergne for FP1.”

The 21 year-old, who is a product of Red Bull’s young driver programme, won the 2010 British Formula Three championship after taking 13 wins and 20 pole positions. He made the step up from karts to single-seaters in 2007 and in 2009 finished runner-up in the European Formula Renault 2.0 series.

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