F1: Vergne uses Twitter to confirm that he’s lost Toro Rosso ride

Jean-Eric Vergne of Toro Rosso and France seen during practice ahead of the 2014 Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit on Nov. 21, 2014.

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Jean-Eric Vergne used Twitter to reveal that he won’t be driving for Scuderia Toro Rosso in 2015.

The Frenchman Tweeted:

Red Bull’s Helmut Marko told FOXSports.com in Abu Dhabi that an announcement would come next week, so clearly Vergne has decided to or been allowed to pre-empt that.

Confirmation of his departure obviously leaves the door open for Carlos Sainz Jr., who drove for Red Bull in Abu Dhabi during testing on Tuesday.

GP3 champion Alex Lynn, who tested for Lotus on Wednesday, could be the logical choice as third driver for STR/RBR.