Sainz faces battle to avoid JEV syndrome

Being a part of the Red Bull driver programme is seen by many as the holy grail for young single-seater stars of the future. While the guidance of Dr Helmut Marko has proved crucial to both Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo, Marko’s School of Hard Knocks has ended many F1 careers prematurely. Daniil Kvyat’s recent demotion from Red Bull to Toro Rosso could eventually see the Russian added to the list of drivers axed from the programme at the final hurdle.

One element of the Verstappen and Kvyat seat switch which has been missed by many is the indirect effect it could have on Carlos Sainz Jr’s career. The Spaniard has been overlooked by the senior team on this occasion and as Jean Eric Vergne will testify, that doesn’t bode well.


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Vergne Targets 2016 Ferrari Seat

Jean Eric Vergne’s time in F1 is a perfect testament to the fine margins by which career’s in the sport are defined. Despite matching Daniel Ricciardo for the majority of their partnership at Toro Rosso, it was the Aussie received a ticket to graduation while Vergne was left to fight off the next young talent – a fight which Red Bull decided he had lost. Now racing in Formula E and with a role as Development Driver at Ferrari, JEV has not given up on his F1 career just yet and is eyeing a possible return to the grid in 2016, behind the wheel of a Ferrari no-less.