Two and a half seasons into his Formula 1 grooming by Red Bull, the energy drink has given 24-year-old Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne his notice.
Not long ago, Vergne was the beneficiary of the severity of Dr. Helmut Marko's decisions when Toro Rosso ousted Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari -- the latter just two years after making his F1 debut as a teenager.
"F1 can be cruel," former McLaren driver John Watson told the Mirror this week, "as it was to Vergne and Alguersuari."
|Red Bull is cutting Jean-Eric Vergne's wings (Photo: WRI2)|
It is not yet clear if Red Bull will throw Vergne a Buemi-like lifeline and offer him another F1 role for 2015.
Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost said only in Monday's statement that he hopes Vergne can show "he still deserves another opportunity in Formula 1".