Former F1 driver Sebastien Bourdais is convinced Jean-Eric Vergne will flourish in another environment having lost his F1 drive with Scuderia Toro Rosso for 2015.

The Frenchman exited the team after being passed over for the available Red Bull Racing drive alongside Daniel Ricciardo, instead opting for a testing role with Ferrari alongside Esteban Gutierrez.

Indeed, though he has since dabbled in Formula E and is tipped to be chasing an IndyCar Series seat, Vergne's immediate racing future remains unclear.

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It is a situation that resonates with countryman Bourdais, who competed with Toro Rosso in 2008 and part of 2009 before he was dropped mid-season and replaced by Jaime Alguersuari.

Nonetheless, having gone on to taste success in sportscars and returned to the American open-wheel racing scene, Bourdais is convinced Vergne still has a strong future ahead of him.

"I think Jean has done some very promising things but unfortunately Toro Rosso is a team that is dedicated to growing drivers and not to keep the same line-up time and time again," he told

"Jean-Eric has done very well and perhaps deserved a better chance to keep showing things, but there are only so many opportunities in F1 and sometimes it goes your way and sometimes it doesn't. I am sure he will have other opportunities to show his talent, he has got a chance in IndyCar to do it."

Reflecting on his own situation, though Bourdais maintains that he didn't appreciate the way he was dropped, he doesn't believe it was an unfair outcome.

"Was I treated unfairly? No, the only thing that was not right was the way it was handled. Other than that, it was just not working out and they didn't want to continue with me so that best thing was to fire me."