New York City, Jul.18th, 2017 Both Jean-Eric Vergne and Stephane Sarrazin put on a great show around the tight streets of Brooklyn. Involving in multiple overtaking manoeuvres, the fighting spirit from the drivers and the seamless work from the team produced a double-podium finish, the best ever in the team’s first season.
Started from P3 on the grid, Jean-Eric Vergne was managing energy in the early part of the race. At one point he dropped to P5. But his advantage in energy gave him lots of flexibility in the latter part of the first stint. After making some great overtakes, Vergne came back to P2 before the pit stop. In the second stint, the TECHEETAH driver was again on saving mode which gave him a slight advantage on energy to the leader. However the safety car equalised the consumption difference. Jean-Eric Vergne, after a hard-fought battle, had to settle for P2.
Started from P11 on the grid, Stephane Sarrazin made a brilliant start to gain three positions. He then picked off opponents one after another, providing thrilling entertainment to the crowd. His race pace was very strong considering he started from P11. After the safety car, Stephane was in P4 place challenging Daniel Abt for a podium finish. The reliability problem from the Audi driver gave Stephane the second podium of his Formula E career.
“Very proud to achieve the first double-podium finish in our history. JEV ran a perfect race today and was just robbed off a chance for his first win. Stephane proved what we saw through the data in Berlin. He had great race pace and was able to cut through the field. We also want to thank Renault for providing us such an amazing powertrain. Having both drivers on the podium really proved the competitiveness of the car. We consolidated P5 in the team standings and will continue to push towards the end of the season.”
“It was great to get my third second-place finish of the season. But I am really hungry for the win now. The team helped me immensely on race management so I was always up on energy to the drivers around me. The track surprisingly provided some overtaking opportunities so I had a really exciting race today. But the safety car at the end was disappointing to me because I was gearing up to have a good fight with my ex-teammate. I am really pleased to see my teammate Stephane also on the podium. We are a strong team and will only get stronger.”
“So happy to fight at the front again! I was always confident in the race because I knew I had the pace. I want to thank my engineer Hobson Campbell. He was coaching me step by step in the race on energy management. I felt like I had a co-driver. We will dig deep tonight and have another go tomorrow. Jean-Eric and me both on the podium proved the competitiveness of the Renault powertrain. I will work hard on my qualifying lap to have a better grid position tomorrow.”
The team now sits 5th in the Team Standings with 90 points. Round 10 of the FIA Formula E Championship will continue to take place in Brooklyn, New York City on Sunday, Jul 16 2017.