The TECHEETAH Formula E Team continued its impressive run of form in its debut season, claiming another points finish and its eighth SuperPole appearance in Round 10 of the 2016/17 FIA Formula E Championship.
Following on from a double-podium finish in yesterday’s race, the team started the day in the same vein of form, with Jean-Eric Vergne securing another SuperPole for himself and the team, and taking P3 on the grid in the process. His teammate, Stéphane Sarrazin secured P12 in qualifying.
Despite a strong start, Vergne’s race was scuppered by a black and orange flag early on, requiring him to pit to repair damage inflicted by a Venturi at the first corner. Yet, by the time of the car swaps, both drivers were running in the points.
A poorly-timed Full Course Yellow and a software glitch cost the team its chances of finishing on the podium, resulting in the TECHEETAH cars rejoining the track in P15 and P16. Fighting through a frantic second half of the race, Vergne stayed calm to bring his car home in P8, with Sarrazin finishing in P12.
The result consolidates TECHEETAH’s position of P5 in the Team Standings.
Mark Preston, TECHEETAH Team Principal, commented: “Sadly today is a case of what could have been for the team, despite scoring another points finish.”
“Once again we showed the inherent pace in our cars and looked good for another podium finish before the car swaps. A technical glitch in our strategy software on Steph’s side of the garage meant we lost out during the car swaps, but JEV put in a great drive to bring home some valuable points. We’ll be looking into what caused the software issues and will ensure this is rectified for Montreal.”
Jean-Eric Vergne, commented: “I’m very frustrated as we had a car capable of winning today and we were the fastest out on track. I was given a black and orange flag for damaged bodywork, but at least three drivers completed the race without penalty yesterday.”
“I made a lot of places today, which was nice, but the win was absolutely possible and we have made a big step forward on the car, so to have my race ruined by other guys who hit you is not fair.”
Stéphane Sarrazin, commented: “My car was very fast and we deserved a better result today. My pace was good and we made a lot of places during the race while other guys were crashing around us.”
TECHEETAH is currently fifth in the FIA Formula E Team Standings after 10 rounds. The Chinese team is competing in its debut season in the all-electric championship.