The TECHEETAH Formula E Team recorded its second double-podium in as many weekends, driving through the chaos of title showdown to take P2 and P3 in the inaugural Montreal ePrix.
The team started the day as it meant to go on, with both drivers running well in the Free Practice sessions, claiming P2 for Jean-Eric Vergne and P4 for Stéphane Sarrazin in the second session. The exceptional form continued into Qualifying, with Sarrazin claiming a stunning P2 overall and the team’s ninth Superpole appearance of the season, while his teammate Vergne took P5 after penalties were assigned to competitors.
After a frenetic start, both TECHEETAH drivers repeatedly competed with one another for the honour of fastest lap in the early stages of the race. With a frantic title decider shaking out around them, both drivers kept cool and came out of the car swaps in P2 and P3.
Vergne pushed hard to challenge for the lead in the closing stages, while Sarrazin saw off late contact from the Championship leader, Buemi, to deliver another double-podium for the team in the penultimate round of the season.
Mark Preston, Team Principal of TECHEETAH, commented: “We’ve run at the front all weekend and once again shown the inherent pace in our car. This is a challenging track that is pushing both the drivers and the technology to the limit, but both our boys have delivered once again. This is another great result for the team in our debut season.”
Jean-Eric Vergne, commented: “It was a fantastic race and a huge thank you to all the fans who have come out to see us race – I could see so many of you when we were behind the safety car. The car was just perfect and I was able to push hard. I was catching Lucas for the lead before the safety car, but nevertheless finishing second after where we started shows that we are getting stronger and stronger, and are in a great place for next season.”
Stéphane Sarrazin, commented: “We were really on the pace all day, especially in qualifying. We had good pace in the race again today, although the safety car killed the race a little for me, but I feel really confident in this car.”
“There was a lot of pressure from Buemi on the final lap but I saw him coming. He braked really late and touched me a bit. I had to defend and gave my best for the team, and I am really happy to be on the podium with JEV again, and we’ll see what we can do again tomorrow.”
The TECHEETAH team has consolidated fifth position in the Team Standings in its debut season.