Hong Kong – 3 December 2017
Jean-Eric Vergne continued his point scoring streak in the all-electric street racing series second round in central Hong Kong today, rounding up the weekend with a pole position, P2 in Round 1 and P4 in Round 2. The Frenchman is now second in the driver standings and the team in third position in the championship.
Starting the race from seventh position, Vergne was caught in a sandwich between Alex Lynn and Sam Bird for a large stint of the race but managed to come through to finish 4th.
Both TECHEETAH drivers had solid car changes, leaving the garages on the zero. André Lotterer came out of the pits chasing Sebastien Buemi, and defending from Nelson Piquet Jr. Fighting to the very end, Piquet stopped on track just after the finish line causing Lotterer to hit the wall in an attempt to avoid the Brazilian. Causing damage to his car, the team will now have a late night repairing the No 18 car ahead of the Marrakech E-Prix, as the cars will be travelling directly to the race, in accord with the sustainable ethos of the championship.
“Jean-Eric fought his heart out to work his way up the grid and to stay ahead of Bird who was on the chase. It was a pleasure watching him on the hunt for Lynn ahead of him, and to see him finish 4th. The championship is all about collecting points, as Formula E history can attest, so we are extremely happy with a 4th today as it leaves us 3rd in the championship and Jean-Eric in 2nd position in the driver standings.
“Now we go back home and crunch the numbers to see where we can find a bit of more performance for Marrakech. There’s more pace to be found and the engineers will be working hard ahead of the next race. But before we go racing next, the whole team will have a well-deserved Christmas and New Year’s break,” said Team Principal, Mark Preston.
“Today was really difficult, we had a technical issue in the first car which meant that we didn’t have the pace we should have had. We will be working on that to make sure we come ready to race in Marrakech.
“But I am also really happy to be second in the driver championship and for the team to be third after the two first rounds of Season Four. There is still more performance to be unlocked in the car and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do for the rest of the season,” added Jean-Eric.
“What a baptism of fire. Starting from scratch in a new series is never easy, but I’ve never experienced anything like Formula E before. The close racing is unbelievable, as you try to overtake, you’ve got someone lurking behind to take you on. I’ve learnt tons over the weekend and it feels really good to have a full race weekend under my belt.
“In terms of development, there’s a lot to find. I need to qualify better, yesterday was a good start to grid in P12, but today I just couldn’t get it together in the third sector. I’ve kept good pace throughout the weekend and I’ve hit all the energy targets so that is positive.
“Unfortunately, Nelson must have run out of battery as we crossed the line, as all of a sudden, he stopped in front of me and I had to get out of the racing line to avoid him. With the dirty track, there was no chance to recover and I went straight into the wall. I’m ok but the car is in a pretty bad shape and we are looking into how much damage the crash has caused,” concluded André.
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