TECHEETAH Formula-E nailed a historic first, second podium place after one of the most exciting races of Season Four. The significant moment saw TECHEETAH Formula-E become the first team to secure the two top steps of the podium in Formula-E history. It’s the teams’ third double-podium. Both the team and Jean-Éric take the championship lead of the ABB FIA Formula-E Season Four.
Jean-Éric now leads the drivers’ standings at 71 points, five points ahead of Sam Bird and TECHEEAH leads the teams’ standings on 89 points, two points ahead of
TECHEETAH’s drivers both pulled off two astonishing qualifying laps. André Lotterer who has continued to develop rapidly since his championship debut at the Hong Kong E-Prix in December, topped the list ahead of super pole. A small mistake saw him drop back to third, whilst team-mate Jean-Éric Vergne came to secure the pole position for the Santiago E-Prix. It was Jean-Éric’s second pole position of Season Four and his sixth Formula-E pole position.
Santiago saw one of the most exciting Formula-E races to date. The TECHEETAH cars lined up in pole and third position on the grid but it did not take long for André to show his race craft to pass Nelson Piquet Jr and move into second, where he safely remained until the checkered flag.
“What a race! With seven laps to go, the team lost both radio communication and visuals which made both our drivers’ performance today even more impressive, as they drove their cars blind in the final laps. During which time, we had a hair-raising moment when André’s car kissed the back of Jean-Éric’s car, without us being able to see it,” said Mark Preston, Team Principal.
“It was really good to see André being able to show off what we have always known he was capable of and to see Jean-Éric back on the top step of the podium. We have two extremely competitive and skilled drivers that today proved they have what it takes to run at the top. It’s really second to none to be championship leaders as the championship’s only customer team, four rounds into Season Four and I’m incredibly pleased with the continuous high performance of the team. Tonight, we will celebrate but it’s still a long way to go and anything can happen in Formula-E,” he added.
“It’s fantastic to secure my second Formula-E win and my sixth pole position. I qualified on pole and I won the race, it can’t get any better than that. I would like to thank the whole team for all the hard work and effort that they’ve put in. It’s really nice to see that a customer team can be up there fighting with the manufacturers in such a competitive series as Formula-E,” said Jean-Éric Vergne.
“The championship is all about collecting points and the win and second positions
today has definitely continued to push us in the right direction. I’d also like to congratulate André on his first podium finish, we’ll both continue to push hard for the rest of the season. I’ve loved every moment of this race, the fans here are just incredible and I hope that we get to come back here next year and do it all again,” added Jean-Éric.
“Today was great! It was really good to have secured my first Formula-E podium and to be up there together with Jean-Éric as the race winner was a special moment for both me and the team. I’m really pleased with a second today. It’s still a long season to go and we’ll continue to work hard and take things race by race.
Racing on the streets of Santiago has been amazing, having full grandstands and the fans cheering their hearts out as we entered the grid was really special, ” concluded André Lotterer.