Starting from pole position in his home town, Jean-Éric Vergne led the race all the way to victory in the ABB FIA Formula E Paris E-Prix after an incredible drive.
Team-mate André Lotterer had another good qualifying session and joined the Frenchman in the Super Pole group for the second time in his Formula E career and started the race from P3. Unfortunately, an energy calculation put an end to what looked like a second 1-2 finish for TECHEETAH Formula-E.
“I know we’ve said it before, but what a stellar drive from Jean-Éric today. To start the race on Pole position, and then go on and drive an immaculate race to the win, in your home town, that’s truly remarkable.
“André once again showed that he’s now up with the front runners in terms of pace and it was extremely close that we scored the championship’s second ever 1-2. It’s unfortunate that he ran out of battery in the final turns, but it’s part of the game and Formula E truly is a chess game at its best.
“We leave Paris with another 36 points, giving us a 55 championship points lead for the team as we head into the next round in Berlin, and Jean-Éric extends his lead with 31 points.
“For our small customer team to continue to do so well is thanks to all the hours of hard work that our team has put in. Everyone keeps going above and beyond and I’m so proud and thankful for everyone’s efforts. What a team we have,” said Mark Preston, Team Principal.
“What an incredible weekend. To get through to Super Pole and be on Pole Position for the start of the race was an amazing feat. Winning my home race here in Paris is one of the most incredible feelings I have ever experienced.
“This victory was the best of my career, the car and the team were perfect all weekend long. We were fighting so hard on the circuit for the first half of the race before the pit stops. The pressure was really on for the team when we made the stop, but everything was perfect, from start to finish. Thank you to the team and to the fans who came to support me at home.
“I am really happy with the job we did and rest assured, we will continue to work just as hard for the rest of the season,” added Jean-Éric Vergne.
“It was so close to our second 1-2 today in Paris. We knew that we were going to have to take a bit of risk with such a tight track, so we did. We fought hard until the very end but ran out of energy only four turns ahead of the finish line. It was so marginal, I hit the limit just before T10 and my next regen spot, if I would have hit the regen just a little bit before, it would have allowed me to go through T12 and I would have made the race and get that second place.
“It’s the first time that this has happened to me, and it’s another learning experience to take on board. It was unfortunate that I had contact with Sam at the last moment when I ran out, I tried to get out of the way but as he came with such a speed difference, it just wasn’t possible. I thought he was going to the outside line, so I went for the inside. I’ve had the same situation happen to me in the past, but reversed, in the first race of the season and its part of Formula E and it happens.
“It’s a shame for the whole team as those extra points would have been good, but we still come away with 36 points for the team and the championship lead heading into the next race in Berlin, my home race,” concluded André Lotterer.