The inaugural Zurich E-Prix saw championship leaders TECHEETAH bring it home with both cars in the top 10.
André Lotterer pulled one out of the bag to deliver a stellar performance in the qualifying session to line up P2 on the front row of the grid. Team-mate and championship leader Jean-Éric Vergne had a less comfortable qualifying session and started the race in P17.
As the green flag fell at the first motorsport event in Switzerland in over sixty years, the full grandstands bore witness to a safe couple of laps before the hunt for the positions began from the TECHEETAH drivers.
Whilst André was battling it out at the front, Jean-Éric approached from the back and overtook seven drivers in the first nine laps. After an incident trigged a full course yellow, both TECHEETAH cars together with four other drivers got called into for a drive through penalty for speeding. But this didn’t stop the TECHEETAH drivers from getting back at it and continuing their prowl. Jean-Éric was a man on a mission and continued to overtake his opponents, showcasing an incredible race pace and race craft.
As the checkered flag fell, André crossed the line in P4 with an added point for the Fastest Lap, and Jean-Éric finished P10. The result takes the championship battles for the Team and Drivers Standings to the final two races in New York City next month.
TECHEETAH are currently leading the Team Standings by 33 points, with TECHEETAH driver Jean-Éric Vergne currently on 163 points and leading the Drivers standings by 23 points. André is currently 8th with 56 points.
“It was a mixed race for us today. Our drivers drove so well on the racetrack to gain and defend their positions. Jean-Éric had an incredible race pace today and managed to overtake over 10 cars in one race. Having started in P17 and finishing P10 after a costly mistake in the car swap and a drive-through penalty is really a testament to his incredible race craft.
“We move on to New York City now and we will make sure that the mistakes made today are experiences in which to better ourselves for future races,” said Mark Preston,
“I am gutted to be just off the podium here in Zurich. I was feeling very good in the car today and ended up fighting in some very tense battles for the win! The pit stops came and we were sitting very nicely near the front until the penalties. I guess it just wasn’t our day, but I felt on top form in my cockpit, setting the fastest lap late on. P4 means more points for the team and every point is crucial at this stage with only two races left after today,” added André Lotterer.
“Qualifying today was a mystery, I felt like I had the best car I’ve ever had in Formula E so far, and yet we were the slowest, so we will look into this and fix whatever the issue was.
“The team really gave me a good car for the race today, I had an incredible race pace and managed to overtake some drivers two, three times. It’s a real shame about the penalty and our mistake in the car change where the car didn’t slot into gear and I lost six, seven seconds. I could have finished second today if we hadn’t had these issues which would have been ideal, but now we take the title fight to New York.
“We will learn from our mistakes this weekend and we will come back much stronger. We’re feeling positive about the final race weekend of Season Four and I’m hungry for success in New York,” concluded Jean-Éric Vergne.