In Formula E, Vergne is no longer in contention for the 2022 title but DS…yeah!  – Le Mag Sport Auto

In Formula E, Vergne is no longer in contention for the 2022 title but DS…yeah! – Le Mag Sport Auto

Last Sunday in London, the second Formula E race of the weekend resulted in the death of Jean-Eric Vergne. While the tricolor is still in contention for the title before the London meeting, the Frenchman lost all his mathematical chances yesterday, after finishing outside the points. Consolation for the man in question, his team, DS Techeetah, remains in contention for the constructors’ classification.

Formula E: DS is still in the race, mathematically

Lucas di Grassi’s victory in race 2 of the London ePrix last Sunday. So the Brazilian recalled our good memories, in front of Jake Dennis, Nick De Vries and Stoffel Vandoorne. The Belgian who, with his two Top 4s in London, took a big step towards the title of Formula E world champion, two rounds from the end of the season. With his 5th under the checkered flag, in front of Buemi, Frijns, Bird, Camara and Wehrlein, Da Costa saved important points for DS Techeetah. Therefore, the team in question accuses Mercedes of 45 handicap points. A gap but, mathematically, the task is still possible. Unless the German team misses the Seoul ePrix entirely…

Thomas Chevaucher, DS Executive Director and Head of the DS TECHEETAH Team:

We were in more of a rhythm for this 2th race but JEV was hit by a submerged car and we lost important points. The team remains in the Top 3 and we will fight to the end to win the title! »

Mark Preston, CEO of TECHEETAH:

It was a tough weekend for DS TECHEETAH in London. JEV in particular had to retire early in Sunday’s race due to radiator damage. For his part, António Félix da Costa had a good qualifying session by placing himself in 4th on the starting grid. Then he brought home good points for the team. Now we look forward to the last two races of the season in Seoul. »

António Félix da Costa, Formula E champion in 2020:

Today was a little better than yesterday. We qualified in 4th place and we had more competition. That said, I had more trouble during the second part of the race. My tires were badly damaged and it was very difficult to stay on track. So I went back down to 5th space. However, we gained important points and will try to return to Seoul even stronger in the last event of the season. »

Jean-Éric Vergne, Formula E champion in 2018 and 2019:

It hasn’t been a good weekend for me. During the first round, the pilot took off and then hit me. So I couldn’t do anything to avoid it. I thought I had “survived” this event, but the car stopped and my race was over. That’s how brutal motorsport can be. Now you just have to embrace the disappointment and keep fighting, keep smiling and be motivated. »

Image source, effects: DS Cars, DDI manufacturing

Article published on 08/01/2022 at 7:06 am