Another podium for DS TECHEETAH in Berlin
Round eight of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship and the third round of the season six race showdown finale saw Jean-Éric Vergne back on the podium in third position after starting from pole. Team-mate Antonio Felix Da Costa finished behind him in fourth.
By securing the fourth position today, Antonio maintains his lead with 68pts and now sits at 137 points, whilst DS TECHEETAH increased its lead with both drivers in the highpoints to now have 70 points lead at 188 points in the standings.
Tomorrow is the fourth race of the six race showdown finale and Antonio has the chance to secure the Drivers’ title.
Jean-Éric Vergne, P3:
“It was great to be back on pole today and after two bad days, I had such a good feeling in the car in qualifying. It was a nice boost to be back on the podium as well but unfortunately not on the top step, I lost a lot of energy during the attack mode as we think that my regen paddle didn’t work properly so I couldn’t fight properly towards the end. Really looking forward to getting back in the car tomorrow and turn that third place into a win.”
Antonio Felix Da Costa, P4:
“What makes Formula E so exciting is the super small margins that you have to gain to start at the front. Unfortunately, they were not on my side today, but I managed to climb up the pack throughout the race and end fourth which I’m super happy about. It’s all about scoring the points, that was the goal for today and we secured it. The plan for tomorrow is a clean race, that’s all I’m going to focus on.”
Mark Preston, DS TECHEETAH Team Principal:
“Scoring another 31 points today takes us one step closer to securing both championships so I can be nothing but proud of the team and the drivers today. Of course, it would have been amazing to have another win, and especially for Jean-Éric after two tough days, but what counts are the points and those we got. Tomorrow will be extremely exciting as Antonio has a real chance to win the championship, so the focus will be on giving him and Jean-Éric a good ride.”
Xavier Mestelan Pinon, DS Performance Director:
“The fantastic pole position attained by Jean-Éric made us hope for another victory, but we are very happy with his 3rd place and the podium, which is the 30th for DS Automobiles. Antonio drove a very intelligent race with a good comeback to finish 4th. Thanks to the efficient performance from our drivers, we are staying ahead in the Teams’ and Drivers’ championships. Clearly, we have the titles in sight, but we remain focused because there are still three races to go.”