FORMULA E Frustrating weekend in Valencia for DS TECHEETAH
26 April 2021
The Valencia weekend was intense, bringing both hope and frustration for DS Automobiles. António Félix da Costa dominated the 1st round but was denied victory as a result of the decisions of the race director. Fortunately for DS TECHEETAH, Jean-Éric Vergne scored important points by finishing 9th and 7th during the two rounds on the Spanish track.
Round 3, Saturday 25 April.
It was a frustrating Saturday afternoon in Valencia for DS TEECHETAH. Starting from the pole position spot, Da Costa mastered everything in this 5th round of the ABB FIA Formula World Championship but he saw his promised victory vanish in the final lap. The numerous energy reductions trigged by the race director surprised many drivers and Da Costa found himself with too little energy to finish the race and had to back off the pace to be able to cross the line in seventh. A post-race disqualification for overuse of power finished Da Costa’s day on the opposite end of where it had started. Vergne emerged unscathed from an eventful race to eventually take the 9th position while starting from P12.
Round 6, Sunday 25 April.
On his 31st birthday, Jean-Éric Vergne started from P7 and he crossed the line at the same position at the end of the race to score important points for DS TECHEETAH. António Félix Da Costa who qualified 12th was aiming to finish in the top ten but a drive-through penalty for improper use of his second attack mode put him out of contention for the points.
After this frustrating Spanish weekend for DS TECHEETAH, the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship will now head to Monaco for the 7th round. The only single E-Prix of the season is scheduled on 8 May in the Principality and will for the first time, see Formula E race a longer version of the iconic street course than it has in previous years.