JEAN-ÉRIC VERGNE, THE KING OF BERN
Bern, 22nd June 2019
Jean-Éric Vergne delivered an outstanding performance in today’s Swiss E-Prix to claim pole position, the race win and the voestalpine European races trophy.
In addition to this, the Frenchman also became the first ABB FIA Formula E driver to hit pole position from Qualifying Group One and to win three times this season.
Team-mate André Lotterer just missed out on a super pole appearance and started P8 on the grid from where he fought his way up to fourth position with some nail-biting action. Unfortunately, a miscommunication between driver and team led to a post-race penalty that saw the German finish the E-Prix in P14.
Mark Preston, DS TECHEETAH Team Principal: “Jean-Éric truly was on fire today. Vergne the king of Bern, and how well deserved. But I must also take this opportunity to give a lot of kudos to the team for this incredible performance. We find ourselves in a very familiar situation going into New York for the final two races now, leading both Drivers’ and Teams’ championships. We may have extended both with 32 and 43 respectively, but even though it may seem much, it’s not a comfortable lead in Formula E. There’s two more races to go in the double-header finale and there’s everything left to play for.”
Xavier Mestalan Pinon, DS Performance Director: “Congratulations to JEV and DS TECHEETAH team for this incredible third victory which brings us a little closer to both of the Season 5 titles. The latest improvements have paid off and have had a real advantage for this race. I would like to once again thank the whole team for the impressive efforts that have been made!”
André Lotterer, P14: “It was a shame to receive such a hard penalty in the end after having fought so hard together with my engineers to climb up the pack, it has for sure put a downer on things as the points for fourth would have been invaluable for my title hunt. Nevertheless, now we keep our heads down and prepare New York for a comeback and to end the season on a high.”
Jean-Éric Vergne, P1: “The team worked so well, and it couldn’t have been a better day today. At the end with the rain it was really stressful. I had to be careful because I’d rather finish second than in the wall for the championship, so I was of course trying to win the race, but also being extra cautious. All in all a fantastic weekend for the team, pole position, victory and extending the lead in both championships. It went perfectly well and I’m very pleased with the work that we have done.”