Reigning ABB FIA Formulation E champion Jean-Eric Vergne says he has modified his strategy to races from his title-winning marketing campaign for the 2018/19 season.
Techeetah’s Vergne secured 4 race victories throughout the 2017/18 marketing campaign, scoring three of these from pole place.
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In each Santiago and Punta del Este, Vergne’s wins have been achieved after managing to efficiently defend the lead for a number of laps in opposition to teammate Andre Lotterer and Lucas di Grassi respectively.
On each events, Vergne’s qualifying tempo eclipsed his velocity within the races.
However finally month’s 2018/19 season-opener in Advert Diriyah, Vergne progressed up the order after qualifying fifth and had climbed into the lead of the race by mid-distance, though a drive-through penalty handed the race win to BMW’s Antonio Felix da Costa.
Vergne recovered from his penalty to say second, nonetheless, ending solely zero.four seconds behind da Costa on the flag after overtaking 5 automobiles throughout the 45-minute race.
“Final yr within the races that I gained I didn’t suppose I used to be actually fast, it was extra a query of methods to defend,” stated Vergne.
“This yr I actually tried to enhance myself and simply be a faster driver within the race so I believe I used to be in all probability extra on it than I used to be final season and that’s the place I'll hold it this season.”
Techeetah was narrowly crushed to the groups’ title within the earlier marketing campaign after Audi’s mid-season resurgence helped propel it to the championship.
However with Vergne’s second place-finish in Advert Diriyah and Andre Lotterer – who was additionally handed a drivethrough penalty throughout the race – ending fourth, the works DS outfit leads the groups’ championship after the opening spherical of the 2018/19 season.