Formula E: Season start for DS TECHEETAH in Diriyya
/ After the first race on Friday did not go as hoped for battle, Antonio Felix Da Costa trotted a podium spot on Saturday temporarily within reach. Due to a drive-through penalty, however, he finished in tenth place. His team-mate Jean-Éric Vergne had to change his battery after working in direction of so he started from the last row of the grid. This he finished after strong overtaking maneuvers as eights.
The second race of the sixth Formula E season began with a thrilling first half of the day, which Antonio Felix Da Costa was able to score as the winner of the qualifying. In the Superpole session he placed in his DS E-TENSE FE . Thanks to a few skillful maneuvers, he was able to fight his way to second place and a drive-through penalty threw him back again.
Save Preston, Team Principal DS TECHEETAH: “After the qualifying session, Antonio really did see intestine – u.s.a. We are sadder that he could not repeat his victory of the previous year. Both riders have shown what we are capable of and what we can do at a good pace. Jean-Éric managed to overtake two cars at the same place in the final laps, even twice in a row. We're not worried about that, anyway. When it became clear that Jean-Éric would race from the back, the engineers put everything on a map. This has finally paid off in the race. It would have been nice to take a few more points, but every point counts. The season is long and we will have plenty of opportunities to catch up in the drivers' standings. “Xavier Mestelan Pinon, Director DS Efficiency: “Today's result does not meet our expectations. Nevertheless, we can take two things from the season opener: Our drivers showed in qualifying as well as in the race that we have a very good vehicle with which we can bring in victories. However, we may allow a mistake – avoiding them will be our top priority for the upcoming race in Santiago. ”
Jean-Éric Vergne, 8th place: “It is clear from the outset that the race would be extremely difficult. I had to go from the very back to the Open because of a hard penalty and in addition one Thanks to the safety car, I was able to catch up to the field and quickly advance to eleventh place. The overtaking maneuvers were great fun. It was a great second when I was able to overtake two cars at the same time for two laps in a row. Nevertheless, I expected more from this weekend. We will now work very hard and master this difficult section together. ” Antonio Felix Da Costa, . Platz: “Even if things did not go the way we had imagined, we can take a lot of positives from the season opener. Being fastest in the open Working in direction of and in qualifying, in the field for example, to fight for second place and to go for the win shows that we can put in a good pace and have an efficient drive. We are ready for the next season intestine. Unfortunately, I got a drive-through penalty for an incident at the beginning of the race, which in my opinion I could not have avoided. Nevertheless, I am very confident and looking forward to the next race. ”