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JEAN-ÉRIC VERGNE SECURES A FANTASTIC WIN IN MONACO

After securing pole position in the ninth round of the ABB FIA Formula E 2018/2019 Championship, DS TECHEETAH driver Jean-Éric Vergne lead from the start to take the win at the chequered flag in Monte Carlo today.

The DS TECHEETAH is now the first team in championship history to secure the top two positions in the Drivers’ Standings with Jean-Éric taking hold of the lead with teammate André Lotterer in second. The team also extended its championship lead with valuable points from both drivers in today’s E-Prix.

André Lotterer remains the leader of the voestalpine European races and Jean-Éric is the first driver to win twice this season.

Mark Preston, DS TECHEETAH Team Principal: “Jean-Éric delivered another incredible drive today to win the Monaco E-Prix and I think we all enjoyed watching André’s fight from the back into the points. It’s very neat be the first team in championship history to have a 1-2 in the Drivers’ Standings and to lead the Teams’ Standings too with only four races to go. Of course, this doesn’t mean that we’ll put our feet up now, rather the opposite. We saw how close it was at the season finale last year and we’re very keen to keep our lead all the way in the to bitter end this time –in both championships.”

Xavier Mestelan Pinon, DS Performance Director: “The drivers knew from the beginning of the season that they have the car and the team to enable them to win the titles. At the end of this 9th race, we are leading the championship thanks to both of our great drivers and the exceptional work of the entire team. The championship remains very tight and New York is still far away but where we are is already a great result and we take great pride in this.”

Jean-Éric Vergne, P1: “What a day! I couldn’t be any happier to get my first win in Monaco. I want to thank the team because they really did give me a fantastic car today and I think we made the best out if it. Now we’re leading the championships and André is second in the Drivers’ championship too. Everything is looking good, we need to keep pushing, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.”

André Lotterer, P7: “Congratulations to Jean-Éric first of all and to the team, we achieved some great team points today. I messed up qualifying a little, but I managed to limit the damage and get some points. It was a crazy race out there, but I was able to pass some cars around the start. Then I saw that it was becoming more difficult to pass, so I was patient and I passed one or two guys, and then I benefited from the drama around me. It’s always good to recover well and I wish I had qualified better, but I ended up finishing 7th with a couple of points in the bag and we have a good car, so we can head to the next races with better performance.”

FIRST AND SECOND FOR DS TECHEETAH AND ANDRÉ LOTTERER IN PARIS

The 4th edition of the Paris E-Prix and the home race of DS Automobiles saw the first ever wet race in ABB FIA Formula E championship history take place. DS TECHEETAH had another successful run on the streets of the French capitol securing another second place for André Lotterer and a sixth position for Jean-Éric Vergne.

André and team-mate Jean-Éric started P6 and P12 respectively and quickly worked themselves up the pack. Around 15 minutes into the race, the sky opened up and what started as a drizzle quickly turned into hail to trigger a safety car. It continued to rain intermittently for the remaining 30min of the race, triggering various yellow flags limiting the racing opportunities after numerous crashes.

DS TECHEETAH remains on top of the Teams’ standings with André Lotterer securing second and Jean-Éric Vergne sixth in the Drivers’ Standings.

André Lotterer, P2: “Really good operation here today in Paris. A home race for the team where we brought back a second place and some really good points for the championship battle. I was catching Robin and was going to go for the win, but then it started to rain, and the grip drop massively. It got really unsafe out there, so I decided to keep it safe and bring it home. It was not possible to do any attack without risk. It was a good effort from the team today and Jean-Éric had a good race too. We’re leading the team championship and second only one point behind the leader, so we will see what we can do in the next race.”

Jean-Éric Vergne, P6: “The Paris E-Prix is over. Congratulation to André for another second position. It’s good for us as a team because we’ve extended our lead in the championship. As for me, it’s a bit of mixed emotions. Qualifying went pretty bad for me, but the race went very well. Starting 12th and coming back 6th was the absolutely maximum I could have done today. I will take those points happily, they’ll matter a lot at the end of the championship in New York. I’m happy to move forward, head to Monaco, and try to improve everything. I’m just going to try to score more points and have my second win of the season.”

Mark Preston, DS TECHEETAH Team Principal: “Great drive by both our drivers today. They both managed to deliver some solid overtakes on a track that’s known for being near impossible to overtake on.

Securing a podium at our second home race was a fantastic feeling for all of us, so my warmest congratulations to André today. His first win is just around the corner.”

Xavier Mestelan Pinon, DS Performance Director: “Paris was certainly one of the most difficult races this season. The weather conditions have been extremely disruptive. Due to such conditions, it is truly an amazing performance by the team and both of our drivers. André Lotterer achieved an exemplary race to finish, as in Rome, 2nd place. This is now the position he holds in the Drivers’ Championship within one point off the lead.

In very hectic conditions, Jean-Éric Vergne caught up with the lead group and helped DS TECHEETAH to consolidate its position at the top of the Teams’ Championship. These points are essential for the future of the championship as even the slightest mistake can cost the team dearly. We now turn our attention to Monaco in 15 days and I want to congrats the remarkable work of our drivers and the DS TECHEETAH team.”

Next round: Monaco E-Prix, May 11.

Paris E-Prix
1 Robin Frijns (Envision)
2 André Lotterer (DS TECHEETAH)
3 Daniel Abt (Audi)
4 Lucas Di Grassi (Audi)
5 Maximilian Günther (Dragon)
6 Jean-Éric Vergne (DS TECHEETAH)
7 Antonio Felix Da Costa (BMW)
8 Gary Paffett (HWA)
9 Felipe Massa (Venturi)
10 Pascal Wehrlein (Mahindra)
11 Sam Bird (Envision)
12 Oliver Rowland (Nissan)
13 José Maria Lopez (Dragon)
14 Oliver Turvey (NIO)
15 Sébastien Buemi (Nissan)
16 Mitch Evans (Jaguar)
17 Jérôme D’Ambrosio (Mahindra)

Drivers Standings
1 Robin Frijns (Envision) 81 points
2 André Lotterer (DS TECHEETAH) 80 points
3 Antonio Felix da Costa (BMW) 70 points
4 Lucas di Grassi (Audi) 70 points
5 Jérôme D’Ambrosio (Mahindra) 65 points
6 Jean-Eric Vergne (DS TECHEETAH) 62 points
7 Mitch Evans (Jaguar) 61 points
8 Daniel Abt (Audi) 59 points…

Teams Standings
1 DS TECHEETAH 142 points
2 Envision 135 points
3 Audi 129 points
4 Mahindra 103 points
5 BMW 88 points…

DS TECHEETAH TAKE THE LEAD IN THE TEAMS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

With André Lotterer securing both pole position and second place in today’s Rome E-Prix, DS TECHEETAH has taken the lead in the team championship, leaving the team in a strong position for DS Automobiles home race in Paris on 27 April 2019.

An action-packed E-Prix in the Italian capitol saw André not only qualify on pole but doing it all over again in the super pole, to start an impressive P1. Team-mate, Jean-Éric Vergne, had an issue with one of his front suspension of his car which saw the Frenchman start in P16.

A nail-biting race saw André battling on track with Mitch Evans, who eventually used the Attack Mode to clinch the win.

André Lotterer, P2: “Mixed feelings today. I’ve got my first pole position in the bag and good points, but I really wanted to win and I think I had the car for it. So, we need to look at what happened as I started to struggle with the tyres a bit in the middle of the race so I couldn’t keep Mitch behind me. It was a clean fight in the end and it was good to see that we had an energy management race today. We’re in a good position so hopefully I can get my first win soon, I’m keener than ever for it now and I think it will be a good second part of the season.”

Jean-Éric Vergne, P14: “It was a tough day for me today. I had a good race starting 16th after a bad qualifying where we had a little technical issue. It was a good recovery and I managed to secure the fastest lap, but then I got a penalty which put me out of the points. I should have been leading the championship after today, but we have plenty of races to go and we still had a very good race with André who finished second with strong points for the team. So, all in all it’s not too bad, but we just need to have two cars finishing on the podium in Paris. That would be great!”

Mark Preston, DS TECHEETAH Team Principal: “Stellar drive from André today. The win was so incredibly close today and André really deserved the win. We’ve got an incredibly good car, so the rest of the season should be a good one. Jean-Éric was unfortunate to have a technical issue in qualifying which put him at the back of the grid and compromised his race start. He did a great job to climb all the way up to P7 before his penalty.

“So far we’ve had seven races with seven different teams and winners on the top step of the podium. If that doesn’t showcase the incredible competitiveness of this championship, I don’t know what does. It’s an incredible championship.”

Xavier Mestelan Pinon, DS Performance Director: “André Lotterer had an exceptional day today. His amazing qualifying lap and second place in the race, showed his true fighting spirit and highlighted the cars excellent performance. His duel with Mitch Evans was gripping and exciting until the final lap. This great result and the hard team work has put DS TECHEETAH in the lead of the Teams’ championship heading into the Paris E-Prix, the home race of DS Automobiles, the only French manufacturer in the championship.”

DS TECHEETAH AND JEAN-ÉRIC VERGNE WINS THE SANYA E-PRIX

DS TECHEETAH driver celebrated his first race win of the 2018/2019 ABB FIA Formula E Season today at the Sanya E-Prix in China.

After a thrilling start to DS TECHEETAH’s home E-Prix, Jean-Éric who qualified second, made his move to take the lead and it kept all the way to the chequered flag with an extremely strong drive. Meanwhile, his team-mate, André Lotterer who qualified in P7 made his way up the grid to finish in P4 in the closely contested race.

Mark Preston, DS TECHEETAH Team Principal“What a day, our first race win as a new team and what a stellar drive from Jean-Éric to take the win at our home race. We had some homework to do after Hong Kong and we still have some left but Jean-Éric really pulled it all together today. André did a great job as well scoring some more valuable points and we’re now third in the Teams’ Championship, Jean-Éric is third as well in the Drivers’ Championship and André is in P9. We have two of the best drivers in the paddock and one incredible team. Today was a real team effort and I’d like to thank each and every team member for their efforts.

It’s incredibly tight at the top of the Teams’ championship now with the top two at 97 and 96 points respectively and we’re chasing right behind on 95. I don’t know how many times we say it but it’s true, anything can happen, and anything is possible in this championship, at every single race.

We couldn’t have had a better return to China for the championship and we’ve had a fantastic event not just on track, but also off-track with our new partner Atlantis Sanya. They’ve hosted our 150 guests in the incredible facilities as our guests were able to watch the whole race track and all the action from the hotel’s 48th floor suite. We’d like to extend a big thank you to them for their great hospitality and we look forward to coming back next year.”

Xavier Mestelan Pinon, DS Performance Director: “This victory is a fantastic outcome for Jean-Éric and the team and it puts us in a very promising position for the rest of the championship. We were extremely competitive in all areas for the team’s home race, in China, which is an important market for the DS AUTOMOBILES.

It is encouraging to get back in the title hunt and ahead of the next races in Rome and Paris, DS Performance will be running some development tests and further evolutions will be done to the DS E-TENSE FE19 in preparation for the first two races in Europe.”

Jean-Éric Vergne, #25 : “It was a pretty good race. Winning here in China as a Chinese team was something unbelievable, especially after the last 3 races that we had with no points. It’s always good to come back on top, it boosts the confidence of myself and the team, and puts us back in a good spot for the championship. I think this was the turning point of the season and now we need to just to keep on doing good work and have good races in the European half of the season.”

André Lotterer, #36 : “Congratulations to the team and Jean-Éric for winning the race. It’s great to win our home race! Obviously, I would have loved to have been on the podium too or even win the race as a comeback for Hong Kong. It was not a bad weekend for us, I started 7th, finished P4 and had some good overtakes and a good car. So now I look forward to going to Rome and scoring more points.”

A dramatic Mexico City eprix for DS TECHEETAH

An action-packed ABB FIA Formula E Mexico City E-Prix saw André Lotterer finish P5 and Jean-Éric Vergne P13.

Starting from P8 and P12 on the starting grid, both DS TECHEETAH’s drivers had one goal, climbing up the ladder to score as many points as possible. Already in lap one the action had begun with Jean-Éric overtaking Sims in turn 1 and then getting overtaken back by Alexander Sims who came through inside the bollard in turn 4. Shortly after, Nelson Piquet Jr. came crashing on top of his car to cause the second red flag in ABB FIA Formula E history.
Whilst the recovery of Piquet’s car took place, a huge job was undertaken by the DS TECHEETAH technical team who, with great effort managed to mend Jean-Éric’s car in the pitlane changing a tyre, the front nose and repairing the rear wing and side pod. Whilst the initial full course yellow was issued for the same crash, André Lotterer was overtaken by Edoardo Mortara and Jerome d’Ambrosio that moved him down the grid.
The pack returned to the track as they entered the pitlane with André in P8 and Jean-Éric in P10 with the race re-starting behind the safety car. Towards the races conclusion Jean-Éric was once again hit, this time by Mitch Evans near the end of the stadium section and by Tom Dillman in Turn 9 leaving him in P17. The end of the race was just as exciting as the start seeing multiple cars dropping down the order due to over-consumption and the DS TECHEETAH drivers climbing through the pack to finish P5 and P13.

Mark Preston, Team Principal: “It was a day of misfortune for Jean-Éric who seemed to be in the wrong place at the wrong time more than once, which positioned him amongst several mid field incidents with a number of different drivers, pulling over-zealous moves that ended up with Jean-Éric taking the brunt of the damage. On the bright side, André had a very strong race and managed to stay out of trouble to finish in a very respectable 5th position.”

Xavier Mestelan Pinon, DS Performance Director: “Formula E gave us a fantastic show today that kept the fans rivetted until the checkered flag. While Jean-Éric did not have a good day, André had a very strong race, especially in the last lap taking advantage of the efficiency of his DS E-TENSE FE19 when some of the competitors slowed down. Next up is the Asian tour of the championship that begins in Hong Kong. There are still nine races to go and anything is still possible.”

Jean-Éric Vergne, DS TECHEETAH Driver: “I don’t know what to make of today with all the incidents, I had three cars overtake me under full course yellow, one that cut the chicane and crashed into me, and one that spun me in the stadium, and nobody got a penalty. It’s something that we will have to discuss with the FIA, so we are to have a better understanding. The mechanics did an incredible job to repair the car in the pitlane under the red flag so a big thank you to them for pulling that off. All in all, a frustrating result today and lots of bad luck but we’re getting back together as a team to leave the negativities behind us and move forward.”

André Lotterer, DS TECHEETAH Driver: “Tough day in the office but we came away with 5th position none the less, so I’m kind of happy with this as we scored some good points. We struggled with car set up today but managed to fight our way from 12th position up to 5th in the end. It was a crazy race, but we managed the energy well and came close to the leaders. We could possibly have got a 3rd but the car was difficult to drive so we’ll settle for 5th and enjoy the points. Tomorrow we go testing here so we’ve got a couple of more things added to our list of things to look into after today.”

DS TECHEETAH extends its championship lead

The 2019 ABB FIA Formula E Marrakesh E-Prix saw a brave start from Jean-Éric Vergne who launched for the lead into turn one from his P2 start position. Unfortunately, the attempt was just on the limit and the Frenchman spun out. But this didn’t stop the reigning Formula E champion who quickly worked his way through the grid to end P5 at the checkered flag.

André Lotterer had an unfortunate qualifying session and started in P20. After a good start from the grid, he moved into P14 after only the first lap and continued up to P8 with a little less than half the race to go.

On a mission to complete more overtakes, Jean-Éric and André climbed up to P5 and P6 respectively with 10 minutes left of the race. Eagerly awaiting the Safety Car to end with only a couple minutes left on the clock, both drivers activated their second ATTACK MODE to prepare to tackle the last lap flat out.

Scoring eight valuable points, André moved up to 4th in the championship standings with 19 points, just behind team-mate, Jean-Éric who currently sits in 3rd with 28 points.

With another 18 points scored today, DS TECHEETAH has now extended its championship lead with seven points to its nearest rival as it prepares for the Santiago E-Prix on the 26 January.

« Today wasn’t at all what it was set out to be. We’re racing drivers in the end of the day and we go for the gap, so when I saw it I went for it, but quickly realised that I couldn’t make it so I had to spin the car so that I didn’t crash into Sam as I didn’t want to ruin his race. Today was my fault, but if this is the biggest mistake I’ve done in Formula E so far and I still got P5, there’s still a lot to be happy about. In the end, I overtook 15 cars gaining 16 seconds on the leaders and I was only four seconds behind the them in the last couple of laps which shows the incredible pace of our package. » said DS TECHEETAH Driver Jean-Éric Vergne.

« Qualifying in the back isn’t the start you want but we had fun fighting our way through the grid to finish P6 in the end. I made a small mistake in the qualifying session which led to the start from the back but it’s good to be in the Top 5 in the championship and to remain the championship leaders. As we head to the South American races rest assured, we will continue to fight to stay there. We had a good race in Santiago last year when we scored the first 1-2 in Formula E history, but it’s a new track this year so let’s see if we can do it all again at the new location. »  said DS TECHEETAH Driver, André Lotterer.

« Incredible drive from both of our drivers today. To have both of them fighting their way from the back and ending up in the Top 6 of the race shows what pace we have in the cars and what stellar drivers we have. We closed the gap by half to the leaders throughout the race in the end, and that’s quite something.

“It’s a shame to not have come away with the win today but we’ve scored some valuable points and we know from last season that playing the points game in the long term is what wins you a championship. We’ve strengthened our championship lead with another seven points to our nearest rival and we’re ready for another successful Santiago E-Prix » said DS TECHEETAH Team Principal, Mark Preston.

« We have consolidated our lead in the team standings and confirmed the excellent performance of DS E-TENSE FE19 today, which validates the technical choices that we made. Congratulations to Jean-Éric and André who made an impressive comeback today! We are in the match for the two titles of this extraordinary championship, and that’s what counts. » said DS Performance Director, Xavier Mestelan Pinon.

DS TECHEETAH celebrates leading the championship after the first round of the 2018/2019 ABB FIA Formula E championship

After an eventful race, it was the DS E-TENSE FE19 of Formula E champion Jean-Éric Vergne that crossed the finish-line in second place after a near double-podium for him and team-mate, André Lotterer.

The two DS TECHEETAH drivers lined up in 5th and 7th on the grid and managed to climb through the ranks to run first and second before a technical infringement caused a drive through penalty for the pair. Coming out behind the front pack after taking the penalty, the two drivers were on the hunt for the podium and Jean-Éric managed to claim second with André just behind in 5th whilst also scoring the Fastest Lap to gain additional valuable points at the ABB FIA Formula E Championship’s first round on the 2018/2019 Season.

 

« I would like to say a huge thanks to the whole team for this race but also for the lead up to this moment. Today was just a taster of what is to come from DS TECHEETAH. The course was so much fun to drive, it was like walking on a cloud out there. I’m very pleased that the FIA and Formula E took our feedback around ATTACK MODE on board after the Drivers’ Briefing as it made a very good race today. I’m very proud to be part of a championship that keeps innovating and re-inventing itself like this. We put on a great show and as we aim for more podiums and our first win of the season, I’m confident that we will continue to deliver some very exciting racing for the rest of the championship. We’re going to absorb all the lessons, continue in this spirit and come back for more, » said DS TECHEETAH Driver Jean-Éric Vergne.

« We had some issues today, but we should be happy about the pace we had. We were really putting the car through its paces and it responded so well. It’s of course frustrating to have the issues that we had as I lost out on a potential win, or at least a one-two or a double-podium as we had the pace for it, but we gained some valuable points and that’s what matters the most in this championship. I have mixed feelings about today but now we’re looking to the next race and it will be good to flex our muscles in Marrakesh, »  said DS TECHEETAH Driver, André Lotterer.

« Today was a huge achievement for the whole team. What a way to start the season! The championship has definitely taken another step forward and we’re racing on a whole new level now. Jean-Éric and André were flying out there and it was really exciting to see that all the hard work that the team has put into the package delivered on track. Congratulations to BMW for their first win, and welcome to Formula E, » said DS TECHEETAH Team Principal, Mark Preston.

« Congratulations to Jean-Éric and André for a fantastic first race. We are delighted to have secured the first podium for DS TECHEETAH. After many months of development and preparation with our team, it was wonderful to see everyone coming together to deliver such an impressive performance at our first event. It will allow us to continue to progress with confidence for the rest of the championship and to achieve our goals, » said DS Performance Director, Xavier Mestelan Pinon.


The next round of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship takes place on 12 January 2019 in Marrakesh, Morocco.

 

DS TECHEETAH ready to hit the streets with the DS E-TENSE FR19

Season Five of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship is set to commence this Saturday on 15 December. Fans across the world will see 22 new Gen2 car, new tracks, new rules and new drivers added to the championship.

DS TECHETAH drivers André Lotterer and the reigning Formula E Champion, Jean-Éric Vergne returns to field the DS E-TENSE FE19 Gen2 car for the season ahead. They will start the season by tackling the new 2,5km street circuit of Ad Diriyah where they will be challenged with the new 45min plus one lap race format.

Formula E’s unique fan engagement, FanBoost, is set to return with updated regulations and we will now see the Top 5 drivers gain the boost voted for by the fans, that’s another two drivers gaining the energy boost on track compared the previous seasons. Fans will now also be able to vote 15 minutes into the race, further adding to the thrill of being directly involved in the championship.

The DS E-TENSE FE19 is built entirely in-house by DS Automobiles in the team’s new factory in Versailles just outside of Paris. DS Automobiles has also developed its own brake-by-wire system and is one of the few manufacturer in the paddock to have done so to gain a further competitive advantage. The new DS E-TENSE FE19 has a maximum power of 338hp and can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.8s. It also has a larger battery capacity of 52 kWh that will last the whole race, thus eliminating the car swap.

As the championship continues to innovate, the introduction of ATTACK MODE is going to throw further challenges to the grid and bring the excitement of the series further.

When enable, the new feature temporarily increases the power level from 200 kW (in race mode) to 225 kW, which gives the drivers an advantage over the others, for a short time, to overtake, opening new strategic opportunities and delivering more dynamic races .
To be able to go into the ATTACK MODE, the driver must go through an activation zone, located outside of the race line. The number of activation and the period of use will be determined at each race by the FIA.

Jean-Éric Vergne #25: “For someone who’s been with the series since pretty much the start, I’ve personally seen how Formula E has taken big strides – not only with the performance of the car, but by implementing new ideas that continue to promote close racing such as ATTACK MODE. As drivers we want to be able to race hard and the fans want that too.”

André Lotterer #36: “Formula E has taken a huge leap forward in the last year and it’s very exciting to be part of a series that keep on reinventing itself like Formula E does. We’ve done all the prep work for the new additions to the series and the wait is finally over, we’re going racing now. It will be very interesting to see how the first race pans out as there will be some surprises, that’s certain.”

DS TECHEETAH announces Tatiana Calderón as test driver for the ad diriyah e-prix in-season test

DS TECHEETAH is delighted to announce that Tatiana Calderón will drive the DS E-TENSE FE19 at the in-season test on Sunday 16 December in Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, following the inaugural E-Prix in the Kingdom.

Tatiana has successfully competed in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship for three seasons in 2013 to 2015 and later in the GP3 series from 2016. She was announced as a Formula 1 test driver in 2018 and drove a Formula 1 car for the first time a couple of weeks ago, following the Mexican GP.

“When the promoter approached us about the opportunity to offer a test session to a talented female racing driver at the first in-season test, we jumped at the opportunity. We immediately started thinking about drivers that would be suitable for the test, and Tatiana was on top of our list. She’s incredibly talented and we think she will do a stellar job at the test with the experience she is able to bring. It’s also very exciting to be able to showcase the wonderful world of Formula E with a first-hand experience of testing the DS E-TENSE FE19 on track. I’m hoping that it will give her a taste for the series and I hope to see her racing in Formula E in the near future,” said DS TECHEETAH Team Principal, Mark Preston.

“I’m incredibly eager to test the DS E-TENSE FE19 in December. Formula E is a really exciting space and it’s great to be able to get a sense of the series through the test. It will be the first time that I will drive a fully-electric racing car on track, so I’m curious to find out how I will have to adapt my driving style to drive the car in the most efficient way. I’m thrilled to be working with DS TECHEETAH following their successful results last season and I’m looking forward to helping them with their work at first in-season test,” said DS TECHEETAH Test Driver for the Ad Diriyah E-Prix, Tatiana Calderón.

Strong performance for DS Techeetah in first outing as a new team

Press Release – Versailles, le 19th October 2018

DS TECHEETAH has today completed the first official ABB FIA Formula E test of Season Five at the Ricardo Tomo circuit in Valencia, Spain, with all eleven Formula E teams participating.
Testing started out with two days of sunshine and new lap records from the Gen2 cars, running nearly 5 seconds quicker than it’s previous generation. The final day offered ABB FIA Formula E’s first wet testing since it’s inception.
Testing in Valencia has been full of firsts, seeing both DS E-TENSE FE19 cars running together on a track, and together with all of the Season Five ABB FIA Formula E Gen2 cars.
With 1172 km driven by the DS TECHEETAH Drivers, Jean-Éric Vergne and André Lotterer, the team leave Valencia with a positive feeling for the first race of Season Five, the Ad Diriyah E-Prix on 15 December, 2018.

“It’s been a good week for the team. We’ve taken a step further in our team building, we’ve had good reliability and performance with the car and the drivers are happy with the progress. It’s been particularly helpful to have both cars on track at the same time as our drivers and engineers have been able to compare times and situations simultaneously.
“Friday was very interesting as we had a proper wet test in the morning, allowing us to test further settings of the car and it was great to see that we completed this without any issues. Coming into testing this year has been a different experience compared to last year when the official Formula E test was the only testing we had as a customer team. This year with DS Automobiles onboard, we have had the benefit of the 15 manufacturer testing days and we’re feeling the benefits.
“It’s been a busy time for the team as we’ve merged with DS over summer and it’s been great to see the team coming together so quickly. We’ve been at the track in full force together for the first time and it’s been really nice to see how well everyone has worked together and made the most out of every opportunity,” said
DS TECHEETAH Team Principal, Mark Preston.

“The DS E-TENSE FE19 has been consistently at the front over the three-day test and we know that we are in the game now. The days here have helped us take another positive step in the right direction for the first race. Even if it’s too early to establish a precise hierarchy of performance amongst the teams, we feel confident that the testing we have done so far will give us trust and serenity to allow us to perform effectively,” said DS Performance Director, Xavier Mestelan Pinon.

“We’ve had a good week in Valencia together as a full works team for the first time. The DS E-TENSE FE19 has felt good on track and we’ve been able to complete everything that we wanted. It’s been good to see how we measured up against the other teams at this circuit and we can tell that we are in the mix, but it’s too soon to tell where we will be once we go racing as it’s under completely different circumstances,” said DS TECHEETAH Driver, Jean-Éric Vergne

“It’s been nice to have a couple of more days in the car and to test it in the wet for the first time, which was a lot of fun to drive. The development work we’ve done over the summer has yielded and we were able to complete the sessions we wanted here. I’m really excited about the season and eager for it start. I think it’s fair to expect some surprises in the first couple of races as it’s a completely new racing format and a new generation car, but we’re relishing the challenge and can’t wait to go racing together,” said DS TECHEETAH Driver, André Lotterer