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GREAT PACE DESPITE CHALLENGES FOR DS TECHEETAH IN DIRIYAH

DS TECHEETAH had another tough day in Diriyah, with a podium in sight for Antonio Felix Da Costa before a drive through penalty saw him finish in P10. Team-mate Jean-Éric Vergne had to change his battery following a crash earlier in the morning, forcing him to start at the back of the grid, he eventually finished P8.

The second race of Season Six saw a thrilling first half of the day with Antonio topping the qualifying group. Sending his DS E-TENSE FE20 flying in the super pole session, he slightly overshot it and started in P5 to show off some suave moves up to P2 before his penalty.

Mark Preston, DS TECHEETAH Team Principal:

“Today looked really bright for Antonio after qualifying so it’s a real shame that he couldn’t repeat his win here from last year. Both drivers have proven what we can do and that we have pace, Jean-Éric even overtook two cars in one go, twice, during the last couple of laps so on this front we’re not worried.

Once we knew that Jean-Éric was going to start from the back, the engineers came up with an all-ornothing strategy and it panned out in the end. Although it would have been nice to have more points leaving here, all points count for something and it’s good to have some on our roaster. We know how long this season is and there is plenty of opportunity to recover in the championship standings.”

Xavier Mestelan Pinon, DS Performance Director:

“This result today is certainly far from our goal. It’s even one of the toughest scenarios we could imagine. Nevertheless, there are two things to take from the start of this championship, our drivers showed that we have a very good car in qualifying as well as in the race, which will allow us to target victories. But for that, we will have to avoid making any further mistakes – this will be our top priority in Santiago.”

Jean-Éric Vergne, #8

“The race was always going to extremely difficult today as I had a huge penalty placing me at the back of the grid plus a 10-seconds stop and go. Due to the safety car, I managed to join the pack and head up to eleventh place in the end. It was a lot of fun overtaking those guys and I had a great moment when I overtook two cars in one corner two laps in a row, so I had my fun but it’s not the positive I wanted to take from a weekend like this. We’re going go back home and re-group, work really hard and come out of this difficult moment together.”

Antonio Felix Da Costa, #10

“Even though we didn’t end where we wanted, there are a lot of positives from today. Being quickest in free practice, qualifying and working our way up the pack up to second and fighting for the race win is a really good sign that we have good pace and an efficient powertrain. It also shows that we have a very good weapon to fight with this season. Unfortunately, I had a drive through penalty for an incident early in the race that in my opinion it was impossible to avoid. Nevertheless, I’m feeling really confident and look forward to the next race.”

DS TECHEETAH reveals the DS E-TENSE FE20 forthe 2019/2020 ABB FIA FORMULA E Championship

The reigning ABB FIA Formula E champions, DS TECHEETAH, has revealed its Season Six livery.

For the 2019/2020 season, the now famous black and gold livery strengthen its sporty look thanks to a frame reminiscent of its colors and icon, spread elegantly on several places of the car. The championship winning technology will also bear two laurel wreaths and the car of the reigning two-fold Formula E champion, Jean-Éric Vergne, will be decorated with two golden stars to celebrate his both driver titles. With this livery reworked by the Design Studio of DS Automobiles, the DS E-TENSE FE20 embodies more boldness and the spirit of performance than ever before. From a technical point of view, the DS E-TENSE FE20 is the fruit of the development work based on the qualities of the double championship winning DS E-TENSE FE19.

Xavier Mestelan Pinon, DS Performance Director : “The team has used the experience that allowed us to win both titles to further develop the potential of the car. Our engineers have optimized most of the elements by further developing our winning concept rather than completely rethinking the car. The engine, the inverter and the transfer case have evolved, but the deeper changes are in the heart of the embedded systems. All this ambitious research and development work aims to offer the drivers a car that allows them to fight to win and defend both titles in the coming season that starts on 22 November in Riyadh.”

Keith Smout, DS TECHEETAH Chief Commercial Officer : “The DS E-TENSE FE20 is a design evolution from our championship winning car. We wanted to stay true to our past and continue to celebrate and honour our success by keeping the now iconic gold and black livery whilst fighting for more titles. If you look closely, you can see that the pattern is made out of our cheetah head logo, which also nods to our continued efforts in supporting The Big Cat Sanctuary’s fight in saving the cheetahs and other big cats. A topic that is more pressing than ever and a cause that is close to our hearts.”

ANTONIO FELIX DA COSTA JOINS DS TECHEETAH

DS TECHEETAH are very proud to announce that Antonio Felix Da Costa will join the team on 1st October 2019. 

The 28-year-old Portuguese driver will take his take his long-term #13 for Season Six of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship that will commence on 23 November 2019 in Riyadh.

Antonio has raced in the championship since its inception, having contested 54 races where he achieved pole positions, podiums and two race wins (Buenos Aires and Riyadh). In the last season 2018/2019 Antonio Felix da Costa finished 6th overall.

Mark Preston, DS TECHEETAH Team Principal:

“It’s fantastic to have Antonio back with the team. He’s remained a close friend with all of us during his time away and we’re all looking forward to welcoming him home and to see him in the gold and black DS TECHEETAH colours. He will be a great, and fast, addition to the team and we’re all very excited to see what Jean-Eric and Antonio will deliver on track this coming year.”

Xavier Mestelan Pinon, DS Performance Director:

“I am particularly proud to welcome Antonio in our team. His experience in this discipline and his speed will be crucial in our pursuit of victories and titles. While awaiting the first race in Riyad, he will be able to commence several test sessions together with Jean-Eric and help us to improve our FE E-TENSE 20.”

Antonio Felix Da Costa, DS TECHEETAH Driver:

“Getting the opportunity to join a double championship winning team in such a highly competitive motorsport category like Formula E it’s very rare. It was a very hard decision to leave my current position but it’s an opportunity I just couldn’t say no to and I’m very excited to join Jean-Éric and everyone at DS TECHEETAH.”

Jean-Éric Vergne, DS TECHEETAH Driver:

“I’d like to extend a very warm welcome to Antonio. We’ve been friends for a long time, and we’ve been part of the same motorsport program in the past so it’s great to be able to work together again. He will be a great addition to the team.”

DS TECHEETAH AND JEAN-ÉRIC VERGNE DOUBLE WORLD CHAMPIONS

After an incredible season, DS TECHEETAH has today clinched the Teams’ Title and Jean-Éric Vergne has become the first double world champion in ABB FIA Formula E history.

After two nervrecking battles in Brooklyn’s Red Hook district, Jean-Éric kept it cool to cross the line as the 2018/2019 ABB FIA Formula E champion.

Mark Preston, DS TECHEETAH Team Principal: “This finale weekend couldn’t have started any worse with the incidents on track yesterday, and finished any better with the double titles today. People can call winning a championship once a flash in the pan, but to have done it twice is no mean feat and solidifies our position as front runners of the championship. I’d like to say a huge congrats to Jean-Éric and everyone in the team and back in the factory, because motorsport is truly a team sport in the end of the day. A team needs to run like a well oiled machine and ours is running like clock work.”

Xavier Mestalan Pinon, DS Performance Director: It’s been four years since we started our commitment in Formula E and we always had the goal of winning. Now it’s done, we are champions! We’re both Teams’ Champions with DS TECHEETAH and Drivers’ Champions with Jean-Éric Vergne. It’s historic and we are so proud! To achieve this level of performance you have to be in the right place at the right time and with the right people. Tonight this is done. The whole team should be very proud! We did it!”

Jean-Éric Vergne, Double Formula E World Champion: “Today has been just incredible. The weekend didn’t start in the way we expected and today wasn’t ideal but none of that matters now because we managed to get both championship titles. It’s still unreal to have become the first driver to be a double world champion and I can only thank my amazing team and everyone involved behind the scenes. This is for us!”

André Lotterer: “Huge congrats to JEV and to the whole DS TECHEETAH team. I’ve never experienced a team like this in my whole motorsport career before and everyone has deserved this double title win today. I wish I could have contributed to extending the gap even further but it wasn’t my weekend, that happens and the main thing is that we’re both Drivers’ and Teams’ champions!”

JEAN-ÉRIC VERGNE – THE KING OF BERN

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.

JEAN-ÉRIC VERGNE SECURES THIRD IN BERLIN TO EXTEND THE LEAD IN BOTH CHAMPIONSHIPS

DS TECHEETAH drivers Jean-Éric Vergne and André Lotterer pulled out all the stops in today’s race in the German capital, climbing through the pack towards the front from their start positions of P8 and P21 respectively. Jean-Éric finished the tenth round of the 2018/2019 ABB FIA Formula E Championship third, earning 15 points to extend a further championship lead in the fight for the Drivers’ title.

Despite a stellar drive up to P11 from the back after a mistake in qualifying, team-mate André suffered a battery issue and was forced to retire his car. The results from today have further propelled DS TECHEETAH in the Teams’ Championship title who are now 25 points ahead of its nearest rival.

Jean-Éric also leads the voestalpine European races with André in second.

Mark Preston, DS TECHEETAH Team Principal: “Our drivers presented another display of their incredible race craft today and we’re nothing but proud of them for their efforts. It’s great for both the team and for Jean-Éric to extend the lead in both championships even if it’s unfortunate for André to have been forced to retire after the battery issue. We’re quite confident he could have gone into the points which would have been a nice for him after this morning’s disappointment in the qualifying session where he missed the deadline to set his qualifying lap with one tenth of a second. “We’ve got a good feeling going into Bern in the lead of the Teams’ title and with our drivers in first and third, there’s everything left to play for.”

Xavier Mestelan Pinon, DS Performance Director:“Formula E has once again offered us a fantastic race full of twists and turns. At the end of this wonderful comeback for Jean-Éric, who once again finished on the podium, we are pleased to still be leading both championships. Today was a great result for DS Automobiles and the team here in Germany!”

Jean-Éric Vergne, P3: “Good day in Berlin today, I finished P3 and I’m still leading the championship. A massive thanks to the team as they worked really late to find the issue that we had on the car yesterday and to fix it for today. I had an amazing car and it was great fun to start from eighth and work myself up to the podium position. I absolutely loved it.”

André Lotterer, DNF: “It’s fair to say that today wasn’t the best day of my career. The race weekend started great yesterday when I was fastest in the practice session, but we made a mistake in the qualifying session today, meaning that I started from the back in the race.”

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.”