After securidang pole position in the ninth round of the ABB FIA Formula E 2018/2019 Championship, DS TECHEETAH driver Jean-Éric Vergne led from the start to take the win at the chequered flag in Monte Carlo.
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 team-mate André Lotterer in second. The team also extended its championship lead with valuable points from both drivers the 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 to win the Monaco E-Prix and I think we all enjoyed watching André’s fight from the back into the points. It is 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 does not 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 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 ninth race, we are leading the championship due 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 and I think we made the best out of 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. 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.”