Jean-Eric Vergne’s love affair with the city of Montreal continued on Sunday as he ended a five-year win drought, finally hitting the top step of the Formula E podium.
Despite having four pole positions and six second-place finishes to his name in Formula E, Vergne was yet to win a race prior to Sunday’s season three finale in Montreal
Vergne was able to overhaul Felix Rosenqvist by going one lap longer on his first stint and making the most of his extra energy, coming home to pick up Techeetah’s first victory.
“Finally! It feels amazing, I’m so happy,” Vergne told Current E after the race.
“It’s been a great weekend. I love Montreal, every year in Formula 1 it has been a great race. I did my best result in F1 in Montreal, and it’s my first win in Formula E in Montreal. It’s amazing.
“I’m so happy also for the team. It’s our first year together. It’s been a hard season, a lot of up and downs, always had the speed and could never quite get it together. Finally we were able to do it this weekend.
“Everybody worked so hard this year. To finally have this win will put everyone in a very good mindset for the summer break, and we’ll come back even stronger next year.”
The result marked Vergne’s first win in any senior racing series, with his most recent success coming at Paul Ricard in a 2011 Formula Renault 3.5 round.
“Don’t remind me about it…” Vergne said when given the stat. “It seems ages!
“I guess I forgot what it felt like. I’m not ready to forget again. I think it will give me extra motivation to do that again as soon as possible, as soon as we race again.”