Proud Vergne revels in double Techeetah podium

Photo: Lou Johnson/Spacesuit Media

Jean-Eric Vergne made no secret of his pride after his Techeetah team scored its first double podium finish in Formula E in Saturday’s opening leg of the New York City ePrix.

Vergne battled his way to second place behind DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird, while teammate Stephane Sarrazin rose from 11th on the grid to take third in the dying moments of the race.

The result marked Techeetah’s biggest points haul since its Formula E debut at the start of the year, and, in Vergne’s eyes, proved its progression since Hong Kong.

“I think we’ve worked really hard throughout the season, and it’s the first team podium with both teammates. We’ve come from very far away, and today was a great race,” Vergne said.

“I’m sure the guys must feel very proud in my team. That’s what I feel most happy about.”

Despite hounding Bird in the closing states, Vergne was unable to make a pass and claim his maiden Formula E victory, with a slow start and late safety car working against the Frenchman.

“I believe the start cost me the win. I don’t know what’s wrong with the start in here, but they decided to put pole position on the off-line of the track, which is extremely dirty,” Vergne said.

“Basically everyone who started on the left-hand side lost a position to the guys on the right. So for tomorrow I guess if you want to win the race or at least be first in the first corner, you need to start second. I wouldn’t call this motorsport.

“Then I had to have a pretty safe beginning of the race. I lost some positions, but I knew I would get them back later. That’s what I did. I finished the first stint in second position, then I pushed quite hard trying to save more energy than this guy. I did a good job, not making any mistakes.

“I think the safety car ruined my chance to at least have a go at him. I had FanBoost, and in terms of energy I was pretty good. But the safety car came.

“Big congratulations to my ex-teammate, Sam, I think he drove a fantastic race and he deserved the win today.”

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