MIXED RESULTS FOR TECHEETAH IN MONACO
Monaco, May.13th, 2017 . On lap 21 of the 2017 Monaco ePrix , Jean-Eric Vergne made contact with Nelson Piquet Jr. while fighting for 3rd place. Jean-Eric Vergne retired as a result. After being fastest in group qualifying, this is a disappointing result for the French driver. Esteban Gutierrez showed great improvement in his second race. After overtaking two cars on the tight streets of Monaco, he eventually finished P8.
“I don’t have a personal view on the incident. When I was alongside with him at the exit, he didn’t leave me any room. I could follow the pack in the race while saving a lot of energy. I would not say the win was possible because there were still two cars to pass, but a podium was within reach. I am happy for Esteban again finished in the points. Two races and two points finish is very good progress The performance today was amazing up until the incident and operation wise also a clean weekend. So I am looking forward to my home race next weekend.”
“Very positive race. I would say there is still some room for improvement but this is only my second day in the car. I am getting more and more comfortable with the characteristic of the car. I hope we can get a clean weekend . Hopefully without the technical problem we had today which compromised qualifying. I am confident we can fight at the front in the future.”
“We came to Monaco on a high after Jean-Eric Vergne’s second consecutive podium in Mexico and Esteban’s P10 finish on his debut. Jean-Eric went quickest in Group Qualifying proving the pure pace in the car. The race got off to a good start with both drivers holding their positions. Jean-Eric started applying pressure on Nelson Piquet Jr. and got alongside a few times but ultimately came off worse off after a great overtaking maneuver on Piquet which was ultimately judged as a racing incident by the stewards. Esteban did a great job on energy management. He also overtook two cars to finish P8. Finishing the first two races inside the points is really positive progress. Up until the incident both drivers held themselves well and the speed was clearly there. All these positive signs give us lots of hope on the Paris ePrix.”