TECHEETAH PROVES PACE IN PARIS
The TECHEETAH Formula E Team once again demonstrated its pace on the streets of Paris, as the only team to achieve the accolade of having both cars in Super Pole, with its drivers qualifying P2 and P4 for the Paris ePrix.
With both cars running in the points throughout the race, and Jean-Eric Vergne challenging for the lead from the start, the team unfortunately left the French capital without reward for its efforts due to a mechanical failure attributable to a broken steering rack (which had been replaced after Monaco) for Vergne on Lap 34, and a late safety car costing Esteban Gutierrez his P8 position after being awarded a 5 second penalty for speeding under a full course yellow.
However, the team showed real race-winning pace throughout the weekend and has many positives to take forward to the next race – a double-header in Berlin on 10th June.
“It was a tough end to the race after running so well at the front. It’s never nice to have a failure on the car but we’ll investigate the issue and make sure it doesn’t happen again. We can take positives from the pace we showed here and we’ll focus on getting the most out of the next race in Berlin.”
“We put in our best effort in the race. Unfortunately the result isn’t what we expected after the last two races, as I was struggling with pace during the race. It is disappointing to get the penalty, which is related to the fact that the car behind me was coming very quickly – I slowed down during the Full Course Yellow countdown, but unfortunately not enough.”
“We’ll be investigating what happened to Jean-Eric over the coming days to understand exactly what happened, and will also be looking into why Esteban dropped in his race pace. He was still on course for points but fell foul of his first Full Course Yellow in a race and didn’t slow down enough during the countdown along with other drivers – which many drivers have had problems with before.”
“There are positives to take from this race though. We were the only team to have both drivers in Super Pole, which confirms our qualifying pace and Jean-Eric was only 0.006 seconds off Buemi’s time as it means we can match him, and that’ll be our challenge for the next race in Berlin.”
TECHEETAH Formula E team currently stands sixth at the halfway stage in the Constructors’ Championship with a total of 45 points in its debut season, with six races remaining.
TECHEETAH Formula E Team is one of 10 teams competing in the FIA Formula E Championship. Owned by Chinese sports marketing and management company SECA, TECHEETAH is the only private entry in the series.
Fielding Jean-Eric Vergne and Esteban Gutierrez, the team has already scored two 2nd place podiums and currently sits sixth in the Team Standings in its debut season.
Headquartered in Shanghai, SECA is a leading Chinese sports marketing and management company specializing in sports talent representation, event management and content/IP development. The company’s investors include China Media Capital (CMC) Holdings and member of the NBA Hall of Fame, Yao Ming.
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