Techeetah-DS alliance

Vergne: Rivals should care about Techeetah-DS alliance

Jean-Eric Vergne says his Formula One opponents should be “worried” about Techeetah’s improvement in joining DS Automobiles next season

Jean-Eric Vergne won the 2017/18 Formula E title with Techeetah using a Renault force unit as the only private team in the category.

The Techeetah lost the team championship by only two points to Audi and last month confirmed their partnership with DS for next season.

Having now the support of a manufacturer, the Techeetah may have 15 days of private testing for the fifth season, unlike the three days it previously had to be a private team.

In addition to the increased number of testing days, Vergne believes the benefits of having the support of a factory will also significantly increase Techeetah’s budget.

“You have to see what we did this year as a private team, with the smallest budget and no tests, imagine what we can do with a manufacturer, 15 days of testing and probably more budget. rivals of Techeetah) should be concerned. ”

Vergne also thinks the Techeetah should be proud of its performance in season four, despite the disappointment of losing the team championship in the last race in New York.

The Frenchman’s win in the second race of the event was not enough because Audi’s second and third places secured the title, while Andre Lotterer, team-mate Vergne, finished ninth after receiving a ten-second penalty for burning the start.

But what we have done as a small team, being the only private team, not a manufacturer like the giant Audi, is absolutely sensational and they must be extremely proud of what they did. ”

“Next year, with a manufacturer, with more budget, we should do it very well.”

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