DS E-TENSE FE21 especially competitive in Valencia
DS TECHEETAH was once again among the front-runners in Spain, dominating the first race in particular, but was unable to secure the large haul of points its strong performance warranted.
Sometimes, you need a bit of luck in motorsport. At the Valencia E-Prix double-header, contested on the permanent race track adapted to the requirements of the Formula E World Championship, DS TECHEETAH was decidedly short on this precious commodity. After securing pole position for race one, Antonio Felix Da Costa dominated proceedings on the wet track, leading until the last lap. However, he was unable to convert his dominance into a win after a misunderstanding about the amount of energy available for this race led to his disqualification. Meanwhile, Jean-Eric Vergne finished ninth, having moved up through the field from twelfth on the starting grid.
On Sunday, Jean-Eric Vergne and Antonio Felix Da Costa were among the first drivers to head out in qualifying (due to their position high up in the championship standings) on a drying track. They did not therefore enjoy the best conditions and were only able to qualify in seventh and twelfth respectively. In the race itself, Vergne celebrated his thirty-first birthday by finishing in seventh position, after running as high as fourth, whilst Da Costa finished outside of the points after serving a drive-through penalty due to inappropriate use of his “Attack Mode”.
“Our drivers had the required speed to move up the field,” analysed Thomas Chevaucher, Director of DS Performance. “But energy management is difficult in Valencia. It’s also a track that is hard on tyres and that’s probably the problem JEV had. As regards Antonio, he inadvertently triggered his Attack Mode when he was jostling for position with other drivers. And as you can only activate this mode a limited number of times, he ended up getting penalised… Nevertheless, we scored some important points for the championship and we’re still in the fight to defend our titles!” DS TECHEETAH will therefore certainly be a force to be reckoned with at the next round, the Monaco E-Prix (8 May).
Jean-Eric Vergne managed to pick up some precious points, putting him in seventh position in the championship standings, just ten points behind the third-placed driver. Meanwhile, Antonio Felix Da Costa lies ten points behind his team-mate. In the teams’ standings, DS TECHEETAH is just one point adrift of third place.