Jean-Eric Vergne finally achieved a goal he set out for this season of becoming the Formula E 2017/2018 champion which he sealed in New York.
Vergne had to overcome adversity in the first race in New York after his lap time was deleted in qualifying, forcing the Frenchmen to start from the back.
The Techeetah driver saved energy in the opening laps making very little progress but then used that saved energy to start an overtaking spree. Vergne finished the race in fifth and with Sam Bird in ninth, the 28-year-old became the fourth Formula E Champion in four years.
“I can’t believe it – what a crazy race – god it feels good!” rejoiced Vergne. “Really I have no idea what it means to me to be champion. I need more time to process it – all I know is that it’s a good feeling.
“When I crossed the line I honestly didn’t know I had won. My engineer told me, ‘I guess we’ve done it,’, so I said, ‘what do you mean?’ Then Lotterer went past me and clapped, so I knew something was up. When I found out I was speechless.”
“I enjoyed the race, but obviously, it was very tough. Some drivers were quite hard and overconsumed energy to try and not let me by. It was actually really complicated, a real fight unlike in Zurich – today, the drivers were tougher!”
“I guess still having the race tomorrow – I cannot completely relax. I can’t go crazy tonight, so on the Sunday night when everything will be over… I will be able to enjoy it to the full extent. I have waited the whole season for this,” concluded Vergne.
It has been a long time since Jean-Eric Vergne’s first title in single-seaters, which was winning the British Formula 3 Championship back in 2010.