After creating history by scoring Formula E’s first ever one-two finish for Techeetah. Both Jean-Eric Vergne and Andre Lotterer have reflected on a dramatic race in Santiago.
The two drivers were battling for the lead of the race and actually collided with five laps remaining which allowed Sebastien Buemi, Felix Rosenqvist and Sam Bird to close up on the two Techeetah drivers.
Despite the contact, race winner Vergne felt the racing between the teammates was fair as they fought tooth and nail for victory.
“I was doing the race one lap longer because of the safety car that’s why I had a huge amount of pushing from my team-mate,” explained Vergne. ” Andre was on a different strategy to me, but I think it was fair racing – at one point we did collide but there was nothing really we could do, I decided to go on the inside and he went differently so we just collided. I think we had eight wheels locked actually, so I’m extremely lucky. It’s the first one-two in the history of Formula E!”
“Apart from that, the race was great for us, I qualified first and won the race, it cannot get any better. I think the first stint was really good and then after a few laps in the second car, my lap trigger activated one extra lap. I have no idea how it happened, but it must have been down to the safety car period we had so we will have to have a closer look at it,” added Vergne.
Lotterer getting stronger
After the race, Lotterer felt relieved that he finally scored a positive result for the team after a tough start to the season. The German driver admitted he is still learning how to be competitive in Formula E.
“I’m extremely happy about how I performed in Santiago. The first two races probably looked worse than they were but it was promising on pace in the race.
“I only tested three days in Valencia, so it takes time. These guys have a lot of experience, and there are no bad drivers. I’ve been working hard, the team has helped me a lot to do some work in the simulator, I’m really happy to be JEV’s team-mate as he’s helped me a lot as well.
“I’ had good pace all weekend, in qualifying, it went well, I may have hit the wall a bit but I went for it, so that’s what matters! I’m still finding my way in the car, the race and to overtake – it’s a different world to anything I am used to, but I will get there and Santiago felt like the first piece of the puzzle,” added Lotterer.
Techeetah’s first one-two has helped the team move into first in the team’s championship with 89 points, while Vergne now leads the driver’s championship with 71 points, five points clear of Rosenqvist.