Jean-Eric Vergne is hopeful that he can have an incident-free race in Hong Kong after struggling to have a clean race in season five so far.
The reigning champion had a tough time in Mexico City after his Techeetah car failed to qualify at the front of the pack which left them in the midfield where they are more susceptible to collisions which happened to Vergne after he was hit from behind by Mitch Evans.
“All I want is a clean, incident-free race. Being in the middle of the pack has really caused us issues so far this season and I’m keen to show off the pace in the car and all we need is a clean race to do so.”
Vergne is currently 8th in the driver’s championship after the first four races of the season with 28 points, 25 points behind championship leader Jerome D’Ambrosio. Vergne has also failed to score points in the last two ePrix’s.
Team Principal Mark Preston is confident that the team have made progress to the car in the Mexico City test that will help get the team back on track for the final two-thirds of the season.
“Hong Kong has been good to us in the past, it’s a track that we know and that we like so it will be good to come back. We’ve been quite unlucky the last couple of races have been at the receiving end of some accidents, so we don’t feel like we’ve been able to show our strength just yet. Hopefully, it will be a clean race and we can secure a strong result.
“We had a good test in Mexico where we found some things to improve and look at so it will be interesting to see how this works out at the next race. Having the additional in-season test has been a big help to understand the new generation car and what we have to look extra at with the DS E-TENSE FE19 to optimise it. As we saw in Season Four with the Marrakesh test, it was a game changer so let’s see how it will impact the paddock this time.”