Jean-Eric Vergne believes there is a new found confidence within the Techeetah team after they secured victory in Sanya after they endured a tough start to the season.
The reigning champion secured his first victory in Sanya and felt that the teams’ strong mentality helped him overcome his bad luck in the championship so far and secure a victory in his title defence.
“It felt really good to be back on the top step of the podium in Sanya,” said Vergne. “It’s been close a couple of times this season so being able to finally climb all the way up gave us a real confidence boost
“Racing isn’t just a physical game but it’s a mental one too and it is really hard work to keep the same mentality when you’re not getting the results you aim for.
“I’m lucky to have such a strong team around me as its when you don’t have the results that it’s more important than ever to stick together and move forward as a team, and that’s what we’ve done, so bring on Rome.”
Vergne’s team-mate Andre Lotterer is confident that Rome will benefit the Techeetah car.
“I had a nice podium and good speed in Rome last year,” said Lotterer. ” As a driver, you always want to improve and there’s only one way to improve our Rome race last year and that’s to come home with the winner’s trophy.
“The track is super fun and there’s a fun spot coming out of Turn 6 and up the hill after the Attack Mode zone, where the cars take off the ground as the elevation pans out and we hit the straight. With the close racing, we’ve seen this year so far, this could be an interesting spot to watch.”
Team Principal Mark Preston has been happy with the new partnership with DS this season, but the Brit feels there is still work to do to fully optimise their package.
“We’ve been back at base in Versailles to prepare and there is a really nice atmosphere in the team which is good .
“It’s never easy merging two successful teams like we have this year but we’re feeling the growing pains ease off and we’re coming together as a team more and more each week.
“We’re a really strong combination and the alliance between performance and avant-garde is starting to shine through,” said Preston.