DS Techeetah driver Jean-Eric Vergne revealed he’d rather finish second than throw championship points away at the end of the Swiss E-Prix.
Vergne- who claimed pole position- was in a race-long battle with Jaguar Racing driver Mitch Evans.
In the closing stages of the race, the rain began to fall and Vergne decided not to take any risks if Evans went for a late lunge to take the lead of the race.
“At the end with the rain it was really stressful.,” said Vergne. “I had to be careful because I’d rather finish second than in the wall for the championship, I was, of course, trying to win the race, but also being extra cautious.”
Vergne’s victory in Bern has extended both the lead in the drivers’ championships as well as the teams’ championship. The Frenchmen now has a 32 point gap in front of Lucas di Grassi in second.
But, Team Principal Mark Preston knows the championships aren’t secured yet.
“We may have extended both with 32 and 43 respectively,” said Preston. “But even though it may seem much, it’s not a comfortable lead in Formula E. There are two more races to go in the double-header finale and there’s everything left to play for.”
The weekend in Bern was not as successful for team-mate Andre Lotterer.
The German driver crossed the line in fourth but a 22-second penalty for ignoring the pit exit light meant he finished in 14th.
“It was a shame to receive such a harsh penalty in the end after having fought so hard together with my engineers to climb up the pack, it has for sure put a downer on things as the points for fourth would have been invaluable for my title hunt,” he said.
Lotterer is determined to go to New York and finish the season in a more positive manner.
“Nevertheless, now we keep our heads down and prepare New York for a comeback and to end the season on a high.”