17 Jun 2020
Current leader of the ABB FIA FORMULA E championship Driver and Team classifications, DS TECHEETAH will be on the starting grid on 5 August with the objective of winning new titles!
After a ‘forced break’ from season 6, DS Automobiles and its partner TECHEETAH will on the Formula E championship’s starting grids on 5 August 2020 in Berlin for six races (5-6 August, 8-9 August, 12-13 August) without spectators which will close a championship that has been very disrupted. At the wheel of the two DS E-TENSE FE20s, Jean-Eric Vergne, double Formula E champion and 2018/2019 winner, and Antonio Félix Da Costa, current leader of the Driver classification. Also at the top of the Team ranking, the DS TECHEETAH team will compete in these last races of the season with the firm intention of winning new titles.
Despite the turmoil linked to the coronavirus pandemic, the drivers and the team have been actively preparing for this return to the championship’s starting grids for more than three months.
Over the past few weeks, the engineers have focused on optimising the DS E-TENSE FE20’s on-board systems but they have also worked on the racing strategy which will, once again, be key in winning the Driver and Team championships. The drivers stepped up training in the racing simulator at the end of lockdown.
Although the team is fully focused on the end of this season, it is also planning for the future with the first scheduled trials of the brand-new powertrain which will be approved for next season.
Xavier Mestelan-Pinon, DS Performance director: ‘The competition is resuming in a unique atmosphere with a very strict health protocol, but our motivation to win new titles is as strong as ever! The team has done a great job and we are going to fight to write DS into Formula E folklore again! ’
Jean-Eric Vergne, DS TECHEETAH driver and DS ambassador: ‘It is a bit of a complicated end to the season, but I am really looking forward to racing again! We will focus on making no mistakes because there are a lot of points to get. In any case, we have got everything we need to win! ’
Antonio Felix Da Costa, DS TECHEETAH driver: ‘I am delighted to be racing again! It is a very strange time for the whole world, but it is good to be back on the starting grid. The championship is resuming with us in the lead, but it is important to remember that half the season will take place in just six days. We have trained really hard to be ready, and we will arrive in Berlin with a winning mindset! ’