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Vergne announces long-term contract with Techeetah

Jean-Eric Vergne has signed a long-term contract with Techeetah, as the team have announced ahead of the opening race of the 2018-19 Formula E season.

The reigning FE champion, who owns shares in th team, has driven for Techeetah since 2016.

In the two seasons they have already run together, Vergne has claimed five victories, four of which came in his title-winning campaign last year.

Vergne confirmed his long-term commitment to the team ahead of his third season with the Chinese squad.

I’d like to say a huge thanks to DS Techeetah for always having believed in me and for keeping their faith,” he said.

DS Techeetah has been my home and my family for the last couple of seasons so it’s fantastic to be able to continue racing together with them.

"We achieved something incredible last season winning the drivers’ title, and everyone is hungry for more. There are so many variables in racing so having the contract extended now is great for both me and the long-term strategy together. We are aiming for more success together as a team and this is just the beginning.”

Vergne had spent two years in FE before Techeetah joined the championship as a Renault customer team in 2016. Since moving to the new team, he’s played an important role in developing the squad, something DS Techeetah president Edmund Chu hopes will continue.

“He has played a crucial part in our success to date with the drivers’ championship title being a special moment for us,” he said. “Jean-Eric has been with us since season three and he’s been an important pillar in building the team together with the management, and we’re very excited about being able to announce our continued partnership.

“Having two world-class drivers on board is essential for our continued goal of working towards further championship wins.”

Andre Lotterer will continue with the team for the 2018-19, but the team is yet to confirm who will partner Vergne in season six.

Vergne is the second driver to be confirmed for next season, with Porsche having announced Neel Jani earlier today.

 

Image courtesy of DS Techeetah.

Bethonie Waring

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