Jean Eric Vergne became only the second driver to win his home ePrix as the Frenchman took victory in today’s ABB FIA Formula E race in Paris on Saturday afternoon. Sam Bird is the only other driver to have won his home race in London.
Vergne who led the race from lights now leads his closest championship rival Sam Bird by 31 points and speaking following the race he said:
It was the race I wanted to win this year and to have done it in such a good way today from pole position was absolutely amazing – I couldn’t be happier, especially with my birthday this week. We’re racing in the most beautiful city in the world, we have the best location on the Formula E calendar. Paris has done a great job in creating an event seeing how many fans there were here today. I’m happy that the Mayor of Paris is backing us to keep moving forward with the championship. I don’t think about the title yet, it’s too far away, and I take one race after another – anything can happen in Formula E. I don’t want the team to think they can relax, and I will still push them very hard until the very last race.
Audi Sport’s Lucas Di Grassi who finished in second place commented by saying:
“I had another good run today. It was a shame about qualifying, as I missed super pole by five-thousandths of a second and it was super tight. In my first stint I took a conservative approach, I did two laps more than the leaders. I tried to catch-up when Andre overtook Sam and used that opportunity to pass him – but I saw he was overconsuming on every lap in front of me, so I knew he was going to have to lift a lot or he was going to run out of energy. It’s my 23rd podium in Formula E – I’m super happy to be on the podium again and scoring points in every single race after the car was fixed. So we have to move up and win our home race for Audi in a couple of weeks.”
DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird who finished the race in third place praised his title rival Jean Eric Vergne saying:
JEV drove a very smart race – I think there were times when he was trying to back me into Andre, but fair play he had his team-mate behind. If he could use him, I’m sure he would’ve liked to have used him to create a buffer as he is fighting me for the title currently. With regard to the last lap, we had discussed that you cannot move under braking, you cannot do a late swerve when people are obviously going to be overtaking – it’s not correct. I believe what we saw today from [Andre] Lotterer is not correct. I had a bit of it in Punta, it’s too aggressive and he needs to be told.”