DS TECHEETAH CELEBRATES FIRST DOUBLE PODIUM AND ANTONIO FELIX DA COSTA’S FIRST WIN FOR THE TEAM
DS TECHEETAH took their first double podium today under the Moroccan sun seeing Antonio Felix da Costa claim his first win with the team and his third career win in the championship and team-mate Jean-Éric Vergne in third. This put DS TECHEETAH and Antonio on top of the standings at the chequered flag.
The fifth round of the ABB FIA Formula E championship truly showcased the pace of the DS E-TENSE FE20 race cars and the calibre of the two DS TECHEETAH drivers seeing Antonio lead from pole to the top step of the podium. Having had a rough start to the championship and to this race weekend, the crowds watch Jean-Éric Vergne start from P11 and work his way 9 positions all the way up to P2. As ever, Formula E is an energy game and to be able to cross the line with enough energy, he had to settle for P3, scoring 15 championship points to slot into seventh place in the Drivers’ championship.
Mark Preston, DS TECHEETAH Team Principal:
“I can’t say much more than how proud I am of our drivers and the whole team today. Relentless efforts from everyone has put us at the lead of both championships and put JEV back in a place to fight for another championship title. Now we need to make sure we continue riding this wave all the way to London and the final rounds of the Season Six championship.”
Xavier Mestelan Pinon, DS Performance Director:
“Thanks to this wonderful victory from Antonio and to the incredible 3rd place of Jean-Éric we are now leading both championships! The team worked a lot since Mexico and we made very ambitious changes to the DS E-TENSE FE20, which allowed us to achieve our goals. I would like to thank the whole team and the drivers for their exceptional effort today. London is still far away, but, as I have said since the start of the season, we are there to defend our titles and we have the means to do it.”
Antonio Felix Da Costa, P1:
“I’m super, super happy with that pole position and race win it was amazing! We are definitely on a run. I’m even more happy how the all team is reacting to various situations and how hungry everyone is to win, so massive hats off to the all team and also to JEV for his drive today. Two cars on the podium after he has such a hard day yesterday its really cool. So really, really pleased with our team work today.”
Jean-Éric Vergne, P3:
“This was definitely my most difficult weekend in Formula E. Nevertheless, the team did a very good job preparing the car, so I felt like I was in a good place when I jumped in this morning after missing FP1 yesterday. I did a good qualifying lap despite the circumstances, only three tenths off and in the race, I just went for it. At some point I asked my engineer about my position as I couldn’t believe I was up in P4 by then, the race just flew by and it’s so good to finally be back on the podium but now I will need some time to recover before the next race.”
Sara Hernmarck, PR Manager DS Techeetah team – Communications Manager
Nathalie Dumas, DS PERFORMANCE - Communications Manager
Kevin Jones – Head of Communications, DS Automobiles - UK Communications
ABOUT DS TECHEETAH
TECHEETAH Formula-E team is a Chinese racing team in the all-electric street racing series, ABB FIA Formula E. The team is owned by SECA (Shanghai) Limited.
The team won the 2017/2018 Drivers' Championship title with Jean-Éric Vergne and together with André Lotterer, the team secured second place in the Teams' Championship in the 2017/2018 season of Formula E. Since the 2018/2019 season of the all-electric championship, TECHEETAH partnered with DS Automobiles to become DS TECHEETAH.
The team won the 2018/2019 Teams’ Championship and Drivers' Championship title with Jean-Éric Vergne.
ABOUT CHINA MEDIA CAPITAL (CMC)
China Media Capital ("CMC"), founded and chaired by Ruigang Li, is one of the most prestigious names in media and entertainment investment and operation in China and global markets. CMC has created and grown a number of champions and emerging leaders in the sectors of media and entertainment, Internet and mobile, and life style, covering film, television, music, sports, location-based entertainment, financial media, financial data service, online-video, smart TV, advertising, social network, game, online-education, e-commerce, O2O and etc.
Headquartered in Shanghai, SECA is a leading Chinese sports marketing and management company specializing in sports talent representation, event management and content/IP development. The company's investors include China Media Capital (CMC) Holdings and member of NBA Hall of Fame, Yao Ming.
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Driven by the avant-garde spirit and backed by an exceptional heritage of the 1955 DS, DS Automobiles, launched in 2015, aims to embody French luxury savoir-faire in the automotive industry. DS Automobiles is the PSA Group's Premium brand.
Designed for customers seeking personal expression and eager for the latest technologies, the second-generation DS models combine refinement and advanced technology. With the SUVs DS 7 CROSSBACK and DS 3 CROSSBACK, the DS brand is launching a range of six worldwide vehicles, all offered in electrified versions under the E-TENSE signature.
For its demanding customers, DS Automobiles has created ‘ONLY YOU, the DS experience’, its exclusive service program for a unique brand experience.
The DS brand has created and is developing an exclusive distribution network that includes DS STORES and DS SALONS throughout the world.