Berlin E-Prix – Formula E championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne says he will not ‘drop his weapons’ while racing others on track because of his points lead.
The Techeetah driver has a 40-point advantage after a podium finish in Berlin, which he scored after an intense battle with Renault e.dams’ Sebastien Buemi.
The pair squabbled for position in the first stint, and Buemi jumped Vergne with a quicker pit stop, but they made contact at Turn 1 when Buemi went wide and Vergne took the position from the 2015/16 champion.
“[The battle] was good fun,” Vergne said post-race, “He was quite aggressive, closing the door a lot. I saw an opportunity and went for it.
“I don’t what he was thinking. He knows that when there is a gap I’m going for it. I don’t know why he tried to turn when I was alongside, so there was no point.
“I may be in the title fight but nonetheless I’m not doing to drop my weapons. I’m here to race.
“I’m an aggressive driver but I never crash. I don’t do anything silly. I don’t want anyone to think that because I am going for the championship I am going to let them pass by or be nice to them. That’s not who I am.”
Buemi said after the race that he conceded to Vergne’s superior pace, but warned he should expect a tougher fight the next time they meet on track:
“He won the battle but next time he should not expect it to be like that,” he told Formula Spy.
“In the end he had a bit more pace than me so it’s been a bit tough I felt in some of the contact. I was a on the back foot because I was a bit slower. But I’m looking forward to next time because the next time I’ll go a bit harder. I will not care as much.
“I’m not going to complain because I got beaten but next time I’ll make sure for example when I go back in Turn 3 before the tunnel I could have dived in and we’d have had a massive contact and if I had to do it again I would do it. We would basically crash.”