Vergne extends Techeetah Formula E contract

Reigning Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne has extended his “long-term” contract with DS Techeetah.

Vergne joined Techeetah following its rebirth after Chinese company SECA bought Team Aguri at the end of the 2015/16 season, taking his maiden win in the final race of his first season.

He won the FE title in season four with Techeetah, which now has the manufacturer backing of DS Automobiles following its switch from Virgin Racing.

“First of all, I’d like to say a huge thanks to DS Techeetah for always having believed in me and for keeping their faith,” Vergne 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 a great for both me and the team as we can now look at a long-term strategy together. We are aiming for more success together as a team and this is just the beginning.”

Techeetah President Edmund Chu said: “We are delighted to announce that we have agreed a new long-term contract with Jean-Eric.

“He has played a crucial part in our success to date with the drivers’ championship title being a special moment for all of us. 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 wold-class drivers on board is essential for our continued goal of working toward further championship wins.”

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Chris Stevens

Chris is a member of the Autosport Academy and has been writing about motorsport professionally since 2015. He has been one of the top Formula E journalists since he went to Donington Park for pre-season testing a week after picking up his A-Level results.

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