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Vergne, Lotterer become DS test drivers

Formula E championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne and his Techeetah team-mate Andre Lotterer have become test drivers for DS.

DS is currently in a technical partnership with Virgin Racing, but the Citroen subdivision is set to move to Techeetah for the 2018/19 season, which will be the first with Gen2 machinery.

Stephane Sarrazin completed the two group manufacturer tests of the Gen2 car for DS at Monteblanco and Calafat, but has handed over to Vergne and Lotterer for the 15 days of private testing of the DS-ETENSE FE 19.

“Our Formula E programme is gaining momentum. Even as we continue to battle for this season’s remaining race wins and the 2017/2018 titles, development of DS E-TENSE FE 19 is moving forward fast,” said Xavier Mestelan Pinon, DS Performance director on Autosport.

“The technical features we decided to incorporate at the design stage of our new Gen2 all-electric car have all been signed off during the first tests.

“We are now starting the development of the different organs. For this, we needed experienced and fast drivers, and who better for that than the one who is leading the championship.

“Their feedback is very positive. They confirm we are working in the right direction.”

As Techeetah is a customer team it was not privy to the group manufacturer tests in March and April, so Vergne and Lotterer was their first experience in the Gen2 when its private testing commences.

“It’s been great to experience DS E-TENSE FE 19 and I’m grateful for the opportunity to do so,” Vergne said.

“In Formula E, we have very limited time in the car so any opportunity to have some track time is extremely valuable.

“As a customer team, we do not have our own Gen2 car yet, so when the opportunity arose to test the Gen2 car, we simply couldn’t say no.”

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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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