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Vergne – Suspension issue costs us a chance of winning

Paris ePrix – Jean-Eric Vergne believes he could have won the race in Paris were it not for the suspension issue that led him to crash out.

In the early .Sp5rl!47rs of the second stint, Vergne had managed to close the gap to leader Sebastien Buemi. However, a suspension failure caused him to run into barrier at Turn 13, ending his race.

“The chance of winning was gone because I had worked so hard in the second stint to save a lot of energy, and I had more than Seb,” he said.

“Ok, it’s not fair to say I would have won but I was waiting for my chance later in the stint to attack.

“I was definitely faster than him in the second stint, considering how little energy I was consuming. Unfortunately a failure in the suspension, I don’t know exactly where, broke all those chances.

Vergne said that he felt something wrong in his steering in the laps before the incident:

“I had an indication. I had feelings the lap before. I had half a lap to the left, so in the corner I was full lock and in a straight the steering wasn’t straight.

It is the second race in a row that Vergne has failed to see the end of, as a collision with Nelson Piquet Jr cost him a potential podium place in Monaco.

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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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