Paris, France|19 May, 2017

JEV: “Piquet clash was just racing”

Jean-Eric Vergne has played down his collision with Nelson Piquet Jr in Monaco, stating that the accident was just racing.

Speaking at the pre-race press conference for the Qatar Airways Paris ePrix, the TECHEETAH driver said: “I don’t regret it. I am this type of driver that doesn’t stay behind when I’m faster, and that’s what made my career also, to be aggressive. Every time I overtake and never crash, it was maybe the first time I crashed overtaking and I think I got a bit of help from Nelson in that respect and if it was intentional or not intentional, I don’t mind. And at the end of the day it’s racing.”

JEV was second in last year’s Paris race and he’s determined to go all out for his maiden Formula E win on Saturday.

“I think it is my best race of the year,” he said. “The city of Paris has done an incredible job to organize a race in such a big city. Everybody has a strong chance in Formula E, we may have different engines, different powertrains, but they are all very similar, some have some weaknesses compared to the others. The Paris track is not the kind of track we have been to except Hong Kong – really bumpy, narrow, difficult to drive – so we’ll see how it goes. 

Last year’s winner Lucas di Grassi is keen to repeat his performance, but reckons that this year’s field is even more competitive.

“The track here is really amazing, very technical,” he said. “For sure we are going to try to do what we did last year, but the championship is very different. New rivals, rivals with better equipment and it’s going to be tricky to pull it off, but that’s what we will try to do.”

The Qatar Airways Paris ePrix starts at 4pm (local time) for details of how to watch the race, click here >> http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/championship/tv-schedule/