16 Apr 21
- FAN ZONE
After clinching the Drivers' and Teams' titles at the end of a stunning Season 6, Sino-French team DS TECHEETAH looks to assert its authority and scoop top honours in Formula E's first campaign as an FIA World Championship, with reigning champion Antonio Felix da Costa returning alongside double champion Jean-Eric Vergne in 2020/21 season.
First entering into the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in the 2016/17 season, after taking over the entry previously held by Team Aguri, reigning champions DS TECHEETAH faces its fourth campaign in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship with frontman Jean-Eric Vergne and new recruit Antonio Felix da Costa behind the wheel of the DS E-TENSE FE20.
In the team's debut season, Frenchman Vergne led the outfit to a fifth-place finish overall. Building on a respectable start, the team drafted in former World Endurance Championship winner and Le Mans champion Andre Lotterer for 2017/18. With JEV and Lotterer in place, the two became a formidable force, bringing home the series' first-ever one-two finish after a dramatic showdown on the streets of Santiago.
From that moment, the team strode from strength to strength, challenging Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler for the title all the way down to the wire in the 2017/18 season, eventually falling just two points short.
Back with real bite for the 2018/19 season, the team gained the backing of French manufacturer DS. A new powertrain arrived inside the DS E-Tense FE.19 and the team dominated, clinching the Teams' title in the New York season finale. Like other manufacturers in Formula E, DS is able to test, develop and refine the latest all-electric powertrain technology on the race track, which finds its way into DS' electric road cars and vehicles.
DS TECHEETAH took Teams' honours in the Season 6 Berlin finale, having secured four wins in five by Round 9 of the season. That included a record-equalling three on the spin at the hands of Drivers' Champion Antonio Felix da Costa between Round 5 in Marrakesh and Round 7 in Berlin, plus one via 2018/19 title-winner Jean-Eric Vergne.
That's three back-to-back Drivers' crowns and two Teams' titles now for the Sino-French outfit, so why change a thing? Da Costa and JEV are back for Season 7, but can Vergne close the gap after his teammate's searing end to the 2019/20 campaign and will DS remain the benchmark?