14 Dec 18

Contract extension for JEV ahead of 2018 SAUDIA Ad Diriyah E-Prix

After a record 2017/18 season, which saw DS Techeetah's Jean-Eric Vergne clinch the championship title in the penultimate round of the season, the Franco-Chinese team has confirmed a "new long-term contract" with the 28-year-old French driver.  

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

"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 world-class drivers on board is essential for our continued goal of working toward further championship wins.”

Vergne moved to DS Techeetah after a stint with the Virgin Racing squad in the 2016/17 season. Despite the fresh start, it wasn't until the final round of the season that he finally made his breakthrough with an emotional maiden win in Montreal. Remaining with the team for the 2017/18 season, JEV's success continued as the four wins and six podiums turned into his first Formula E championship title at the New York City finale.

“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," said JEV. 

"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. But first, we have the Ad Diriyah E-Prix tomorrow and it’s going to be very exciting to see where we end up," he added. 

JEV will partner Andre Lotterer for a third season with DS Techeetah as the team takes to the track at the 2018 SAUDIA Ad Diriyah E-Prix. Tune in here.