10 Aug 20

DS Techeetah loves it when a plan comes together: The champions' Round 9 masterplan

Antonio Felix da Costa praised DS Techeetah’s 'pure teamwork' after its meticulously-prepared plan yielded the ultimate result in the Berlin E-Prix Round 9 yesterday as the Portuguese, and his team secured the Drivers’ and Teams’ titles, respectively.

Jean-Eric Vergne led da Costa home in a one-two to bring home the silverware, with the Frenchman also moving into second in the standings.

Meticulously planned

The two DS Techeetahs ran line-astern at the head of the pack for much of the race, with both drivers applying the team tactics they had cited before lights-out.

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In order to keep the Nissan e.dams pair behind, Julius Baer Pole Position man, and subsequent race leader Vergne, allowed da Costa to follow closely to conserve energy for deployment later in the encounter when the team felt sure the Nissans would launch their attack.

Race highlights | Round 9 | 2020 Berlin E-Prix

The Japanese outfit were DS Techeetah's closest Teams' Championship rivals whilst also embroiled in a tooth-and-nail fight for second spot with BMW i Andretti Motorsport, Mercedes-Benz EQ and Envision Virgin Racing.

With five minutes to run, as the race reached its crescendo and Nissan team-mates Sebastien Buemi and Oliver Rowland began to pile on the pressure, da Costa returned the favour - handing over the lead to Vergne and ensuring the pair finished one-two for the Teams' honours.

Pure teamwork

"We had a game plan and we executed it perfectly," said da Costa. "JEV and I have helped each other out. We were pushed all the way and it was super intense at the end. I had to cover JEV and I had to cover myself a few times too. It was pure teamwork."

“It’s hard to put together a plan like this with all the pressure going on,” added Team Principal Mark Preston. “It obviously turned out super smoothly. 

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“The Nissans were coming up behind us and they knew what we had to achieve, so they pushed really hard on us. Anything can happen in Formula E – it usually does – but it all came good in the end.

“Everyone was asking questions when we first got to Berlin about what we were doing, and all that time spent practicing was for this.”

Vergne also enjoyed seeing a carefully-honed plan come to fruition, having suggested earlier in the week that he'd be doing everything he could to help his team, and his team-mate in their bid for championships.

"It was all part of the strategy," he said. "I gave him more energy through the first laps then I let him by and caught some energy myself. The plan worked perfectly, as you saw!"

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