Formula E points leader says a hand injury affected his performance during the Rome ePrix, with the driver describing his fifth place as a ‘low weekend’.

 

Vergne sustained the injury during car swap practice in Rome, leading to a subdued run to fifth place in the race as title rival Sam Bird cut Vergne’s points lead with victory.

 

 

“I think I did the best I could [in Rome]. I nearly broke my finger, and I couldn’t turn in the left corners so there was no risk I could take,” said Vergne.

 

“In the left corners, basically I could not attack because if I would have had oversteer there was no way I would have been able to catch the car, and I would have ended up putting it in the wall. It was a low weekend but having a low weekend and still finishing fifth and scoring ten points; it’s not bad.”

 

Despite leading this season’s drivers’ championship, Vergne is yet to win his home ePrix, and the Parisian driver says his target is simply to leave Paris with ‘no regrets’ on Saturday night.

 

“Last year didn’t work out very well. I had a suspension failure, and I hit the wall. Hopefully this year nothing bad will happen. I’m not really here for the victory, a podium, top five or whatever, It’s very hard in Formula E to put targets on races,” said Vergne.

 

“The target is to have a clean weekend, no mistakes. I hate leaving the race with regrets, so the real aim is to leave on Saturday night and not have any regrets. 

 

Victories in Santiago and Punta del Este have propelled Vergne’s Techeetah team to the top of the standings, and despite their limited testing time, the Chinese owned team has scored more than twice the points of its power unit supplier Renault.

 

“Techeetah don’t have any tools to make any private testing. We only had three days in Valencia this year, and that’s all we have. We still don’t fully understand the whole car, but we’re just trying to maximise everything we know and do clean weekends without any mistakes,” said Vergne.

 

“Our little team, a private team, are able to outshine the masters which is a huge success for us.”

 

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