The Techeetah team has unveiled its DS E-TENSE FE19 car, the first of its new partnership with French manufacturer DS, at the team’s based in Versailles this morning.
Now officially titled DS Techeetah, the Chinese owned team will become a works manufacturer outfit this season after confirming its long-rumoured partnership with DS Automobiles at the end of July.
In only its second season competing in Formula E, the Techeetah team stunned its rivals last season by finishing just two points behind Audi in the teams’ championship, while Jean-Eric Vergne secured his first Formula E drivers’ title at the double-header season final in New York.
Vergne, who secured four victories and led the team’s first ever 1-2 finish in Santiago, said at the event, “I’m incredibly happy to continue another year with the team. After winning the 2017/2018 drivers’ title and now with the addition of DS this season, we are even stronger, and it should be a great year.
“It is a very exciting time for the championship with the Gen2 car entering the all-electric street racing championship and we can expect is a new level of competition and excitement.”
Andre Lotterer was confirmed as Vergne’s teammate for a second consecutive season. The German improved steadily since his debut in Hong Kong in December 2017, securing podium finishes in Santiago and Rome, and forming a strong partnership with Vergne both on and off track.
Lotterer said, ”We have a really strong team and I feel we can achieve great things together. With my previous experience, I know how important it is to have everyone under the same roof when you work towards the same goal, so it’s a great asset for us coming into the season ahead.”
Japanese Super Formula driver James Rossiter has been retained as the team’s development drivers, alongside European F3 driver Guanyu Zhou.
Image Credit: DS Techeetah
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