“The [Covid-19] situation last year made us realise that there are greater things in life, and we could feel very fortunate that we were able to race. May the best driver win. It’s not going to change my friendship with him: as long as we stay respectful with each other on the track, that’s all I ask from a team-mate.”
It might not sound like a love story between the two team-mates, but as long as the pair continue to coexist, it should enable DS Techeetah to keep its focus on ensuring DS’s Formula E love story continues. Not that Vergne expects the firm’s continued commitment to give it an edge over those manufacturers who have announced they will break up with the series at the end of this year.
“While it’s amazing for the team to know that DS is in it for the long-term, the other firms will be pushing to beat us,” he says. “Even if DS were leaving Formula E, it would still do everything to try to win. It’s going to be extremely tight again this year.”
Who will be strong this year?
While DS Techeetah starts the season as the team to beat, with its pair of champions, expect the competition to be even closer this year.
Stoffel Vandoorne finished runner-up in the points in Mercedes-Benz’s first full works campaign and, with experience, the German firm should fight at the front more consistently. The ever-present Nissan e.Dams squad, with its former champion Sébastien Buemi, will also likely figure strongly.