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  • Heat was the major challenge facing competitors in round 4 of the ABB FIA Formula E world championship held in Sao Paulo

  • After another strong showing in qualifying, Jean-Éric Vergne and Stoffel

  • Vandoorne finished seventh and eighth respectively, bringing home another solid points haul for DS Automobiles

  • The DS Penske team thus leaves Brazil lying third in the Teams classification, while Jean-Éric Vergne is fourth in the Drivers’ standings, although equal on points with the third placed driver

Seven weeks on from the double event in Diriyah (Saudi Arabia), the ABB FIA Formula E world championship was back in action this Saturday on the Sao Paulo street circuit. The Brazilian event started in fine style for DS Automobiles: both the French premium constructor’s drivers qualified in the top three. In the duels stage, Stoffel Vandoorne missed out on pole position by just two thousandths of a second at the end of one of the closest sessions in the history of the electric car championship. Further proof of the DS E-TENSE FE23’s turn of speed came

from Jean-Éric Vergne’s third place, just behind his team-mate.

On the ABB FIA Formula E world championship’s second visit to Brazil, the heat caused headaches for engineers and drivers. The air was 35 degrees Celsius, the track was at over 50, so energy management and battery temperature were a real concern. The opening phase of the race was very strategic with plenty of overtaking and two appearances from the Safety Car also put paid to some pre-arranged plans.

The discipline’s only two-times world champion, Jean-Éric Vergne, again scored important points in seventh place, which keeps him at the front end of the pack in the standings. The Frenchman is currently fourth, although equal on points with the third placed driver. It’s worth noting that JEV is one of only four drivers to have scored points in all four opening rounds, thanks to good consistency, both from himself and from DS Automobiles.

Finishing just behind his team-mate, Stoffel Vandoorne is also racking up the scores, with three points finishes from four races. The 2022 world champion was obviously hoping for better than eighth place, given he started from the front row, but it just did not work out in Brazil.

The ABB FIA Formula E world championship is back in action in a fortnight’s time, on its first visit to Japan, with the race scheduled to run through the streets of Tokyo on Saturday 30 March.

Eugenio Franzetti, Directeur of DS Performance :

“We come away from this weekend with mixed feelings. We did well in free practice and our qualifying performance was excellent. Then in the Duels final, pole position escaped us by just two thousandths, while our other car was third. After that, it was a difficult race. We struggled to match the pace of some other competitors and in the end, JEV came home seventh and Stoffel eighth. That still means useful points for the championship, but not as many as we’d hoped for after qualifying. There’s a lot of work ahead of us and we will do all we can to do better in the next race in Tokyo.”

Jean-Éric Vergne, 2018 & 2019 Formula E champion :

“Let’s be honest, we’re disappointed. We had a really good qualifying to line up second and third on the grid, but in the race maybe our strategy decisions weren’t the best. Looking at the positives, we should be happy to see we are competitive in qualifying and that once again we scored points with both cars. The next race is only two weeks away and I hope we can fight back in Japan.”

Stoffel Vandoorne, 2022 Formula E world champion 2022 :

“There were two sides to today for the team, with a super qualifying followed by a rather more difficult race. Given our one-lap pace, we could have expected to do better than seventh or eighth. So naturally we are disappointed that we did not score more points. I think we have to analyse our race and I reckon we have a lot to learn from it, especially when it comes to strategy. We could have done a better job of getting better track position. Knowing that should make us stronger for the next round. On the positive side, we have proved to be very quick in qualifying every time. It’s encouraging for the future and it gives us confidence for the next race.”

Key figures since DS Automobiles entered Formula E:

109 races

4 championship titles

16 victories

48 podiums

23 pole positions


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DS Automobiles : Benjamin Maigre

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Driven by the spirit of the avant-garde and backed by an exceptional heritage, the DS brand, born in 2014, aims to embody the French art of travel. Remarkable products, discernible French luxury savoir-faire, coupled with a suite of bespoke services, DS Automobiles offers a unique experience before, during and after every journey. Designed for customers looking to stand out who want to travel the world and enjoy every moment, DS models combine refinement and technology. With DS 3, DS 4, DS 7 and DS 9, the DS brand offers a global range.

Based on numerous records since its entry into Formula E in 2015, including double Teams’ and Drivers’ titles, DS Automobiles is at the forefront of electrification by already selling each of its models with an electrified version. Under the E-TENSE label, DS Automobiles offers 100% electric powertrains as well

as plug-in hybrids with up to 360 horsepower and 4-wheel drive. From 2024, every new model launched by DS Automobiles will be 100% electric. For its discerning customers, DS Automobiles has crafted a suite of exclusive services, called “ONLY YOU, a wealth of attention.” With a presence in 41 countries, the DS brand has created and is developing an exclusive distribution network that includes 450 DS STORES throughout the world.

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PENSKE AUTOSPORT is an American racing team founded in 2007 by Jay Penske. The team is headquartered in Los Angeles, California, the largest single metropolitan EV market in the world.

After many successful years competing in IndyCar (2007-2014), the team embraced the shift to electric mobility and became one of the founding teams of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

The team motto is the Latin phrase “E Pluribus Unum” – meaning “out of many, there is one.

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