Jean-Eric Vergne’s outcome on Friday – a pole place and a second place – mixed with the truth that each vehicles had been within the factors the next day was a type of deliverance for Eugenio Franzetti, the director of DS Efficiency.
“Friday was an awesome day for the DS Penske staff,” emphasised the DS Vehicles consultant on this planet championship.
“Our outcomes for the reason that begin of the season, and extra notably right here, exhibit the excellent degree of efficiency of our DS E-Tense FE23.
“These factors are good for morale, particularly initially of the season.
“In fact, we all know that we nonetheless must work on closing the hole with a few of our rivals, however I am assured that we’ll get there.
“Now that the areas for enchancment we recognized have been confirmed, we’ll have the ability to proceed in the precise course.”
As a challenger to Porsche and Jaguar in 2023, DS Penske had typically been within the working however probably not capable of compete with them over the long run. Nonetheless, for the reason that begin of the 2024 championship, its two vehicles have turn into extra aggressive.
Progress to be confirmed
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Jay Penske and Jean-Eric Vergne talk about the staff’s progress
In System E, there are a lot of elements at play, however the underlying traits all the time come to the fore in the long run. For instance, though Stoffel Vandoorne did not get the prospect to set a quick lap in qualifying on Friday, he confirmed his true degree of efficiency the very subsequent day.
After a convincing observe session (Vergne second and Vandoorne sixth), the 2 Penske DSs, though in the identical qualifying group, managed to complete within the prime 4 to advance to the quarter-finals.
Because the duels progressed, Vandoorne eradicated Sacha Fenestraz (Nissan) and superior to the semi-final. He began fourth, whereas Jean-Eric Vergne was eighth on the grid.
However, for the race, the truth that the second confrontation of the weekend was one lap shorter (36 as an alternative of 37) reshuffled the playing cards when it comes to vitality technique.
As in Mexico Metropolis, DS Penske ended up enjoying for place, with Vandoorne taking fifth place and Vergne eighth.
These outcomes put Vergne in third place within the drivers’ championship, and DS Penske in second place within the constructors’ standings, behind Jaguar however forward of the 2 Porsche-powered groups.
With the cancellation of the race initially scheduled to happen in India in mid-February, System E will now take a seven-week break earlier than the following spherical in Sao Paulo (Brazil).