DS-Techeetah warns Mercedes: “We are there for the title too”

The team with Da Costa and Vergne: “There will be regulatory changes and new tracks, we have great ambitions. Running in Jakarta? We don’t know what to expect … “

The new structure of the 2022 Formula E calendar, the opponents, the cities included for the first time in the championship, the expectations and technical progress. These are the topics at the center of a round table with DS-Techeetah and with the two drivers of the team, Antonio Felix Da Costa – 2020 world champion – and Jean Eric Vergne together with the boss Mark Preston. And the presence of the latter marks one of the most important changes within the team as the Australian has become full CEO of the team with Thomas Chevaucher now in the role of team principal.

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“We are ready to focus even more on the team and work to be able to stand out next season. We have a good team and a car that we have to make a winner ”. Understanding and solving the problems encountered in this seventh season of Formula E will be the priority and not only, and not so much, for the technical or managerial staff, but above all in anticipation of the arrival of other manufacturers in the championship in the future: ” Manufacturers come and go – admitted Preston – but we must pay attention to those who try to approach the Formula E World Championship such as the Chinese who come to Europe and America to discover the potential of electric vehicles ”.

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The regulatory changes affect the whole team, and the first to declare themselves satisfied but at the same time worried by the new qualifying formula are precisely the drivers who admit that it was still necessary to adjust to the regulations. The new FIA regulations provide for a real head to head for qualifying with direct eliminations: the drivers will be divided into two groups of 11 and will have only ten minutes available to lap, without limits on the number of laps, the best four of each. the group will then compete directly in the quarter-finals, then in the semifinals and finally the two-man final. “Mercedes can be beaten – admit the two standard bearers of the team, who also add – but in addition to Mercedes there will also be other teams to keep an eye on”. However, optimism leads everyone to see themselves among the favorite teams for the 2022 season and when it comes to opponents, Mark Preston declares “what others are doing interests us up to a certain point because we have to stay focused on our team and work to make our car is more competitive ”.

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A season that includes some news at the calendar level with more space for city tracks: “We already know Mexico even if we haven’t raced this year – explains Vergne – and we are waiting to know what Asia has in store for us” and implies the China E-Prix of which more precise news is still awaited. “Vancouver is a good track – continues the Frenchman – and Seoul intrigues me, not to mention Jakarta. In this case we really have no idea what to expect, not only in terms of the route but above all from an organizational point of view “. At the moment it is impossible to say no to the Chinese race, in the country where it all began in 2014, in Beijing: the city that should host the Formula E race has not yet been decided while there is a big one for the new entry South Korea. January, a few days before the end of the Dakar 2022, Saudi Arabia will return to the center of the motorsport world with the first test of the year, scheduled in Dir’iyya and only from the second test, in Mexico on February 12, the changes in qualifications will become active, based precisely on the World ranking for the choice of the division of groups.

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DS-Techeetah warns Mercedes: “We are there for the title too”