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Yim: Techeetah “Taking Nothing for Granted”

Techeetah not resting on its laurels despite leading both drivers’ and teams’ points…

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Techeetah’s managing director says that the Chinese team will not take its lead in both the drivers’ and teams’ standings for granted as the ABB FIA Formula E Championship enters its final three races.

Ivan Yim witnessed Techeetah consolidate its advantage in both championship hunts at the Berlin E-Prix on Saturday.

The team, which currently runs a customer Renault Z.E. 17 powertrain, can mathematically claim both titles at the Zurich E-Prix next month.

Yim has, however, urged for caution after Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler claimed a dominant 1-2 and passed DS Virgin Racing for second-place in the teams’ title fight.

The gap between Techeetah and Audi is 44 points, with 141 still up for grabs, while Jean-Eric Vergne is 40 points ahead of nearest rival Sam Bird in the drivers’ table.

“From a team point of view this title race is a marathon and not a sprint so we have no option other than to take it one race at a time,” Yim told e-racing365.

“We will not take anything for granted or get arrogant about anything at all.”

Yim expressed the importance of the team’s simulator work, which has been a crucial tool in developing its customer package this season.

Techeetah’s customer team status meant it could only take part in the official pre-season test at Valencia and has therefore undertaken an exhaustive simulator program at its own facility in Paris.

“The good news for us is that Zurich is a new track for everyone and that levels the playing field, especially for Andre,” Yim explained.

“We saw in Santiago and Rome how this can be effective for us. We expect to be strong in Switzerland definitely.”

Yim stated that both Vergne and Lotterer extracted the maximum possible from the Berlin race, with the former consolidating his championship lead with a podium and the latter rising to ninth from the back of the grid.

Vergne, who added nine points to his gap over Bird in the drivers’ stakes, told e-racing365 that he has “no reason to be nice” despite his healthy advantage.

“You can’t defend effectively when you see Audi coming that strong,” said Yim.

“We have to score as many points as we can and JEV took that opportunity again for us. It was an excellent maneuver he executed on Buemi to take third, very impressive.

“We knew Andre couldn’t do too much because of the penalty but he took his time and saved and saved [energy].

“Then when it was the right time and he had three or four percent more energy than those in front, he did his overtaking.

“It was a well-managed race by Lotterer and he is really honing his craft now as well as showing the raw pace.”

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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