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Chu (DS Techeetah): Vergne a “Well-Deserving” Champion

The boss of the DS Techeetah lauds the efforts of two-time champion Jean-Eric Vergne….

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Jean-Eric Vergne deserved to become Formula E’s first-ever double champion, according to his boss at DS Techeetah.

DS Techeetah chairman Edmund Chu says that Vergne produced several “brilliant” races in the 2018-19 season and that his achievements were “special”.

The French driver successfully defended his 2017-18 crown with victories in Sanya, Monaco and Bern, and also picked up two further podium results.

“Formula E is really, really tough to win and you have to earn it. We earned it but it didn’t come easy,” Chu told e-racing365.

“Jean-Eric drove brilliantly in many races this season and although we had a really hard Saturday here [in New York] he did a nice conservative drive today [Sunday] which paid off nicely.

“In my mind and I am sure in many others, JEV is a very well-deserving champion this season and as a result is the first-ever double champ.”

DS Techeetah also claimed its maiden teams’ title in New York last Sunday, an achievement which Chu described as “fantastic”.

The Chinese owned, French-based team was founded in the summer of 2016 from the former Team Aguri outfit.

It completed its first season in 2016-17, finishing fifth in the points, and scored a breakthrough win at the season finale in Montreal.

The next campaign saw Vergne take the title with four wins with DS Techeetah ending up second to Audi in the points, while both driver and team won end-of-season silverware this time around.

“Taking back-to-back championships just proves what a special driver [Vergne] is and for us to take the teams’ title as well is fantastic after missing out by two points last season,” said Chu.

Chu also touched on DS Techeetah’s efforts to pull off a hat-trick of titles next season.

“There are some big names coming in and it will make it even more challenging,” he said.

“Anyone can win in Formula E and next season will be incredibly tough but we will be ready to defend our titles.”

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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