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Vergne: Qualifying Risks Paid Off in Bern

Jean-Eric Vergne says his concentration on achieving pole position paid off in the Swiss E-Prix…

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Swiss E-Prix winner Jean-Eric Vergne says that he deployed greater risk in ensuring he took pole position than he did in the race itself.

The DS Techeetah driver held off a charging Mitch Evans during the final stages in Bern, which saw a rain shower hit the track with just a few minutes of the event remaining.

Vergne had earlier claimed his first official pole position of the season despite starting from the head of the field at the Monaco E-Prix where Oliver Rowland took the top Super Pole time before serving a grid penalty from the previous event in Paris.

“The level of risk I took today in the race was not as much as in qualifying,” Vergne told e-racing365.

“I was not feeling comfortable with the car so I could not push very hard so I had to defend from Mitch, for a good part of the race.

“Then after the attack boost two I was in peace alone in front which was good and then when the rain came the problems started.”

Vergne explained how he defended rigorously from Evans, who latched back on to the DS E-TENSE FE19 tail in a thrilling final two laps.

“When you are the first guy on track, if people see you, you brake late and you have no problem to pass the corner they may break late as well,” said Vergne.

“But if you brake late and you slide, then they brake early and it is an advantage for them.

“So, it was very hard to be leading the way and having Mitch behind trying to overtake me very hard. It was similar to Punta last season in a away.” said Vergne, referencing his defence from Lucas di Grassi at the Punta del Este EPrix last season.

Vergne also said that he was not allowing himself to consider becoming Formula E’s first-ever double-champion despite a healthy 32 point advantage over nearest rival Lucas di Grassi.

“I forbid myself to think about it because I don’t want to call it superstition, I don’t know how to call it but I forbid myself to think about what if I win the championship for a second time,” he explained.

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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