Jean-Eric Vergne says that he “controlled and managed” his pace to take his second ABB FIA Formula E Championship win of the season in the Monaco E-Prix on Saturday.
The DS Techeetah driver believed that the lack of overtaking chances for the pursuing Nissan of Oliver Rowland influenced the management of his pace in the second phase of the race.
Vergne’s pace tailed off later in the race which allowed Rowland to exert significant pressure after a Full Course Yellow was deployed for debris on the track.
Despite Rowland finishing just 0.2 seconds off Vergne, the Frenchman felt he was in complete control of the race.
“There were no problems, if I were in Berlin I would have kept pushing but this race here at Monaco I know people can’t overtake if you are smart with defending,” he told e-racing365.
“I was in a position where I chose to defend rather than keep pushing and risking to crash the car.
“It was a decision I made by myself, I had the pace during the race, we saw it after the start, after the FCY I was about to pull a gap again and everything was good.”
The openness of Season Five, which has seen eight different winners from the nine races held so far, means that there is no comfort zone for Vergne, who is the new points leader.
“Everything can change so fast. You are never in the comfort zone and we can not consider ourselves being in the comfort zone,” he explained.
“We need to be full alert, maximum attack until the very end as we now have a chance and the other guys are so good and so competitive.
“We just cannot think that we are in a comfortable situation right now.”