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Vergne Slams Full Course Yellow Delay

Jean-Eric Vergne angered by delayed Full Course Yellow period in Zurich E-Prix…

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ABB FIA Formula E Championship points leader Jean-Eric Vergne has criticised the decision to delay the deployment of the only Full Course Yellow in Sunday’s Zurich E-Prix.

Vergne’s rollercoaster race saw the Techeetah driver fight back several times from incidents in the first phase of the race.

This included when he ran over Felix Rosenqvist’s front wing after the Swede hit the Turn 1 wall while the pair were battling over eighth position.

Ironically, it was this misunderstanding between the Mahindra driver and Vergne which triggered the incident which would ultimately see Vergne then hit the discarded wing and cause the Full Course Yellow.

This in turn triggered Vergne’s eventual drive-through penalty when he was deemed to have gone over the controlled Full Course Yellow maximum speed.

The Frenchman was clocked at 66.9 km/h while still under the caution period as the race was just about to go back to green flag status.

The penalty caused Vergne to get shuffled down the pack again, reducing his points advantage over Sam Bird to 23 points with just two races remaining.

But it was the two-lap delay in declaring a Full Course Yellow which angered the Techeetah driver most after the race.

“It was way too late and I don’t know if they [the officials] were sleeping,” an angry Vergne told e-racing365.

“It is so dangerous to have a front-wing in the middle of the track and on the racing line and I just didn’t see it as there was a driver in front [d’Ambrossio] and I actually thought they had removed it.

“I am a little bit shocked by how slow they reacted and yet they act really fast for my penalty.”

Vergne “Not Worried” About Points Lead Reduction

Despite seeing his 40-point lead over DS Virgin’s Sam Bird almost halved in Zurich yesterday, Vergne says he is not concerned heading into the deciding double-header weekend in New York next month.

“I will approach New York with full attack,” Vergne told e-racing365.

“Today I am obviously very angry because we could have wrapped up the championship today or got very close to it but we lost 17 points [to Bird].

“I have the car and I have the speed and very high motivation now and I’m not worried. 23 points is a lot and I am still in a much better position than he [Bird] is.”

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 from 2014-17. Contact Sam



  1. krisg

    June 11, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    About the decreased advantage in the championship to Bird, very unlikely that the Englishman can turn it around in normal racing conditions because his car simply doesn’t have the pace. But because this is FE, a bit unpredictable, everything is possible…

    • Nicolas Naves

      June 11, 2018 at 4:16 pm

      Hope Sam can win it

  2. Chris

    June 11, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    Because JEV has been in front for so long, I’d feel pretty bad if he didn’t win it now, even if I am a big fan of Sam Bird. It’s also a big shame that both Rosenqvist and Di Grassi were taken out of contention by reliability issues when they could have been fighting for it.

  3. Sean Zhou

    June 12, 2018 at 5:40 am

    JEV will win. Because I am not there. Every time I am not present at a certain race, JEV will be at least OK.

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