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Vergne: Tough Races “Vital” for Title Defence

Jean-Eric Vergne says some of his more difficult races have formed his title challenge…

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Title favorite Jean-Eric Vergne maintains that the points he picked up in some of his more difficult weekends this season have been vital for the possibility of defending his ABB FIA Formula E Championship crown.

Vergne leads Lucas di Grassi by 32 points heading into this weekend’s New York City double-header finale with a maximum score of 58 available for drivers.

The DS Techeetah driver has had a series of troublesome races this season, including spinning to the rear of the filed in Marrakesh after an overambitious move for the lead at Turn 1. He then fought back impressively to fifth position.

In Paris, Vergne enduredfraught Free Practice and qualifying sessions which saw him fortunate to escape from a high-speed spin. Despite starting a lowly 12th on the grid, he took sixth-place points.

“It does not exist a season where a team or a driver does not make mistakes so maximizing the weekends where things do not go to plan is vital,” Vergne told e-racing365.

“It is always about making the most of the bad weekends that you have. It is easy to give up on a bad weekend especially if you know you cannot win or you cannot have a podium.

“It is easy to lose your mind but it is important to keep cool and think about the little points you can take because at the end of the season this is what matters.”

Vergne was in line to also mount a spirited comeback from a 16th position start in Rome but was penalized for a Full Course Yellow infraction when making inroads within the top ten.

“It’s about making the best of the lows that you have so for example in Paris yes, but also Rome with the issues in qualifying but then I came back quite strong until the penalty,” he explained.

“This was a low race for me especially and things were against me, but some of these races made my championship lead possible.”

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

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