Reigning ABB FIA Formula E Champion Jean-Eric Vergne would be involved in the process of choosing Andre Lotterer’s replacement at DS Techeetah should the German choose to drive for Porsche next season.
Vergne says that he wants his current teammate to stay at DS Techeetah, although Lotterer is known to be continuing to weigh up a possible move this month.
The pair have developed a close friendship in addition to a fruitful working relationship since they became teammates at the Chinese team in the fall of 2017.
It is believed that Lotterer will chose which team he will race for in 2019-20 imminently.
“I cannot make the decision for Andre obviously but I am sure the decision he will take will be the right one for him,” Vergne told e-racing365.
“Of course I would love that he stays but if he leaves then I am sure that, as one the most successful teams in Formula E, we will have a top driver and we will continue to have good work and a good relationship if we need to do that, but at the moment I don’t know.”
E-racing365 understands that, due to Vergne’s senior position in the team and as one of its founding fathers, he has formal input on who could replace Lotterer should he move to Porsche.
Vergne acknowledged that his close relationship with Lotterer has been a significant benefit to the new-look DS Techeetah team which debuted at Ad Diriyah in December.
“The warm relationship we have together has been a huge benefit for the team with no internal wars,” said Vergne.
“Since we got on very well and became good friends I honestly gave him all the information and all the little secrets I had about Formula E. I told him everything.
“I grew up with this idea that you have to destroy your teammate, hide things from them, try and play mind games.
“I’d had enough of this and he seemed a nice guy so I wanted to see for myself to welcome him to the team nicely and make him comfortable.”
Vergne also revealed that the gelling between Techeetah and DS Performance took time in its first season as an alliance.
“It takes time to get to know each other and how we work,” explained Vergne.
“This took a bit of time and there were some complicated things during the season that took time. DS knew me from the time at Virgin but I think it is fair to say I am not the same guy as those days.
“Consistency is important for no and for the future. We are in a very good position today and all the people there I trust them highly because they are good people.”