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Sport Vergne: Title aspirations "gone", aim to help da Costa and Techeetah

20:10  08 august  2020
20:10  08 august  2020 Source:   autosport.com

Berlin E-Prix: Points leader Da Costa clinches stunning pole position

  Berlin E-Prix: Points leader Da Costa clinches stunning pole position Antonio Felix da Costa scored a critical third Formula E pole position for the first Berlin E-Prix with a stunning lap to beat his DS Techeetah team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne .The points leader set the fastest time of the day with a 1m06.799s to pull a clear 0.322s margin over Vergne, who still snared his best qualifying result of the season in second.Despite missing the Turn 1 apex, da Costa recovered 0.02s in the opening sector and then close to a further two tenths in the second split in a session where his title rivals faltered.

Jean-Eric Vergne has revealed he made an unprompted approach to Antonio Felix da Costa about a possible DS Techeetah Formula E drive after Vergne enjoyed a strong friendship with Lotterer during their two seasons as FE team-mates, and the double title winner says he spoke to da Costa at

Jean-Eric Vergne has revealed he made an unprompted approach to Antonio Felix da Costa about a possible DS Techeetah Formula E drive after Vergne enjoyed a strong friendship with Lotterer during their two seasons as FE team-mates, and the double title winner says he spoke to da Costa at

a motorcycle is parked on the side of a road: Vergne: Title aspirations © LAT Images Vergne: Title aspirations

Defending Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne says his only job is to help team-mate Antonio Felix da Costa win the title now his own chances are "gone".

The DS Techeetah driver scored only a single point from the two races on the reversed Tempelhof Airport circuit to fall from eighth in the standings down to 12th.

He now sits 93 points behind da Costa, who twice bagged pole position before leading every lap on his way to a brace of comfortable victories.

Da Costa romps to pole in second Berlin FE race, Evans down in 17th

  Da Costa romps to pole in second Berlin FE race, Evans down in 17th Antonio Felix da Costa took pole for the second Berlin Formula E race by over 0.4 seconds to continue his domination of the season finale while his title rivals faltered . The points leader posted the fastest time of the reversed Tempelhof Airport circuit with a 1min06.442s to leave superpole rival Sebastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams) with little response in second. DS Techeetah pilot da Costa blitzed the group one session and was the only driver of the first six to survive for the pole position shootout. Prior to his lap, Alex Lynn (Mahindra Racing) and Nyck de Vries (Mercedes) were separated by just 0.002s in superpole.

Vergne recovered from his penalty to claim second, however, finishing only 0.4 seconds behind da Costa at the flag after overtaking five cars during the Techeetah was narrowly beaten to the teams' title in the previous campaign after Audi's mid-season resurgence helped propel it to the championship.

Vergne was frustrated to lose out on pole position in the final run of the session, but the reigning champion will start on the front row of the grid at the Circuit Sebastien Buemi was unable to surpass da Costa and fell a further tenth behind - but ultimately beat Alexander Sims to fourth on the grid.

Although Vergne dominated qualifying on the conventional circuit to beat BWM Andretti driver Maximilian Guenther to pole by 0.495s, the double FE champion ruled out his chances of retaining the title.

"It's fair to say the first two races here have been a complete nightmare," he told presenter Vernon Kay.

"When there is a little something going wrong and there is another one, all of a sudden everything starts to go wrong in the same time. That's what happened to me.

"It's quite hard of course mentally because I know the car is fantastic - we saw with Antonio.

"It was important yesterday to try and reset and come here as fresh as possible knowing for sure that the championship is gone.

"But it's OK, I can't win every year. I have to improve myself; Antonio has been doing a fantastic job."

Berlin FE: Da Costa unchallenged on way to securing second victory

  Berlin FE: Da Costa unchallenged on way to securing second victory Antonio Felix da Costa remained unchallenged by Sebastien Buemi for the duration of the second Formula E race in Berlin to increase his championship lead to 68 pointsTwo late activations of his higher 235kWh attack mode allowed DS Techeetah driver da Costa to expertly manage the race and win by 3s over Nissan e.dams rival Buemi.

Antonio Felix da Costa says DS Techeetah gave him "either incomplete or wrong information" about his battery temperature, which he feels cost him a potential Formula E victory in Santiago.

Da Costa had been aiming for his second win of the season after holding off reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne , of DS Techeetah , to win the first E-Prix in Saudi Arabia in December. D'Ambrosio is top of the standings on 40 points, with Da Costa and Vergne both on 28 after two of the 13 races.

a person holding a sign: Vergne: Title aspirations © LAT Images Vergne: Title aspirations

Vergne added that his focus has now switched to ensuring da Costa wins the championship ahead of the final four races of the 2019-20 season in addition to securing back-to-back teams' titles for DS Techeetah.

He said: "The only thing I can do right now is try and help [Antonio] win the championship and also to win the constructors' championship with DS Techeetah and also get back to where I should be.

"I think today was already much better. I just had with this year with this new car, I haven't felt very comfortable, especially in the braking.

"Things are starting to get back a bit to normal."

Explaining why da Costa had qualified down in eighth, DS Techeetah team principal Mark Preston said: "Antonio just made a mistake in Turn 6.

"The total grid is covered by 0.9s so it's just tightening up as we're repeating the same surface and track.

"It's perfect: when one [driver] is down, the other is up."

He also said that Michelin's revised tyre pressures, which were reduced by 0.1-bar ahead of the second double-header had hurt da Costa.

"I think it's probably helped everyone a little bit," he said.

"Antonio was probably the only one that got it right in the last two days. The slightly lower pressures have helped a bit for everybody.

"Maybe it changed the balance a bit and Antonio didn't quite have it perfect but it obviously suited [Vergne]."

Felix Da Costa wins championship title - Formula E Berlin - Races 3 & 4 .
© Formula E The Formula E title decision was made in the third to last race in Berlin. António Félix da Costa brought his DS-Techeetah to the finish behind team mate Jean-Eric Vergne and celebrated his first championship title in the electric racing series. The Portuguese has so far won two of the four Berlin races that took place at Tempelhof Airport until Sunday evening. Equally superior, da Costa's French-Chinese racing team won the constructors' title for the second time in a row.

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