09 Aug 20

Vergne: 'I'll definitely help Antonio if I can. We need to produce a clever race'

Both standings leader Antonio Felix da Costa and team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne plan to play the team game heading into Round 9 as the Portuguese driver bids to seal the Drivers' title and the Sino-French squad the Teams' Championship.

DS Techeetah marched to a record fourth Julius Baer Pole Position in-a-row yesterday and added a fifth at lunchtime today in qualifying ahead of the Berlin E-Prix Round 9.

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Vergne will treat da Costa as he would expect to be treated himself if he were in the Portuguese driver's shoes - needing to finish the day 60 points clear of the next-best in the standings to seal the title.

'We are a team'

"Antonio is my teammate, and we are a team," said two-time, and reigning, ABB FIA Formula E Champion. "The Drivers' title is won for him, so today we need to make sure we produce a clever race.

“I will definitely help him if I can and more importantly, help the team with the Teams’ Championship. I would expect exactly the same if the roles were reversed.”

DS Techeetah currently sits 74 points clear of BMW i Andretti Motorsport in the Teams' table with 96 available after Round 9. The outfit needs to come home with 22 more points than the German manufacturer to tie, with the potential for BMW to win each of the final two rounds.

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So, 21 points in Round 9 would bring home the silverware for DS Techeetah. This is firmly in focus for da Costa as well as Vergne. Beating a host of world-leading manufacturers steeped in motorsport history is some prize.

'We all need to fight for this'

"During the Berlin showdown, everybody is getting closer and closer and a single mistake can cost you a lot," said da Costa. "Yesterday, I started from ninth on the grid but today is much better for the team, with us both starting on the front row.

"I don’t expect a lot of help from JEV as he has something to fight for as well but I always expect fair racing from him and everyone else.

"I am incredibly proud of my team with the work we have done to get into this position. Now we all need to fight for this and stay at the top. It’s going to be fun!"

The Berlin E-Prix Round 9 will get underway from 19:00 local time around the anticlockwise, Traditional Berlin Tempelhof Circuit layout.

Qualifying | Round 9 | 2020 Berlin E-Prix

Don't miss a minute of Formula E's unprecedented nine-day six-race season six finale from Berlin's Tempelhof Airport