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25/04/2023 News

Another podium finish for DS PENSKE and Jean-Éric Vergne!

Berlin, Germany, April 25th 2023 - The Berlin E-Prix marked the return of the FIA Formula E World Championship to Europe this weekend, contested at one of the series’ iconic venues.

The 2.3km-long track on the tarmac of the former Berlin-Tempelhof airport has hosted all-electric events since 2015 and features one of the most abrasive surfaces on the race calendar. It therefore poses a serious challenge to the teams, especially when it comes to getting the most out of the tyres. However, DS PENSKE has already proven its ability in this tricky exercise. The Franco-American team wasted no time in making its mark, as Stoffel Vandoorne claimed third place in qualifying for the opening race in his DS E-TENSE FE23. Unfortunately, despite spending most of the race itself fighting at the front, he was hit by another competitor and had to retire. Meanwhile, Jean-Eric Vergne made an impressive fightback to take the points for seventh place, having been sent into a spin by another car and dropped as far back as nineteenth at one point.

The Frenchman went even better in the rain on Sunday, grabbing fourth position in qualifying before then securing third place, his third podium of the season after Hyderabad and Cape Town, whilst Vandoorne finished eighth. “Overall, it was a good weekend,” admitted Jean-Eric Vergne. “Both in qualifying and in the races, we had a very good day on Sunday. We made good calls on the tyres and the car was excellent, so I think we probably got the best result possible. I'm very happy to have finished on the podium. We now have to keep working hard because we need to win more!” The aim will undoubtedly be to do just that at the next meeting, at the iconic Monaco E-Prix, where his team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne was the winner last time out.

Championship update

Thanks to his legendary fighting spirit, Jean-Eric Vergne reduced the deficit to the championship leader, moving up to third place in the standings, just nineteen points off the pace. In the teams standings, DS PENSKE now holds fourth position, just shy of the podium places.