DS Penske Formule E Team – Formule E
Jean-Éric Vergne is Formula E’s sole two-time champion (2017-2018 season and 2018-2019 season).
After spending several years in Formula 1 (58 Grand Prix starts), the Frenchman took part in his first E-Prix at Punta Del Este (Uruguay) in December 2014. He will go down in history as the first driver to secure pole position on his debut in the series. After initially racing for DS Performance, he joined the TECHEETAH team at the start of the 2016-2017 season, which became DS PENSKE from the 2022-2023 campaign.
In 2019-2020, although he made a telling contribution to DS TECHEETAH winning the teams’ championship, he was unable to claim a hat-trick of drivers’ titles, losing out to his team-mate Antonio Felix Da Costa. His 2021-2022 season was equally difficult, which is why he is determined to bounce back heading into the 2022-2023 season.
2017–2018 and 2018–2019: Two-time Formula E Champion
58 Formula 1 Grand Prix starts
2018: LMP2 class runner-up in the European Le Mans Series
2011: Formula Renault 3.5 series runner-up
- 2010: British Formula 3 International Series Champion
DS Penske’s latest recruit, Belgian driver Stoffel Vandoorne has joined the Franco-American squad on the back of his maiden Formula E World Championship, secured after a thrilling battle at the final round of the season in Seoul, South Korea. His recruitment is clearly something of a coup, bringing genuine pedigree to the team. Like many before him, he started out in karting, before graduating – rather successfully – to single-seater classes. F4 Eurocup 1.6 Champion in 2010, he then won the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 in 2012 before showcasing his skills in Formula Renault 3.5 (runner-up in 2013) and winning the GP2 title in 2015.
Winning F1’s feeder category opened the doors to the top-tier class in 2016 with McLaren F1 Team. He stayed with the British outfit until the end of 2018, contesting 41 Grand Prix, but the car’s lack of performance prevented him from fully expressing his talent. He revitalised his career by switching to Endurance racing, and especially to Formula E. Runner-up to Nyck De Vries in 2019-2020, he succeeded his former team-mate in the 2021-2022 season, combining impressive speed with solidity and consistency throughout the season. As the 2022-2023 season marks the start of a new era for Formula E, with introduction of the so-called Gen3 race cars, he is clearly one of the favourites to retain his drivers’ title.
- 2021–2022: FIA Formula E World Champion
- 2021: FIA LMP2 Endurance Trophy Runner-up
- 2019–2020: FIA Formula E Runner-up
- 2016–2018: McLaren F1 Team driver: 41 F1 GPs
- 2015: GP2 Series Champion
- 2013: Formula Renault 3.5 Runner-up
- 2012: Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Champion
- 2010: F4 Eurocup 1.6 Champion
The car: DS E-TENSE FE23
MAXIMUM POWER OUTPUT: 350kW (476hp)
REGEN: 600kW thanks to two powertrains at the front and at the rear (a new front powertrain adds 250kW to the 350kW at the rear)
EFFICIENCY: more than 40% of the energy used within a race is produced by regenerative braking
WEIGHT: 840 kg (including driver weight)
TOP SPEED: over 322kph