DS Automobiles has clearly got back to the forefront of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
Following Jean-Éric Vergne’s win in India at the Hyderabad circuit, the Frenchman once more fought for victory at the Cape Town circuit today. The global all-electric single-seater series visited South Africa for the first time at the fifth race of the 2023 season, on a seafront circuit under the shadow of the impressive Table Mountain.
JEV started from fifth on the grid and once more demonstrated the excellent performance and efficiency of his DS E-TENSE FE23 by steadily working his way up the leaderboard. The only double champion in the sport’s history hit the top spot two laps from the end (and with the fastest lap!) and found himself locked in an intense duel with his former team mate António Félix da Costa. While victory narrowly escaped the DS PENSKE driver, the Frenchman – still third in the provisional standings – nonetheless reduced his gap to the championship leader. Following five of the 16 races on the 2023 season schedule, JEV is only 30 points behind, with everything to play for.
Reigning world champion Stoffel Vandoorne also showed an impressive turn of speed during the E-Prix. Unfortunately, the Belgian was once more unlucky during qualifying. While he was about to set his fastest lap, Stoffel had to back off as another competitor went off. The upshot was a final result of 12th in qualifying: a position that did not reflect his true performance. By making up five places in the race, the new DS Automobiles driver once again showed that he is one of the stars of the series.
After a month-long break following the highly successful trip to South Africa, the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship will visit another new track for the third consecutive time, on March 25. The next race will take place over the streets of Sao Paulo in Brazil.