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Jean-Éric Vergne
Driver Details
Nationality France French
Date of Birth 25th April 1990[1]
Date of Death Unknown
Début 2014 Punta del Este ePrix
Championships 0
Wins 0
First Win Unknown
Former Teams Andretti Autosport
DS Virgin Racing
Formula E Career
Total Entries 27 (27 Starts)
Poles 4
Fastest Laps 1
Total Points 178
FanBoosts 9
Current Season
Team Techeetah
Number Standings Points
25 6th 52
 Jean-Éric Vergne (born 25th April 1990) is a French racing driver who will compete in the 2016/17 FIA Formula E Championship on behalf of new team Techeetah.[1] Despite only being twenty-four years of age, Vergne has already spent three years in Formula One with Toro Rosso, and joined Formula E with Andretti Autosport during 2014/15, before switching to DS Virgin Racing for the 2015/16 season.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Vergne, like many a racing driver, began his career in karting, starting at his father's track from the age of four.[1] At the age of eleven, Vergne claimed the Junior French Kart Championship, and within four years was runner-up in the European ICA Championship.[1] After a single attempt at the World Karting Championship (finishing seventh overall), Vergne was promoted into single seaters.[1]

Six wins was enough to give Vergne the 2007 French Formula Renault Campus title, which was followed by the French Formula Renault Eurocup a year later.[1] A promotion in the European Formula Renault Eurocup followed, with Vergne finishing runner-up, before moving to British Formula 3.[1] It was to be another impressive display by Vergne, as thirteen victories gave him the title at the first attempt, becoming the first Frenchman to do so.[1]

Forwards to Formula OneEdit

Armed with sponsorship from Red Bull Racing, Vergne entered the 2011 Formula Renault 3.5 championship, with the promise of a drive in Formula One should he be competitive.[1] And so Vergne proved, taking five wins on his way to second in the championship.[1] In the winter that year, Vergne was promoted to Red Bull's junior Formula One team, Toro Rosso, making his debut at the 2012 Australian Grand Prix .[1]

Sixteen points were Vergne's initial return in the 2012 championship, giving him seventeenth in the final standings.[2] A career best finish of sixth place followed in 2013, although he scored fewer points overall that season, and missed out on promotion to the main Red Bull Racing team.[2] For 2014, partnered by the débuting Danil Kvyat, Vergne may have had concerns about his progress in Formula One, as the three years that ed Bull often gave to their young drivers was rapidly coming to a close.[1] And so it proved, as Kvyat was promoted to Red Bull in the wake of Sebastien Vettel's departure, despite Vergne outscoring his young team mate.[1]

With Toro Rosso bringing in two new faces, Vergne was left without a drive, and hence decided to swap his F1 car for a Spark-Renault SRT-01E.[1]

Formula E HistoryEdit

Vergne was announced as a Andretti Autosport driver shortly before the 2014 Punta del Este ePrix on the 13th of December 2014.[3] He would partner Matthew Brabham at Andretti, and surprised everyone by taking pole position on his debut.[4] He followed this with an excellent performance in the ePrix itself, only to fall foul of a suspension failure on the final lap.[4]

His qualifying performance remained strong throughout the season, with further poles coming in Miami and Moscow, but it was his race pace that caused him problems.[5] Indeed, despite starting from pole in a third of his races (and inside the top ten in all but two of them), Vergne only took two podiums, and failed to win a race outright. A poor qualifying result for the 2015 London ePrix II at the end of the season caused Vergne to finish on 70 points, with the only other three time pole sitter, Sébastien Buemi, missing out on the title by just a single point.[6]

Virgin VarietyEdit

During the pre-season for the 2015/16 Championship, Vergne signed a deal to replace Jaime Alguersuari at DS Virgin Racing, joining Sam Bird in the team.[7] After a quiet time at the 2015 Donington Test, Vergne would be outclassed by his new teammate in the early stages of the season, scoring for the first time at the third race in Punta del Este.[8] Another barren run followed, however, with Vergne unable to score at all until he managed to battle his way onto the podium at the 2016 Paris ePrix.[9]

The result at his home race seemed to be the confidence boost that the Frenchman required, with Vergne sweeping to pole at the 2016 Berlin ePrix a couple of weeks later.[10] Unfortunately, Vergne could not convert his one-lap pace into another podium due to mechanical problems, although he would still record a strong fifth place finish.[10] His late season flurry continued on into the season finale in London, where Vergne secured a second podium of the season in the 2016 London ePrix I.[11]

Teaching TecheetahEdit

For the third season of Formula E, Vergne signed with the new Techeetah outfit, who had agreed a deal with Renault to use their Z.E. 16s for the season.[12] Partnered by Ma Qing Hua for the season, Vergne showed that the new package would be just as quick in his hands as it would be in the factory's grasp, with the Frenchman ending the 2016 Donington Test in between the factory efforts of Sébastien Buemi and Nicolas Prost.

Full Formula E RecordEdit

Shown below are a series of tables outlining Jean-Éric Vergne's career in Formula E in statistical form.

Formula E EntriesEdit

The list below includes all of the teams and cars, as well as overall finishing positions for Jean-Éric Vergne during their FE career:

Jean-Éric Vergne's Overall Formula E Record
Year Entrant No. Car Pos. Pts.
2014/15 Flag of the United States Andretti Autosport 27 Spark-Renault SRT_01E 7th 70
2015/16 Flag of the United Kingdom DS Virgin Racing 25 VIRGIN DSV-01 9th 56
2016/17 People's Republic of China Techeetah 25 Renault Z.E. 16

Career ResultsEdit

Below is a table showing Jean-Éric Vergne's full Formula E record.

FIA Formula E Championship Record
Year Rounds Pos. Pts.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
2014/15 Flag of China Flag of Malaysia Flag of Uruguay Flag of Argentina Flag of the United States Flag of the United States Flag of Monaco Flag of Germany Flag of Russia Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the United Kingdom 7th 70
14th 6th 18th 2nd NC 7th 4th 3rd 16th
2015/16 Flag of China Flag of Malaysia Flag of Uruguay Flag of Argentina Flag of Mexico Flag of the United States Flag of France Flag of Germany Flag of Russia Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the United Kingdom 9th 56
12th Ret 7th 11th 16th 13th 2nd 5th CAN 3rd 8th
2016/17 Flag of Hong Kong Flag of Morocco Flag of Argentina Flag of Mexico Flag of Monaco Flag of France Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of the United States Flag of the United States Flag of Canada Flag of Canada 6th 52
Ret 8th 2nd 2nd Ret Ret 8th 6th

ReferencesEdit

Videos and Images:

References:
  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 'Driver's Club: Jean-Eric Vergne', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/drivers-club/jean-eric-vergne.aspx, (Accessed 06/07/2015)
  2. 2.0 2.1 'Jean-Eric Vergne', f1.wikia.com, (F1 Wiki, 11/02/2015), http://f1.wikia.com/wiki/Jean-%C3%89ric_Vergne, (Accessed 06/07/2015)
  3. 'Jean-Eric Vergne to compete with Andretti in Uruguay', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 08/12/2014), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2014/december/jean-eric-vergne-to-race-with-andretti-in-uruguay.aspx, (Accessed 30/04/2015)
  4. 4.0 4.1 'Brilliant Buemi wins in Punta del Este', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 13/12/2014), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2014/december/brilliant-buemi-wins-in-punta-del-este.aspx, (Accessed 30/04/2015)
  5. 'Vergne secures pole for Moscow ePrix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 06/06/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/june/vergne-secures-pole-for-moscow-eprix.aspx, (Accessed 08/06/2015)
  6. 'Visa London ePrix race two highlights', youtube.com, (YouTube: FIA Formula E, 28/06/2015), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mNOSOJXDJs, (Accessed 30/06/2015)
  7. 'Jean-Eric Vergne moves to DS Virgin Racing', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 08/08/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/august/jean-eric-vergne-moves-to-ds-virgin-racing.aspx, (Accessed 08/08/2015)
  8. 'Buemi back on top', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 19/12/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/december/buemi-back-on-top.aspx, (Accessed 25/12/2015)
  9. 'Di Grassi triumphant in Paris', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 23/04/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/april/di-grassi-wins-visa-paris-eprix/, (Accessed 23/04/2016)
  10. 10.0 10.1 'Buemi win cuts di Grassi's lead to just one point', fiaformula.com, (FIA Formula E, 21/05/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/may/buemi-win-cuts-di-grassi-s-lead-to-just-one-point/, (Accessed 21/05/2016)
  11. 'BUEMI AND DI GRASSI CHARGE UP THE ORDER, BUT IT’S PROST WHO LEADS THE WAY', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 02/07/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/july/prost-wins-in-style-as-di-grassi-inches-closer-to-title/, (Accessed 03/07/2016)
  12. 'SECA SECURE FIA FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIP ENTRY: JEAN-ERIC VERGNE AND MA QING HUA CONFIRMED AS DRIVERS', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 07/07/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/july/seca-secure-fia-formula-e-championship-entry/, (Accessed 08/07/2016)

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