|Date of Birth||25th April 1990|
|Date of Death||Unknown|
|Début||2014 Punta del Este ePrix|
|Former Teams||Andretti Autosport|
DS Virgin Racing
|Formula E Career|
|Total Entries||43 (43 Starts)|
Vergne, like many a racing driver, began his career in karting, starting at his father's track from the age of four. At the age of eleven, Vergne claimed the Junior French Kart Championship, and within four years was runner-up in the European ICA Championship. After a single attempt at the World Karting Championship (finishing seventh overall), Vergne was promoted into single seaters.
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. A promotion in the European Formula Renault Eurocup followed, with Vergne finishing runner-up, before moving to British Formula 3. 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.
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. And so Vergne proved, taking five wins on his way to second in the championship. 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 .
Sixteen points were Vergne's initial return in the 2012 championship, giving him seventeenth in the final standings. 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. 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. 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.
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. He would partner Matthew Brabham at Andretti, and surprised everyone by taking pole position on his debut. He followed this with an excellent performance in the ePrix itself, only to fall foul of a suspension failure on the final lap.
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. 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.
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. 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. 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.
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. 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. 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.
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. 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.
After retiring from the first race of the season, Vergne secured Techeetah's first points finish in Marrakech. He then went and claimed the team's first podium finish in Buenos Aires, a feat he repeated in Mexico City. Vergne was also running competitively in 2017 Monaco ePrix Monaco, only to be taken out by Nelson Piquet Jr.
Vergne would fare little better in his home race, the Parisian left heartbroken after a steering failure caused him to crash out of the Paris ePrix while running in second. He would respond with a double points finish in Berlin, beating new teammate Stéphane Sarrazin, before claiming a third podium of the season in New York. Vergne followed that result up with an eighth place in the second of the weekend's races.
It seemed as if Vergne would have to wait another season for his breakthrough win, an assumption seemingly proved when the Frenchman finished second, again, in the first Montreal ePrix. However, an excellent start in the second race of the season finale put Vergne in prime position, if he could best Formula E rookie Felix Rosenqvist having already passed Sam Bird. Better energy consumption in the first half of the race allowed Vergne to challenge in the closing stages, sweeping past the young Swede to claim a maiden victory.
The Title Tour?Edit
Shortly before the 2017 Valencia Test Vergne was announced as Techeetah's lead driver for the second consecutive season, partnering Porsche WEC racer André Lotterer. Vergne and Techeetah revealed their mutual hopes of taking the 2017/18 crown, with Vergne leading the charge.
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|
|2014/15||Andretti Autosport||27||Spark-Renault SRT_01E||7th||70|
|2015/16||DS Virgin Racing||25||DS Virgin DSV-01||9th||56|
|2016/17||Techeetah||25||Renault Z.E. 16||5th||117|
|2017/18||Techeetah||25||Renault Z.E. 17|
Below is a table showing Jean-Éric Vergne's full Formula E record.
|FIA Formula E Championship Record|
Videos and Images:
- Georges Biard, 'File:Jean-Eric Vergne 2016.jpg', commons.wikimedia.org, (WikiMedia: Commons, April 2016), https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jean-Eric_Vergne_2016.jpg, (Accessed 25/04/2018)
- ↑ 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)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 'Vergne victorious, Di Grassi wins title', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 30/07/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/july/vergne-victorious-di-grassi-wins-title/, (Accessed 30/07/2017)
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 'Lotterer and Vergne complete TECHEETAH line-up', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 26/09/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/september/lotterer-and-vergne-complete-techeetah-line-up/, (Accessed 26/09/2017)
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 'Jean-Eric Vergne', f1.wikia.com, (F1 Wiki, 11/02/2015), http://f1.wikia.com/wiki/Jean-%C3%89ric_Vergne, (Accessed 06/07/2015)
- ↑ '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)
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 '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)
- ↑ '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)
- ↑ '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)
- ↑ '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)
- ↑ '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)
- ↑ '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)
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 '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)
- ↑ '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)
- ↑ '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)
- ↑ 'Buemi magnificent in Marrakesh', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 12/11/2016), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/november/buemi-magnificent-in-marrakesh/, (Accessed 12/11/2016)
- ↑ 'Buemi becomes hat-trick hero in Buenos Aires', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 18/02/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/february/buemi-becomes-hat-trick-hero-in-buenos-aires/, (Accessed 19/02/2017)
- ↑ 'Di Grassi fights Buemi to the finish in Monaco', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 13/05/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/may/di-grassi-fights-buemi-to-the-finish-in-monaco/, (Accessed 14/05/2017)
- ↑ 'Buemi hands Renault e.dams emotional Paris win', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 20/05/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/may/buemi-hands-renault-edams-emotional-paris-win/, (Accessed 21/05/2017)
- ↑ 'Bird soars to historic Qualcomm New York City ePrix win', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 15/07/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/july/bird-soars-to-historic-qualcomm-new-york-city-eprix-win/, (Accessed 18/07/2017)
- ↑ 'Di Grassi wins, Buemi disqualified', fiaformuale.com, (FIA Formula E, 29/07/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/july/di-grassi-wins-buemi-disqualified/, (Accessed 30/07/2017)