DS TECHEETAH AIMS FOR AN INCIDENT FREE HONG KONG E-PRIX
After an incident filled first third of the season, DS TECHEETAH heads to the first Asian race of the ABB FIA Formula E 2018/2019 Season in Hong Kong with aims to complete the race without any misfortunes.
The Hong Kong E-Prix take place on Sunday 10 March 2019 and will be the 50th Formula E race in championship history. Located in the Hong Kong Central Harbour front, the 10-turn, 1.8km long circuit fields the backdrop of iconic landmarks such as the Hong Kong Observation wheel, the Hong Kong City Hall, the International Finance Centre with the traditional Aqua Luna Red Sail Junk boats sailing across the waters in front of the neon-lit city and race track.
Mark Preston, DS TECHEETAH Team Principal: “Hong Kong has been good to us in the past, it’s a track that we know and that we like so it will be good to come back. We’ve been quite unlucky the last couple of races having been at the receiving end of some accidents, so we don’t feel like we’ve been able to show our strength just yet. Hopefully it will be a clean race and we can secure a strong result.
We had a good test in Mexico where we found some things to improve and look at so it will be interesting to see how this works out at the next race. Having the additional in-season test has been a big help to understanding the new generation car and what we have to look extra at with the DS E-TENSE FE19 to optimise it. As we saw in Season Four with the Marrakesh test, it was a game changer so let’s see how it will impact the paddock this time.”
Xavier Mestelan Pinon, DS Performance Director: “Hong Kong will be the first home race of DS TECHEETAH. After last season’s win with our previous team, we definitely want to show case the performance of our new package in Asia, which is a key market for DS Automobiles. ”
Jean-Éric Vergne, #25: “The Hong Kong Circuit has one of the best locations of the whole calendar. We’re right in the middle of Central Hong Kong with the iconic Ferris wheel and the skyscrapers in the background. Aside from crossing the checkered flag at qualifying with the nose going forward this time, all I want is a clean, incident free race. Being in the middle of the pack has really caused us issues so far this season and I’m keen to show off the pace in the car and all we need is a clean race to do so.”
André Lotterer, #36: “My Formula E career started in Hong Kong last year with a baptism of fire, so I’m looking forward to bringing a different kind of fire to the streets there this time. We found some interesting things at the Mexico test so it will good to put this into practice during the next race. Hong Kong is a great city and I can’t wait to explore it more, especially it’s amazing restaurants and photography opportunities.”