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Techeetah

DS TECHEETAH (, Chinese: DS; pinyin: DS tài qí) is a Chinese motor racing team under ownership of SECA - China Media Capital that competes in the electric racing series, Formula E.[3]

Formula E

2016-17 season

Jean-Éric Vergne before the start of the 2017 Mexico City ePrix.

The team entered the sport following the acquisition of Team Aguri in 2016.[4] In July 2016, Jean-Éric Vergne and Qinghua Ma (who competed with Team Aguri in the final rounds of the previous season prior to CMC's takeover) were confirmed as the team's drivers.[5] With Renault providing powertrains for Techeetah's debut season, Vergne scored the team's maiden podium with a second place at the Buenos Aires ePrix. In March 2017, Techeetah announced former F1 driver Esteban Gutiérrez would replace Ma from round four onwards.[6] However, after Gutiérrez left the team after only three races after being given an opportunity with Dale Coyne Racing to compete in the IndyCar Series, the team then signed Stéphane Sarrazin to compete with the team for the remainder of the season.[7]

The season proved to be successful, especially in the second half. The team scored seven overall podium finishes, five of them with Vergne, including his win in the second race in Montreal. Techeetah placed fifth in Teams' Championship with 156 points.

2017-18 season

Techeetah signed André Lotterer to partner Vergne for its second season in the series.[8] Vergne was supremely consistent over the whole course of the season, finishing on points in every race, accumulating 198 points and winning the Drivers' Championship.[9] The team got overtaken by Audi at the last second, missing out on Teams' Championship by only two points.[10]

2018-19 season

Techeetah's line-up remained unchanged for the 2018-19 season. This time, they were able to win both championships in the final round in New York City.[11] Lotterer subsequently left the team, switching to Porsche.[12] In July 2018, DS Automobiles partnered with DS Techeetah and the team renamed to DS Techeetah.[13]

2019-20 season

In September 2019, it was announced that António Félix da Costa would replace Lotterer in the team (as he had departed for the new Porsche Formula E Team).[14] Vergne was set to continue with the team as he signed a long-term contract back in 2018.[15] JEV did not participate in all FP1 sessions so far in his season, as he got a fever prior to the 2020 Marrakesh ePrix, thus he was replaced by James Rossiter driving his no. 25 Spark SRT05e for that session only. He later went on to complete the remaining races of the season. António Félix da Costa clinched the 2019/2020 title with two races to go (becoming the first FE driver to do so) at the six race showdown in Berlin following the season break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He became the champion to have clinched the title with the most points to his nearest rival.

Records

DS TECHEETAH has earned various record results following the 2019/2020 season.

Team records

Most pole positions in a row in one season
Driver Race Round
DAC Marrakesh S6RD5
DAC Berlin S6RD6
DAC Berlin S6RD7
JEV Berlin S6RD8
JEV Berlin S6RD9
First team to do two front row lock ups
Season Race Team
S2 Beijing Renault e.DAMS
S2 Punta del Este Dragon Racing
S3 Hong Kong NEXTEV NIO
S5 Paris Nissan e.DAMS
S6 Berlin RD6 DS TECHEETAH
S6 Berlin RD9 DS TECHEETAH
  • It's the first time a team get the most points on 5 consecutive races in a single season.
  • It's the first time that team has led with more than 64 points
  • First team to score a 1-2 finish (Santiago 2018)
  • Second team to score all possible points in one race (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler did previously in Berlin 2018)
  • Second team to win it twice
  • Second team to win it twice in a row
  • Only team to have two champions
  • First team to score 48pts in a single race
  • 5 poles in a row
  • Only team to have two 1-2 finishes / Santiago 18 (with Renault) and Berlin 20 (with DS)
  • Only team to win both championships twice
  • Only team to win both championships back to back
  • Third team to do 3 most consecutive wins for a team/manufacturer (shared with Audi and Renault)
  • Only team to win Drivers and Teams championships before the last race (RD9 out of 11).
  • Team with the largest lead to 2nd : 77 points

Season six saw the largest end of season gap in both Drivers (71 points) and Teams (77 points).

Driver records

António Félix da Costa

  • Is the only driver to win a race for three different Formula E teams.
  • Is now the first driver to win the Formula E championship with two races remaining.
  • Is the only driver to have won the championship with two races to go
  • Is the driver with the largest lead to 2nd : 71 points
  • 3rd driver to do a hat-trick (Berlin RD 6 2020) shared with Sébastien Buemi and Daniel Abt
  • 3 consecutive pole positions in a single season
  • 3 consecutive wins (Season 6) shared with Sébastien Buemi
  • First driver to receive an Order of Merit as a result of winning a championship

About Antonio's 2019/2020 Formula E season

Wins: 4 (3 consecutive)

Podiums: 9 (7 consecutive)

Pole positions: 5 (consecutive)

Fastest in quali groups: 4

Lap lead: 174

Jean-Éric Vergne

  • First back to back champion
  • Only driver to win the championship twice
  • Only driver to have won the championship with one race to go

Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy

Techeetah became the first Formula E team to join the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy support series, fielding one car for the inaugural 2018-19 season with Stefan Rzadzinski behind the wheel. The team competed under the name TWR Techeetah and was part of the Pro class.[16] The eTrophy entry included an arrangement with Ryan Walkinshaw to return his late father Tom's TWR brand to international motorsport.

2018-19 season

A plain white livery was used during the first round in Ad Diriyah. Before the second round in Mexico City, a retro Silk Cut-based livery was introduced, which has been in use ever since.[17] Rzadzinski's deal with the team came to end before the Berlin ePrix. Former Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver and 2008-09 A1GP champion Adam Carroll was announced as his replacement.[18] The team, however, completely withdrew from the following round held in New York City.[19]

The team's best result came at the Paris ePrix, where Rzadzinski finished second. For the majority of the season, the TWR Techeetah team was consistently behind the likes of Jaguar Brazil Racing and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, whose drivers were regularly competing for wins. It was also the only team in the Pro class to not win a race during the season.

Results

Formula E

2015-16: Team Aguri
Year Chassis Powertrain Tyres No. Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Points T.C.
Techeetah
2016-17 Spark SRT01-e Renault Z.E. 16 M HKG MRK BUE MEX MCO PAR BER NYC MTL 156 5th
25 France Jean-Éric Vergne Ret 8 2 2 Ret Ret 8 6 2 8 2 1
33 China Ma Qinghua Ret 15 16
Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez 10 8 12
France Stéphane Sarrazin 11 14 3 12 3 8
2017-18 Spark SRT01-e Renault Z.E. 17 M HKG MRK SCL MEX PDE RME PAR BER ZUR NYC 262 2nd
18 Germany André Lotterer DSQ 13 Ret 2 13 12 3 6 9 4 7 9
25 France Jean-Éric Vergne 2 4 5 1 5 1 5 1 3 10 5 1
DS Techeetah
2018-19 Spark SRT05e DS E-TENSE FE19 M ADR MRK SCL MEX HKG SYX RME PAR MCO BER BRN NYC 222 1st
25 France Jean-Éric Vergne 2 5 Ret 13 13 1 14 6 1 3 1 15 7
36 Germany André Lotterer 5 6 13 5 14 4 2 2 7 Ret 14 17 Ret
2019-20 Spark SRT05e DS E-TENSE FE20 M DIR SCL MEX MRK BER I BER II BER III 244 1st
13 Portugal António Félix da Costa 14 10G 2 2 1 1G 1 4 2 Ret 9
25 France Jean-Éric Vergne Ret 8 Ret 4 3 Ret 10 3G 1G 18 7
Notes
  • G - Driver was fastest in group qualifying stage and was given one championship point.
  • + - Driver did not finish the race, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance.

Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy

Year Car Class Tyres No. Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Points D.C.
TWR Techeetah
2018-19 Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY P M ADR MEX HKG SYX RME PAR MCO BER NYC
18 Canada Stefan Rzadzinski 126 Ret Ret 33 55 22 105 WD WD 43 6th
77 United Kingdom Adam Carroll 55 WD WD 6 7th
Notes
  • + - Driver did not finish the race, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance.

Footnotes

  1. ^ Techeetah took over Team Aguri prior to the 2016-17 season rather than entering the sport as a new entity.[1]

References

  1. ^ Klein, Jamie (28 June 2016). "Team Aguri concludes Chinese takeover deal". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ "About DS TECHEETAH". DS TECHEETAH.
  3. ^ "Techeetah: The inside line on Formula E's newest team". July 27, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ "Formula E Accepts 10 Teams For Third Season 2016-17 And Adds 5 New Cities". July 9, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ "Vergne, Qinghau form Techeetah Formula E line-up". July 7, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ "Gutierrez to Techeetah". March 9, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ Mitchell, Scott (June 3, 2017). "Sarrazin joins Techeetah from Venturi, replaces Gutierrez". Motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ Smith, Sam (26 September 2017). "Lotterer Signs for Techeetah". e-racing365. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ Dagys, John (14 July 2018). "Di Grassi Leads Audi 1-2; Vergne Clinches Title in Race 1". e-racing365. Retrieved 2019.
  10. ^ Dagys, John (15 July 2018). "Vergne Wins Race 2; Audi Claims Teams' Title in New York". e-racing365. Retrieved 2019.
  11. ^ Dagys, John (14 July 2019). "Frijns Wins Race 2; Vergne Crowned Champion in NYC". e-racing365. Retrieved 2019.
  12. ^ Smith, Topher. "Lotterer joins Jani at Porsche for season six". e-racing.net. Retrieved .
  13. ^ "DS?,". DS Automobile. 2018-07-24.
  14. ^ Smith, Sam (17 September 2019). "Da Costa's Move to DS Techeetah Confirmed". e-racing365. Retrieved 2019.
  15. ^ Kalinauckas, Alex (14 December 2018). "Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne's Techeetah contract extended". Autosport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 2019.
  16. ^ Kalinauckas, Alex (December 14, 2018). "TWR name revived as Techeetah enters Jaguar I-PACE eTrophy". Motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 2019.
  17. ^ Smith, Sam (February 11, 2019). "TWR Techeetah Launches Retro Livery". e-racing365. Retrieved 2019.
  18. ^ Smith, Sam (May 23, 2019). "Carroll to Replace Rzadzinski at TWR Techeetah in Berlin". e-racing365. Retrieved 2019.
  19. ^ Smith, Sam (July 12, 2019). "New York City Friday Notebook". e-racing365. Retrieved 2019.

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