Jean-Eric Vergne has expressed his satisfaction at winning his first Formula E race, and said he believes it will lead to greater things from his Techeetah team.
Despite having competed in three seasons and over thirty races of the all-electric championship, the Frenchman had still not managed to win a race.
However he had been agonisingly close to a first win this season, with four second places and several missed opportunities thanks to unreliability or team errors.
Now that he and Techeetah have their first win under their belts, Vergne is confident that it will lead to more victories in future.
“It has been extremely satisfying as it has been a tough season but I knew it would be like this from the beginning as it was a new team and we had to put everything in place,” he told Motorsport.com.
“There were mistakes as a team but nevertheless, to get second places, double podiums and then a win today is an amazing feeling.
“It will give us a lot more confidence for the future and it will put us in a different place as a team. We can attack next season with a lot more confidence and more knowledge and I think everyone will want more victories.”
Vergne also hinted at some of the work he and the team had put in to achieve their victory.
This included work on Vergne’s energy management, something that was seen as a weakness for the Frenchman in recent times.
“We had to work so hard,” Vergne said. “I worked in the simulator for a week from eight in the morning until 10 at night. The engineers were working even later to prepare.”
“There are no secrets, we had no testing so we had to work damn hard for this.
“It is a lot myself and this season I have worked the hardest and it is fair to say that I have been stronger in this race than I have been in terms of energy management. Now I think I can do a lot more things during the race.”