A few weeks before the launch of the new Formula E season, DS Automobiles and its partner PENSKE AUTOSPORT have announced that they are extending their adventure with Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne – champion in 2018 and 2019 – as well as Belgian driver Stoffel Vandoorne, world champion in 2022. Season 9 delivered mixed results but many valuable lessons. As a result, this unique line-up of Formula E champions has been reunited again with the French team. The objective is to return to the highest level of competition right from the very first race, which will take place in Mexico on January 13, 2024. With a double title in 2019 and 2020, the Stellantis group’s premium manufacturer is counting on the performance of the DS E-TENSE FE23 – of which the latest design will be presented on October 9 – and the whole team’s expertise to secure further podium finishes. A true technological laboratory, Formula E remains a key asset for DS Automobiles, which will be 100% electric from 2024.
Eugenio Franzetti, DS Performance Director: “We had some high points last year with victory in India, podiums in Cape Town and Berlin, and pole position at Sao Paulo, but we also experienced some more difficult moments. Throughout all these highs and lows, there was one big constant: our drivers! They were consistently fast and always determined to deliver their very best, both on and off the track. For those reasons, we are very happy to continue this adventure along with our two champions. We’re the only team to be fielding two world champions, and using their talent as a base, we will build up the forthcoming season by paying particular attention to preparation and performance during each and every race weekend.”
Jean-Eric Vergne, 2018 and 2019 Formula E World Champion: “I am very happy to continue the adventure with DS PENSKE! Same team mate, same Gen 3 car. As one chapter closes, we now have to focus on what is ahead. I love racing, and above all, I love winning: this is a very special feeling that I want to experience again with the team. I have a real relationship of trust with the engineers and the mechanics; their dedication and hard work is truly inspiring. I want to reward the faith that Jay Penske and the rest of the team have placed in me. At the start of a season, all the points go back to zero. With Stoffel, we form a solid duo. We had a couple of good races, and we are working extremely hard to come back to the top. We have just got to try to do better, and we will not stop until we do. My absolute focus and determination are at the highest, and my motivation is higher than ever to bring home some more titles with this fantastic team !”
Stoffel Vandoorne, 2022 Formula E champion: “I am delighted to continue the journey we started a year ago with this team. Consistency and stability will be the foundations of our future success. JEV and I are one of the best duos on the scene. We have made some significant steps over the last season, and we are getting stronger together! Consistency in performance is our aim for this coming season. The ultimate goal is to win the championship. I am excited to help continue to build on that momentum and pick up plenty of trophies with the team.”