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Jean-Eric Vergne Continues Title Chase With Berlin Podium

By Aaron Bearden, Open Wheel Editor

Jean-Eric Vergne’s impressive Season Four run continued with another strong drive in Berlin.

The Frenchman bounced back from a mid-race drop and overtook Sebastien Buemi and Oliver Turvey over the course of the final run to secure a third-place result in Saturday’s BMW i Berlin E-Prix.

The result was the Techeetah shoe’s fifth podium in nine Season Four starts, and marked his 11th-consecutive top five finish in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

“It has been an amazing day and a fantastic weekend,” Vergne said of the run.

Previous results from this season would indicate that Vergne’s podium was an expected result, but the 28-year-old didn’t expect to perform strongly in Russia.

“Last year this circuit was one of the toughest for our team, so we had to manage our expectations going into this round,” Vergne explained.

Finishing ‘best in class’ behind the dominant Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler was a result he and Techeetah were happy to accept.

“Another fault-free drive from the championship frontrunner,” Techeetah Team Principle Mark Preston said. “He has raced every week for four weeks now and has won three out of those four races and including a podium here in Berlin.

“He continues to deliver week after week.

Vergne believed he might lose ground in the championship battle in Berlin after struggling in previous runs on the street circuit.

But in the end the fourth-yea Formule E veteran increased his championship advantage to 40 points over second-place Sam Bird, who finished seventh.

With only three races left, and a maximum of 29 points possible to earn in an E-Prix, Vergne is in position to clinch the championship one race early if he can continue his current streak of success.

“I am so happy with the result, P3 is great points for the championship,” he said. “Audi were untouchable today, but I know how it feels to win your home race so well done to Daniel (Abt).

“Every E-Prix makes us stronger as a team and I’m already excited for our next race.”

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Aaron Bearden is a Contributing Writer for Motorsports Tribune, handling coverage of both the Verizon IndyCar Series and ABB FIA Formula E Championship. A native Hoosier, Bearden has attended races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway since he was three years old. He can be found on social media at @AaronBearden93.