Vergne forbids himself from thinking about second FE title win

DS Techeetah driver Jean-Eric Vergne says he will forbid himself from thinking about winning the 2018/19 Formula E drivers' title ahead of the season finale, despite his heavy standings lead

Vergne forbids himself from thinking about second FE title win

ABB FIA FE heads to New York this weekend for its finale and Vergne has a commanding 32-point lead over Audi driver Lucas di Grassi after winning last time out in Bern.

Vergne's current lead is larger than the 23-point advantage he took to the same event last season, where he secured the 2017/18 title in the first race and then clinched a walk-off win in the second.

If he wins the 2018/19 championship, Vergne would become the first FE driver to successfully defend a title and the series' first multiple champion.

Vergne says the feat would be a "no-brainer" as "the biggest achievement of my career".

"I forbid myself to think about the championship," he said after winning in Bern.

"I'm not very much thinking 'what if I win the championship [for] the second time in New York?'."

"Nothing is comfortable in Formula E.

"Last year I thought 'you know, [Buemi] had the lead in Montreal the year before' [Buemi lost that championship to di Grassi despite having a 10-point lead ahead of the final double-header].

"I consider nothing done. Everything can change so quickly in Formula E.

"It's a good lead. It's bigger than I had last year but I'm not thinking about it too much and I'm going to go to New York just with the same wish - to win and try my best to do that."

Vergne's DS Techeetah squad is also heading to New York with a solid lead in the teams' championship - 43-points over Audi.

In the second New York race last season, Audi gained enough points to deprive Techeetah - then a customer Renault squad - of the 2017/18 teams' championship by just two points.

DS Techeetah team principal Mark Preston explained that his squad has "done everything in our power" to ensure it does not miss out on that prize this time around.

"It's a familiar scenario for the team as we came to New York under the same premises last year," he said.

"Only this time around, we're not going to let the teams' championship slip away.

"Losing out with only two points last year was really painful so let's just say that we've done everything in our power to make sure that doesn't happen again. We want that team win."

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