Jean-Éric Vergne

Name: Jean-Éric Vergne
Born: 25th April 1990
Nationality: French
Team: DS Techeetah
Car Number: 25

Career
Jean-Éric started karting in 1994, competing in his first championship for karting in 2000. In 2006, he came 2nd in European Championship in the ICA category. In the following year, Vergne came 2nd in French Championship Elite and 6th in the World Championship Formula A.

2007 provided the start of Jean-Éric’s single seater debut, driving in Formula Campus Renault, where he claimed 6 wins out of 10 podiums in 13 races, meaning he finished 1st in the standings ahead of Fabien Rosier.

For 2008, he once again competed in Formula Renault but this time in the 2.0 series. With 58 points under his name, including a podium, Vergne finished 6th in the standings. Along with the 2.0 series, he competed in the Formula Renault West European Cup, where the likes of drivers like Daniel Ricciardo and current teammate António Félix da Costa also competed. With 3 podiums, Jean-Éric finished in 4th behind of Andrea Caldarelli.

In the following year, Vergne competed again in Formula Renault 2.0 and WEC. This time in the 2.0 series, he finished in 2nd behind Albert Costa, with 128 points. In the WEC series, he finished once again behind Albert Costa even though he scored 10 podiums with 3 being wins in 14 races.

For the 2010 season, Jean-Éric moved to British Formula 3, competing with Carlin. Claiming 20 podiums out of the 30 races with 13 wins, he finished in 1st ahead of James Calado with 392 points. During this year, Vergne competed in the Masters of Formula 3, driving with Carlin. He qualified 8th and finished in 4th for the race itself. As well as this, Jean-Éric competed in the annual Macau Grand Prix, driving alongside António Félix da Costa, James Calado and Jazeman Jaafar. Vergne also competed in 2 rounds of GP3, though replaced by Daniel Juncadella for the rest of the season under contract. Out of the 4 races, his highest finishes were 4th and 5th, earning 9 points and putting him in 17th. Jean-Éric made his Formula Renault 3.5 series debut with Tech 1 Racing, competing in the final 3 rounds. Despite this, he managed to claim a win and 4 podiums, finishing the season at 8th behind Nathanaël Berthon.

For 2011, he made his full Formula Renault 3.5 series debut, competing with Carlin alongside Robert Wickens. With 5 wins and 9 podiums under his name, Vergne finished in 2nd with 232 points behind teammate Robert Wickens with 241 points. Also during this year, he was the test driver for Toro Rosso after being invited to the junior programme in 2007.

Vergne made his step up to Formula 1 in 2012 with Scuderia Toro Rosso, Red Bull’s junior Formula 1 team. He sat with Daniel Ricciardo for the season, driving the car 17. With 4 points finishes under his name, Vergne ended up 17th in the standings with 16 points.

He was retained again for the 2013 season, though this time, he got a 10th in Malaysia, 8th in Monaco, 6th in Canada. This meant Jean-Éric classified 15th with 13 points, behind his teammate Daniel Ricciardo.

For his final season of Formula 1, he was still in Toro Rosso, though this time his teammate was Russian Daniil Kvyat after Daniel Ricciardo was promoted. With 7 points finishes, Vergne finished in 13th with 22 points. Following this season, he moved to Formula E (with more info below).

2017 marked the start of his endurance career, competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship with CEFC Manor TRS Racing, competing in 8 rounds, including 24 hours of Le Mans. Vergne finished in 15th with 32.5 points in the main championship and 10th in the LMP2 category with 81 points. In the Le Mans race, he classified in 6th with his team.

For 2018, this time Vergne competed in European Le Mans series with G-Drive Racing with Roman Rusinov and Andrea Pizzitola. Out of the 5 races he competed in, Jean-Éric won 3 with his team, finishing the season on 88.25 points and 2nd in the standings. Also in the 24 hours of Le Mans race, his team finished in 3rd but was disqualified due to modified refuelling rigs. During this year, he also competed in a round of the FIA World Endurance Championship with TDS Racing in the Fuji round where he finished 4th in the race. Vergne therefore finished with 12 points and 16th in the standings for the LMP2 category.

In 2019, Jean-Éric competed again in the European Le Mans series with G-Drive racing, alongside Roman Rusinov and Job van Uitert. Though only racing for 4 rounds out of the 6, he won one in Barcelona and on the podium in Silverstone. Along with this, the team was automatically invited to the Le Mans race. The team finished in 6th for the race behind IDEC Sport.

FIA Formula E
Jean-Éric Vergne initially made his debut in the Formula E championship in the 3rd round of Punta del Este in 2014 after being unsuccessful in finding a Formula 1 seat. He drove with Andretti Autosport as driver number 27. Despite being his debut race, Vergne scored a pole position in that race and was then on to form his Formula E career. 2014-2015 season gave him 70 points and 2 podiums, finishing 7th in his debut. Andretti had finished 6th in the standings.

For season 2, Vergne moved to Virgin Racing, who were sponsored by DS Automobiles. He was partnered alongside Briton Sam Bird. He went by his current number 25 instead of 27 in the previous year. Within the season, Jean-Éric had a few unsuccessful races, however they were partnered by 2 podiums, earning 56 points and 9th in the standings behind fellow Frenchman Loïc Duval. With 144 points, DS Virgin finished 3rd in the standings.

Techeetah entered the championship in the 2016-2017 season, where Jean-Éric moved to. He was partnered by Ma Qing Hua in rounds 1-3, Esteban Gutiérrez in rounds 4-6 and Stéphane Sarrazin in rounds 7-12. Vergne scored 5 podiums, with a win in Montreal’s season finale. This time, he finished 5th in the standings. Despite it being Techeetah’s debut season, they finished in 5th position with 156 points and was behind DS Virgin Racing.

Remaining in Techeetah, this time he was joined by German driver, André Lotterer. Scoring 4 wins and 6 podiums in 12 races, he won the championship for the first time with 198 points, 54 points more than 2nd place, Lucas di Grassi. Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler beat Techeetah to the team’s champion during the final race of the New York City ePrix double header. They finished 2 points behind Audi, setting with runner up in the championship.

2018-2019 provided equally as much success as 2017-2018 did for Vergne. On top of this, it was the point of his 50th ePrix in Rome. He stayed with Techeetah, now title sponsored by DS Automobiles, driving with André Lotterer for the second season. From here, he went out to win 3 races and on the podium 5 times out of the 13 races, winning his second championship during race 1 of the New York City double header. This made him the first ever double champion. Techeetah also managed to achieve their first championship with 222 points.

For 2020, Vergne once again is with Techeetah, though this time, he is joined by Portuguese driver António Félix da Costa. Current to 15th of March 2020, he is in 8th behind Edoardo Mortara. The next race to be held is undecided due to the coronavirus outbreak.