Formula E Drivers’ Championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne has expressed his anger at the delay in deploying the Full Course Yellow in this past weekend’s E-Prix in Zurich.
Vergne had a tumultuous race, with his misfortune culminating in a drive-through penalty when he was deemed to have gone over the controlled Full Course Yellow maximum speed.
The Frenchman was clocked at 66.9 km/h while still under the caution period as the race was just about to go back to green flag status.
The penalty caused Vergne to drop down the pack, and ultimately he saw his points advantage over Sam Bird reduced to 23 points with just two races of the 2017/18 season remaining.
However, it was the two-lap delay in declaring a Full Course Yellow which angered the Techeetah driver most.
“It was way too late and I don’t know if they [the officials] were sleeping,” an angry Vergne told e-racing365.
“It is so dangerous to have a front-wing in the middle of the track and on the racing line and I just didn’t see it as there was a driver in front [d’Ambrossio] and I actually thought they had removed it.
“I am a little bit shocked by how slow they reacted and yet they act really fast for my penalty.”
Vergne added that he is not concerned at seeing his healthy lead over Bird nearly cut in half, emphasising that he will be up for a fight at the double-header weekend in USA next month.
“I will approach New York with full attack,” Vergne explained. “Today I am obviously very angry because we could have wrapped up the championship today or got very close to it but we lost 17 points [to Bird].
“I have the car and I have the speed and very high motivation now and I’m not worried. 23 points is a lot and I am still in a much better position than he [Bird] is.”