The French producer, an offshoot of the Citroen model, was beforehand in partnership with the Techeetah workforce all through the Gen2 period and received two drivers’ and groups’ champions apiece with the Chinese language-owned squad.
However with important uncertainty over the dedication of SECA, the Chinese language media conglomerate accountable for Techeetah, DS has parted methods with the workforce and strikes its attentions to the Dragon Penske squad – owned by Jay Penske, son of Workforce Penske and IndyCar CEO Roger.
Vergne continues his Stellantis ties to stick with DS, dovetailing that with a drive at Peugeot’s World Endurance Championship Hypercar mission, whereas 2021-22 title winner Vandoorne strikes groups after three years with the departing Mercedes workforce.
DS director of efficiency Thomas Chevaucher, who additionally strikes over from Techeetah, says that the marque is “keen” to start a profitable partnership with the workforce previously referred to as Dragon.
“The beginning of a brand new affiliation is at all times a giant second, and all of us at DS Efficiency are keen to start this new journey with Penske Autosport,” stated Chevaucher.
“We’re beginning this partnership in the absolute best means by having two champions within the workforce!
“Due to Stoffel and Jean-Eric, we most likely have top-of-the-line line-ups and likewise the quickest pairing on the grid.
“With the powertrain and software program experience of DS Efficiency, we are actually in an excellent place to proceed our hunt for victories and titles.”
Penske added: “We’re thrilled to companion with DS Vehicles, an iconic automotive model who shares our ambitions in striving for excellence.
Vandoorne will exchange outgoing Sette Camara on the rebranded Penske workforce after Mercedes’ exit from FE
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“It is a main milestone for our workforce, and one thing we’ve been wanting ahead to for years. Collectively we are going to push the technological boundaries in our hunt for efficiency and wins.
“With world champion driver Stoffel and two-time champion Jean-Eric, I’m assured that we’ve one of many strongest line-ups on the grid!”
Dragon completed the earlier season with simply two factors, courtesy of Sergio Sette Camara’s heroics in London. An preliminary coup in signing Antonio Giovinazzi from Alfa Romeo’s System 1 workforce was unable to bear fruit because the Italian failed to attain.
Sette Camara has since departed the team for NIO 333, whereas Giovinazzi is a contender for a Haas F1 seat having maintained ties with Ferrari.
The Dragon Penske workforce has beforehand received two races in System E, with a win in each of the primary two seasons due to Jerome D’Ambrosio – who has recently left his team principal role at Maserati.
Dragon positioned second within the first ever groups’ championship, however a gradual slide implies that it has completed 11th in every of the final three seasons.
Earlier than becoming a member of Techeetah, DS additionally equipped powertrains to the Virgin – now Envision – workforce throughout the Gen1 period.