Adrien Simon was visibly excited during the press conference: “Ever since I was little, I always wanted to race in motorsport, and as a Frenchman, one of the things that first inspired me was the Michel Vaillant comics. It is truly an honour to race under the Vaillante banner, and I want to thank everyone involved for making this happen.”
Team principal Arthur Lapierre was just as pleased: “We’re extremely happy to be running this special livery. In the French-speaking world, Michel Vaillant is a cultural icon, and like Adrien, it was something I grew up with – though I must admit I can remember the first book in the series, but only just! We wanted to make this special, and as part of the commemoration, all of Adrien’s side of the garage will be decorated as DS Automobiles Team Vaillante. We must thank the Formula Virtual organisation for allowing us to do this, and we also think the fans will really enjoy seeing something new on the track!”
Allar Kangur will remain in the usual red car of the DS Mathershaw team for France, with Adrien returning to the normal livery for round 6 and beyond.