Sam Bird: “I think we are doing a great job”


Sam Bird feels his FIA Formula E season is going well despite the limitations he has faced with the DS Virgin Racing team, which is heavier than some of its rivals.

Despite the weight issues, the British driver has secured two pole positions at Buenos Aires and Long Beach, converting the former to a race victory, and currently sits third in the championship with four rounds and five races to go.

Bird bemoaned the mistake that cost him a better result in Long Beach after hitting the tyre wall, luckily not hard enough to return but the time he took to recover saw him drop down to sixth.

“I think it’s going really well,” revealed Bird to The Checkered Flag. “Considering the car that I’ve got and how heavy it is, I think we are doing a great job.

“[It was] a shame about LA but mistakes happen, but two pole positions, one win, is not such a bad return considering the weight of the car, and obviously JEV [Jean-Eric Vergne] is finding it tough as well but 71 points so far is not so bad.”

Bird is aiming for more victories in 2016 as the championship heads to France this weekend for the inaugural Paris ePrix, and also hopes to repeat his Battersea Park triumph in his home race in London at the beginning of July.

“I hope for more of the same but it’ll be very difficult,” revealed Bird. “If I can hang on to third in the championship then great, maybe another win or two would be amazing, some more podiums but we’ll need to wait to see. 

“Another win at home would be amazing.”