Bird: Buemi uncatchable at the moment


2016/2017 FIA Formula E Championship. Marrakesh ePrix, Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan, Marrakesh, Morocco. Saturday 12 November 2016. Sam Bird (GBR), DS Virgin Racing, Spark-Citroen, Virgin DSV-02, Sebastien Buemi (SUI), Renault e.Dams, Spark-Renault, Renault Z.E 16 and Felix Rosenqvist (SWE), Mahindra Racing, Spark-Mahindra, Mahindra M3ELECTRO. Photo: Alastair Staley/LAT/Formula E ref: Digital Image _W2Q8348

Sam Bird believes that championship leader Sebastien Buemi is on another level to the rest of the field.

Buemi is reigning Formula E champion and has cruised to wins in both of the opening rounds of this season.

This form has led Bird to say that Buemi is untouchable at the moment, saying that the rest of the field are fighting for second place.

Having been behind him in the closing laps in Marrakesh, the Briton didn’t believe it was worth even trying to catch Buemi.

“There’s no point, I would have wasted my energy trying to battle with Seb,” Bird told Autosport.

“He’s on his own little level at the moment. It’s going to be very difficult to compete with that level throughout the season.

“We need to improve, there’s 19 guys fighting for second place at the moment. He’s making it very tough for everybody else, he’s driving very well.”

Having led in Hong Kong, Bird failed to score any points after an issue during his pit stop.

Marrakesh was more promising though, and after making the super-pole shootout he was able to keep his place at the front and eventually finish on the podium.

Despite this he still believes his DS Virgin Racing team have a lot of work to do to catch up, although he said he did learn some things from being able to follow Buemi in the last race.

Bird said, “I’ve got some ideas on what to do after following, so we’ll see.

“There’s a lot of work to do, we struggled in some areas.

“The car didn’t handle as brilliantly as those other two [Sebastien Buemi’s Renault e.dams and Felix Rosenqvist’s Mahindra Racing], we struggled a bit more on the balance.”

Bird is currently in fifth place in the championship, the same place he finished in the opening season of the series, and one place worse than he finished the 2015-16 season.