DS Virgin Racing Team drivers Jean-Eric Vergne and Sam Bird are hoping for success at the upcoming FIA Formula E Buenos Aires ePrix in Argentina at the weekend, as they take on 2.44km circuit in the sweltering Argentinian heat.
After an eventful race for Vergne in Punta del Este saw the Frenchman claim his first points of the season, a strong start for Bird ended in disappointment when the British driver was forced to retire with a battery failure.
“Buenos Aires is a short track,” said Bird. “Everyone is going to be extremely close in terms of timing. Most of the corners are slow speed, so skilled braking and corner exits are vital.”
The 12 turn circuit is made up of high-speed corners, hairpins and chicanes and is expected to be one of the most exciting events of the 2015/16 Formula E season.
The Brit continued by saying: “…I believe we’re going to Buenos Aires in good shape. I’d like to think we learnt a lot from what went wrong in Punta del Este when we suffered from some battery issues.
Something that does fill me with confidence is that my speed on this track last year was great and had it not been for a mishap in the pit stop, I believe we would have won last year. I came 7th then – I’m aiming a lot higher than that on Saturday.”
“I have fond memories of this track,” said Vergne, who finished ahead of 2015/16 teammate, Bird, last year. “I’d go as far as to say this is one of my favourite tracks. I did well here last year which makes me keen to get back in the car. Especially after all the work the technical team have done, like Sam said, I reckon we’re a step forward on the previous two races.”
DS Virgin Racing Team Principal, Alex Tai, also commented on the upcoming weekend. “The Team has been very busy since Uruguay analysing race and test data,” explained Tai. “We believe we have made a step forward in our understanding of the season two car dynamics and look forward to putting these into practice in Argentina.
We cannot afford to rest and I am driving the team hard. I have high hopes for Buenos Aires and I look forward to seeing the results of this effort.”
The upcoming Formula E e.Prix will take place on February 6th.