Multiple Formula E race winner Sam Bird will join Panasonic Jaguar Racing for the 2020-2021 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
The 33-year old Briton has competed in every single Formula E race since the series debut at the 2014 Beijing ePrix, during which time he had secured nine wins and is the only driver to have won a race in every single season of the championship.
He will join season six championship challenger and multiple race winner Mitch Evans for one of the strongest driver line-ups in Formula E.
Sam Bird said: “I am really looking forward to a new chapter in my Formula E career with Panasonic Jaguar Racing. I have watched Jaguar’s growth and progress in the series and am very proud to be driving for an iconic British brand with such a successful racing DNA and joining an incredible list of drivers that have raced for the brand. I am incredibly hungry for success and I believe that together with Mitch we can achieve great things for the team and ourselves.
“I want to thank Envision Virgin Racing for everything we have achieved together and wish them well for the future. After Berlin, I can’t wait to test the Jaguar I-TYPE and be in the best place possible for season seven and beyond.”
The Poole-based driver will get his first taste of the brand new Jaguar I-Type after the current season concludes in Berlin with six races within a week around the Templehof Airport circuit.
James Barclay, Panasonic Jaguar Racing Team Director said: “On behalf of the entire Panasonic Jaguar Racing Formula E team and everyone at Jaguar we would like to welcome Sam to the family. Since the start of Formula E Sam has demonstrated that he is one of the very best drivers in the championship and we believe that together we will form a great partnership.
“With Mitch and Sam we believe that we have arguably one of the strongest driver line-ups on the grid. With extremely close competition it is clear that to be successful in Formula E you need two drivers who can be competing for podiums at every race. We now have two proven race winners that are capable of enabling us to challenge for both team and driver championship titles next season.”
The British driver will leave Envision Virgin Racing on amicable terms after six years together; achieving nine wins and 18 podiums together.
Sylvain Filippi, Managing Director at Envision Virgin Racing, said: “I know I speak for the entire team when I say Sam is one of the most likeable and decorated drivers in Formula E and, come mid-August, will leave us with the utmost respect and admiration. Being a founding member of this team like myself, I personally want to pay tribute to Sam for the excellent job he has done and for being a pleasure to work with over the years. Ever the professional, he remains just as committed and determined to end the season with Envision Virgin Racing on a high.”
Sylvain added that the team will be revealing their season seven driver line-up in the coming days.
Season six of Formula E will conclude at the Berlin Templehof starting on August 5-6 with the two other double-headers on August 8-9 and August 12-13.
The inaugural season of the FIA Formula E World Championship will commence in Santiago on 16 January 2021.