Sam Bird, a former winner of the Rome ePrix back during the 2017-18 FIA Formula E season, cannot wait to attack this weekend’s double-header in Italy with Jaguar Racing.
The British racer made the switch to Jaguar at the end of the 2019-20 season after spending his whole Formula E career up until then with Virgin Racing. He has already tasted success with his new team this year having won race two of the Diriyah ePrix weekend at the end of February.
“I cannot wait to head to Italy for the first time with Jaguar Racing and get back out on track in the Jaguar I-TYPE 5,” said Bird, who’s victory in Saudi Arabia ensured he continued his unbroken record of winning in every season of Formula E.
“We started our racing partnership incredibly well with a victory in Diriyah last time out.”
Bird says Rome has been kind to him in the past thanks to his victory in season four, although his last appearance there in 2018-19 saw him miss out on points in eleventh. Last year’s event was one of those cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The thirty-four-year-old admits this weekend is going to be difficult, particularly during Saturday’s first Qualifying session when both he and team-mate Mitch Evans find themselves in group one on track.
“In the past Rome has been kind to me – I won there in 2018,” said Bird. “Mitch and I are both in Group 1 for qualifying in round three which will be tough, but we will be giving it everything to keep the team out in front.”