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DS VIRGIN RACING DETERMINED FOR SUCCESS IN BUENOS AIRES ePRIX

DS Virgin Racing Team drivers Jean-Éric Vergne and Sam Bird will take on the 2.44km track set in the popular district of Puerto Madero this weekend in the forecasted sweltering Argentinian heat.

An eventful ePrix in Punta del Este saw Jean-Éric Vergne surge through the field to claim his first points for the team this season. Sam Bird performed strongly having qualified third during super pole, before having to eventually retire from the race after battery failure. It’s now time for both drivers to gear up for the Buenos Aires ePrix on Saturday, 6 February. The Argentinian ePrix is expected to be one of the most exciting to-date.

The track itself features 12 turns including a mix of high-speed corners, chicanes and hairpins. “Buenos Aires is a short track,” explains British driver, Sam 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.”

Despite an unfortunate end to the Punta del Este ePrix, Sam has performed all season and is optimistic for Buenos Aires. “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.”

Both Bird and his French teammate Jean-Éric Vergne topped the Fanboost leaderboard in Punta del Este, and as Vergne proved by making up 10 places, Formula E’s unique concept of giving the drivers extra power through online voting can really make a difference.

“I have fond memories of this track,” said Vergne, who finished one place ahead of Bird last year. “I’d go as far as to say this is one of my favourites. 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, commented, “The Team has been very busy since Uruguay analysing race and test data. 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.”

Fans can submit a Fanboost vote via the official app or website www.fiaformulae.com/fanboost or via Twitter and Instagram by posting the #Fanboost hashtag alongside either #SamBird or #JeanEricVergne.

FIA Formula E Championship 2015-16 – Driver Standings

Pos No. Driver Team Points
1 9 Sébastien BUEMI Renault e.Dams 62
2 11 Lucas DI GRASSI ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport 61
3 7 Jérôme D’AMBROSIO Dragon Racing 28
4 2 SAM BIRD DS VIRGIN RACING FORMULA E TEAM 24
5 6 Loïc DUVAL Dragon Racing 24
6 23 Nick HEIDFELD Mahindra Racing Formula E Team 17
7 27 Robin FRIJNS Andretti Formula E Race Team 17
8 4 Stéphane SARRAZIN Venturi Formula E Team 16
9 55 Antonio FELIX DA COSTA Team Aguri 16
10 8 Nicolas PROST Renault e.Dams 11
11 21 Bruno SENNA Mahindra Racing Formula E Team 10
12 66 Daniel ABT ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport 10
13 88 Oliver TURVEY NEXTEV TCR Formula E Team 8
14 25 JEAN-ERIC VERGNE DS VIRGIN RACING FORMULA E TEAM 6
15 77 Nathanaël BERTHON Team Aguri 4
16 1 Nelson PIQUET JR NEXTEV TCR Formula E Team 4
17 28 Simona DE SILVESTRO Andretti Formula E Race Team 0
18 12 Jacques VILLENEUVE Venturi Formula E Team 0
19 23 Oliver ROWLAND Mahindra Racing Formula E Team 0

FIA Formula E Championship 2015-16 – Team Standings

Pos Team Points
1 Renault e.Dams 73
2 ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport 71
3 Dragon Racing 52
4 DS VIRGIN RACING FORMULA E TEAM 30
5 Mahindra Racing Formula E Team 27
6 Team Aguri 20
7 Andretti Formula E Race Team 17
8 Venturi Formula E Team 16
9 NEXTEV TCR Formula E Team 12