Bird looking forward to final stint with Virgin

Virgin Racing’s mainstay, Sam Bird is entering into his final races with the team and is looking forward to the return to racing.

Bird has had a difficult season since winning the opening race of the season in Diriyah, having had two retirements in three races, but he is hoping he can get his championship back on track at the Berlin finale.

“I’ve had quite a mixed season so far but winning in Diriyah proved we’ve got the capabilities to fight at the top and I’m looking forward to getting back out in the car again.” commented the Virgin driver.

“I’ve continued to work hard on my fitness in the break and have spent a lot of time working with the team on the simulator and learning the new configurations.

“I think the final track could pose some different challenges, as it looks to be a more technical, so I think they could be very interesting races to watch.”

Bird was announced a month ago to be moving to Jaguar in replacement of James Calado and partnering Mitch Evans for Season 7 and onwards.

Sam Bird (GBR), Envision Virgin Racing, Audi e-tron FE06
Sam Bird in Santiago © FIA Formula E

Having been with Virgin since the inaugural Formula E race, moving was a tough call for Bird, being a founding member of the team.

“Over the years, this team has become more like a family to me and has been a huge part of my racing career.

“Many will know that the team and Formula E resurrected my racing career and for that I am eternally grateful.

“I have so many memories and highlights – both on and off track – to look back on and I really hope there’s still a few more to come in Berlin before I embark on the next chapter of my racing career.

“There is likely to be a tear in my eye come that final race.”

He currently sits in 10th in the championship, only achieving three more points since the 26 for his win and fastest lap in round one and is obviously looking to go out on a high.

Bird remains the only driver to win a race in every season of Formula E with Sebastien Buemi and Lucas Di Grassi failing to win a race yet this season.

Formula E returns on Wednesday with the first Berlin E-Prix at 19:00 local time, 18:00 UK time.