Wednesday, 15 February 2017

The fastest man in electric racing talks cars, tracks, and the sport’s fast maturity

Dan Bathie

After what seems like an interminably long break—punctuated by the world's most lucrative e-sports race—the Formula E electric racing championship swings back into action this weekend in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Last year, DS Virgin Racing's Sam Bird won the race, and we recently spoke with him about the team's new car, that e-sports race, the season so far, and the challenges ahead.

Bird had a strong showing in the season-opening race in Hong Kong last October until technical troubles marred his pit stop; he was running in the lead and looked set for a win until the problems dropped him down to an eventual thirteenth place. Things went better in Morocco in November, with the young British driver claiming second after a late-race pass. "Marrakesh feels like a long time ago now," Bird told us, "but the season is going OK so far. I was disappointed with our overall pace in Hong Kong, and we should have won if not for the problem. But there's no reason we can't have a decent result."

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