DS Virgin Racing will be taking the title fight to Zurich this weekend as the Formula E Championship races into Switzerland, taking motorsport back to the country for the first time in more than 60 years.
Taking to the Swiss streets on June 10th, British drivers Sam bird and Alex Lynn will race on a 2.46km circuit. Located beside the picturesque Lake Zurich, the drivers will race past the financial quarter before winding their way through the historic city centre and then looping back to the finish line in front of Enge harbour, reaching speeds of up to 220kph.
Racing had previously been forbidden in Switzerland, with the last event taking place at the Bremgarten circuit in 1954. However, a law change in 2015 lifted the restrictions on fully-electric racing, paving the way for Formula E.
Bird will be aiming to close the gap between title rival Jean-Eric Vergne with just three races remaining and 87 points still on offer.
“Compared to the last race in Berlin, the Zurich track certainly suits us better with its mix of 90-degree corners, chicanes and a tight hairpin,” Bird said. “We know we have a quick car and if we can qualify at the front, which we’ve done throughout the season, then for sure we can challenge at the sharp end.”
Lynn added: “After the last race we’ve gone away and worked hard on the simulator and at our Silverstone base to ensure we’re ready for the Zurich E-Prix. With three races remaining, things are getting even closer in the championship, with everything to play for, so we’ll be pushing for a strong points finish to help better our third place in the teams’ standings.”
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