Royal Wedding celebrations might be sweeping the UK for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this weekend, but DS Virgin Racing will be in Berlin hoping for something to celebrate themselves at the Formula E Berlin E-Prix.
Held at Tempelhof Airport in the German capital, the race coincides with the royal couple’s big day and the British team (complete with two British drivers) will be hoping to come away with a crown of their own.
This season has already been DS Virgin Racing’s strongest to date, they’re currently in second position in the team standings with driver Sam Bird also in second spot in the drivers’ championship after a dramatic finish to the Paris E-Prix saw him take third place, despite crossing the finish line with only three wheels. Another strong result in Berlin for Bird will see him narrow the gap to title rival Jean-Eric Vergne.
“I’m really looking forward to the Berlin race,” Bird said. “The championship is nearing its clearing stages, so we know every point is vital. I’m certainly not thinking about the title at this stage and will just approach this race like I would any other. Hopefully we can get another strong result for me and the team.”
Teammate Alex Lynn, competing in his rookie Formula E season, will also be hoping for a strong result to help bolster the team’s points tally. “We’ve had a couple of frustrating results recently, but we know the pace is there and we’ve been working hard in the simulator to prepare ourselves for the event which will be another new track for me,” Lynn said. “The team and I are feeling confident and hopefully we can come away with some good points.”
Berlin is the ninth of 12 races this season and the fourth time the German capital has hosted an E-Prix. The circuit is a 2.375km, 10-turn, purpose built track at the former international airport.
Team Principal Alex Tai commented: “The season has gone from strength to strength for us and we’re really looking forward to continuing this momentum in Berlin. Germany has a great motorsport heritage and the crowds are always really enthusiastic. Lying second in both the teams’ and drivers’ standings is a fantastic position to be in with four races remaining, and hopefully the Royal Wedding won’t be the only thing we’re toasting come race day.”
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