Season four of the FIA Formula E Championship starts this weekend in Hong Kong, with a doubleheader set around the Central Harbourfront and DS Virgin Racing are hoping for a strong start to their campaign this year.
The 10-turn route in Hong Kong extends 1.86km along Lung Wo Road, Man Yiu Street and Yiu Sing Street, and marks the second year for the city to host the event. The circuit is largely unchanged from last year’s, with just a slight change to the chicane at turns three and four. The main difference with this year is that Hong Kong will host two races of varying distances (43 laps and 45 laps) to add an extra element to planning strategies.
“As one of only three teams to have won in every season, for sure, our aim is to continue our winning ways into season four,” team principal Alex Tai said. “We have two very strong drivers in Sam and Alex, a quick car and a fantastic, experienced team, so we have all the elements needed to make a real impact in Hong Kong and beyond.”
Sam Bird added: “It’s always difficult to predict what will happen ahead of a new season but for sure we’ve got a good package and we’re ready to come out fighting. We had a series of very strong results towards the end of last season, which gave us a solid platform to develop on over the summer so hopefully this can translate into strong results.”
Season four marks Alex Lynn’s first as a full-time driver for DS Virgin Racing, having been promoted from reserve driver after last season’s finale in New York, where Lynn gained pole position in his first ever Formula E race.
“I’m very excited heading into my first full Formula E season,” Lynn said. “It’s an amazing opportunity and one I can’t wait to grasp and showcase what I can do. Preparations have gone really well, from testing and simulator work through to fitness. With DS Virgin Racing, I know I have a great team behind me and a very experienced team-mate alongside me, so I can’t wait to go racing.”
To give DS Virgin Racing a boost in the season opener, vote for Alex and Sam in the FanBoost, either on the Formula E website or by tweeting using #FanBoost #SamBird or #FanBoost #AlexLynn.
Both races will be shown on Channel 5 in the UK from 9am on December 2nd and 3rd.