After a second place finish for Sam Bird in Marrakech earlier this season, the pressure is on in Mexico City this weekend for DS Virgin Racing to prove the team’s capabilities.
Technical difficulties saw Sam’s end early in Hong Kong and both drivers experienced difficult qualifying sessions in Buenos Aires at the last ePrix. Despite this, the team is determined to achieve a race result in Mexico City, with the undoubted pace of its car and drivers.
“I’m going into Mexico with a positive attitude after a difficult race in Buenos Aires,” Bird said. “I believe in the team and in the car they have put underneath me and if we get qualifying right there’s podiums to be had.”
José María López added: “I’m growing in confidence with every second I spend in the DSV-02.” Something which is clear from the way he heroically battle through the pack in Buenos Aires to finish in 10th place after starting in 20th.
The weekend won’t be without its challenges though – López has commitments with WEC testing, which mean he won’t arrive in Mexico City until the early hours of race day. As a result, the team’s reserve and development driver Alex Lynn will be driving during shakedown and will be on standby to race, if required.
“It will be a little challenging to be arriving in the early hours of race day,” López admitted. “But I’ve been doing a lot of work in the simulator in the build up to this race, and after fighting through the field in Buenos Aires to score another point in Formula E, I’m getting more and more comfortable with the car.”
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