DS Virgin Racing is preparing for the start of the European leg of the Formula E Championship this weekend in Rome.
The Rome ePrix is the inaugural Italian race in the series and marks the second half of the 12-race 2017/18 season. The Circuto Cittadino dell’EUR track will start and finish on the Via Cristoforo Colombo, before racing around the Obelisco di Marconi, against the backdrop of the iconic Colosseo Quadrato. With 33 laps over 2.84km, it’s the second longest track of the season.
The DS Virgin Racing team will be hoping to continue their strong performance from the first half of the season, which sees them currently at third in the team standings – and driver Sam Bird thirs in the drivers’ standings too.
“I’m really looking forward to the race in Rome,” Bird said. “It’s such an iconic and historic city, and a country with amazing motorsport heritage. It’s been a strong first half to the season for us with a win and two podiums already, and I’m eager to continue this heading into Rome, and to keep the pressure on for the titles.”
Teammate Alex Lynn, who is racing his inaugural Formula E series this year, secured his best result in the last race in Punta del Este, finishing in sixth position. He said: “It was great to get my best result so far last time out. We also qualified in the top two which shows the pace we have, so I’m really looking forward to carrying that momentum into Rome and beyond. The track looks challenging and of course will be new to all drivers, but we’ve been preparing hard and we’re raring to go.”
Team Principal Alex Tai added: “It’s a credit to Formula E for the series to be yet again racing in another new city, and one as spectacular as Rome. As we enter the second half of the season, the competition really starts to get tough, but we’re currently in third place in both the drivers’ and the teams’ championship and we didn’t get there by luck! We have two fantastic, talented and consistent drivers – as the statistics show – combined with a standout engineering team and of course a quick car, so we’re looking forward to bringing our strong performance to Rome and the upcoming European races.”
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