DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird took third place at the Formula E Marrakesh ePrix this weekend, with teammate Alex Lynn also securing a points finish.
The result puts Bird just four points off the top spot in the driver standings and DS Virgin Racing second overall in the team standings.
Bird started off the day well, finishing second in qualifying while Lynn was just behind in sixth. The opening laps saw Bird challenging Sebastien Buemi for the lead, while Lynn was looking strong in sixth until he was hit from behind by Daniel Abt. The German driver was subsequently penalised by Lynn had to fight to produce a strong comeback and end the day in ninth place.
“This weekend promised a lot but sadly we didn’t come away with all the points we deserved,” Lynn said. “We qualified well and were in the fight during the race but unfortunately it was ruined by another driver which put paid to what we should have scored.”
Bird, meanwhile, was unable to hold on to his second position slot but picked up his 11th podium finish of his Formula E career. He remains a strong title contender heading into the next rounds in Chile.
“Not everything went the way we wanted it to this weekend, but third place is still a strong result for me and the team, with yet more championship points,” Bird said. “It’s a good platform for us to build on for the races ahead and we hope it continues.”
Team principal Alex Tai added: “Sam, Alex and the whole team performed fantastic today on a track that was always going to be tough on energy consumption. To have always finished in the points – together with a win and a podium – in the first three races, just shows what a great position we’re in heading into the next race in Santiago.”
The FIA Formula E Championship continues on February 3rd at the inaugural Santiago ePrix.