DS Virgin Racing’s Alex Lynn had another points finish at the Mexico City ePrix this weekend.
The British driver showed very strong pace in the opening practice sessions and despite a crash in FP, was able to qualify in second position with teammate Sam Bird qualifying in ninth as a result of a suspension issue.
Due to previous gear box changes, both drivers incurred 10 place grid penalties and lined up with Lynn in P10 and Bird in P19.
Bird pitted a lap earlier than the rest of the field and following a fast car change was able to move up several positions. Unfortunately, a later incident saw him fall down the rankings as he continued to battle hard around the 17-turn circuit.
Bird said: “It was a tough day at the office, we knew it was going to be difficult from the start of the weekend with the grid penalty, but we showed strong pace in both practice sessions. Going into the race, we knew we had to try something different with our strategy today, sadly this didn’t quite pay off but it’s positive that I still remain third in the driver standings. I’m looking forward to be racing again in Punta Del Este in two weeks’ time.”
Lynn, meanwhile, maintained consistent pace throughout, returning to the track in ninth place after a good pit stop. He continued to push hard, allowing him to finish in the points.
“Today was really positive, the team has showed we were fast through both free practice sessions and then making it into the Superpole shoot-out and qualifying in second,” Lynn said. “Unfortunately, due to a grid penalty, we started the race in tenth but managed to retain the place despite a frantic race. The performance we’ve shown today is positive and we’re confident moving forward to Punta Del Este.”
Team Principal Alex Tai added: “We came into this weekend knowing we had difficult race ahead, but from the start of the weekend we showed we had the pace to challenge at the top. We were strong in all sessions prior to the race, with Alex making it into Superpole and qualifying second and Sam making it into the top ten. Whilst it is disappointing to only come away with one point this weekend, the team showed how competitive we are amongst fierce opposition. We look forward to showing our true potential in a couple of weeks when we race in Punta Del Este.”
DS Virgin Racing will be back in action on March 17th at the next round of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in Punta Del Este.