London sunshine, selfies and E Racing innovation

Enjoyed a thrilling day in the London sunshine at the FIA Formula E season finale, where DS Virgin Racing managed to clinch third place in the Teams’ Championship. 

Before a Q&A in the Virgin lounge, I took the opportunity to show off my party trick of sabering a bottle of Champagne – it took a couple of attempts, but who’s counting?! Discussion turned from Wimbledon (I’m backing Andy Murray for the title) to my grandchildren (I came to the track fresh from nappy-changing duty!). With a DJ, stage, viewing gallery and lots of families around, it was a wonderful atmosphere inside the lounge.

 

Sabering with @ds_virginracing at the London ePrix

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Of course, lots of the buzz around the day was regarding the new innovations coming out of Formula E. I truly believe the day when everybody drives an electric car is not too far away, and the advancements made through this sport will help that dream become a reality. I got chance to test out the DS E-Tense, a concept electric supercar that I’m sure every motoring enthusiast would love to drive one day. 

Before the big race I headed into the garage for a selfie with all the team – how did I do? Then took to the track for the always thrilling grid walk. You can’t beat the excitement just before a big race, and I had the added pleasure of bumping into fellow E Racing fan Sarah Ferguson on the grid. The race itself was a dramatic affair, with thrills and spills galore before DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird had to go into early retirement. Jean-Eric Vergne drove superbly before losing power, but put in another strong showing. 

Before the big race I headed into the garage for a selfie with all the team – how did I do? Then took to the track for the always thrilling grid walk. You can’t beat the excitement just before a big race, and I had the added pleasure of bumping into fellow E Racing fan Sarah Ferguson on the grid. The race itself was a dramatic affair, with thrills and spills galore before DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird had to go into early retirement. Jean-Eric Vergne drove superbly before losing power, but put in another strong showing. 

After 10 races across four continents, with four pole positions and four podiums, I’m proud to say DS Virgin Racing claimed third place in the Championship. I also enjoyed a productive meeting with the London Mayor’s office at the race, discussing the potential to for E Racing to become a street sport in London next time around. These cars could go places no other races can go – we suggested the idea of either starting and finishing the ePrix inside the o2 Arena, or racing via Park Lane, Hyde Park Corner and The Mall. Next season starts bigger and better than ever in Hong Kong on October 9th. Bring it on!

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