DS Virgin Racing has announced Sam Bird and Jean-Eric Vergneits as its drivers for the 2015-16 season of the FIA Formula E championship .
Bird represented Virgin Racing in the inaugural season of the Formula E championship last year, and had two wins across the season, first in Malaysia and then in front of a home crowd at the London finale. The 28-year-old was one of the season's most impressive drivers, picking up three podiums and two fastest laps, as well as his two race wins.
“Last season was a learning curve but one I thoroughly enjoyed, so I’m elated to be back with the DS Virgin Racing team for the 2015/16 season,” Bird said.
“We had two great wins last season, in Malaysia and then at my home race in London, so the aim is to build on that success and have a fantastic second season in Formula E. The advancements to the car around the powertrain are really exciting so I’m looking forward to getting back behind the wheel shortly in Donington to get some good testing in before the first race in Beijing.”
Jean-Eric Vergne spent last season racing for Andretti Autosport. Previously, he competed in Formula One for Scuderia Toro Rosso, but now he's joining Bird in the DS Virgin Racing garage.
“I am delighted to be joining the DS Virgin Racing Team at such an exciting time for the team, and also for the series given the new regulations for season two. With the DS brand coming on board as a new partner to the team, I am looking forward to being aligned with a French, forward thinking marque,” Vergne said.
“I understand that there are a number of exciting things going on behind the scenes that should ensure that we have a competitive start to the season. Looking back to my first race of last season where I qualified on pole, I am very excited to be getting back into a racing seat at the first race of the season in October. I am confident that my raw pace and appetite for success will help ensure that DS Virgin Racing continues to be one of the leading teams in Formula E.”
The second FIA Formula E season will commence in Beijing on the October 17th 2015 with summer testing starting today at Donington Park.