DS Virgin racing aiming to power home in Uruguay

DS Virgin Racing will be looking to round off 2015 in style, when the FIA Formula E Championship returns to Uruguay next weekend.

After securing the team’s first podium finish of the 2015-16 FIA Formula E season during an eventful race in Putrajaya, Malaysia, last month, Sam Bird will be looking for another strong performance on the streets of Punta del Este in order to consolidate his position within the top 3 of the driver championship standings.

For team-mate Jean-Éric Vergne, Punta will bring back some fond memories – it was here where the Frenchman made his Formula E debut last season, storming to pole position before his race was ultimately cut short.

To celebrate the run-up to the holiday season, the DSV-01 car livery will be given a special festive make-over. Named after Holly and Bellie Branson, each car’s unique ‘flying lady’ graphic will be adorned with Christmas holly and bells for one-race only.

The Punta del Este Street Circuit is one of the most recognisable on the Formula E calendar. Often dubbed the St. Tropez of South America, the circuit features 20 turns as it snakes around the city’s spectacular harbour.

Speaking ahead of the race in Uruguay, Bird said: “After Malaysia the whole team was on a high, so we need to use that energy and channel it into another positive performance in Punta. We’re in a good place but there’s still a lot that we can improve on with the car too, which gives us plenty of optimism going into the weekend. I didn’t have the best of times in Uruguay last year, but it’s a circuit that all of the drivers enjoy and so I’m hoping we can round off the year on a high.”

Ahead of his return to Punta del Este, Jean-Éric Vergne, said: “It’s nice for me personally to come back to a track that has some good memories from last year. I’m hoping I can use that experience to get off the mark for the team, and give them an early Christmas present in the process.”

DS Virgin Racing Team Principal, Alex Tai, said: “We can’t wait to come back to Punta, which is always a great race to round off the year. It took a huge effort from the entire team to get the result that we did in Malaysia and we will need to show the same level of desire and determination to succeed in Uruguay.”

A chance to win exclusive prizes

Fanboost is now open for the Punta del Este ePrix and DS Virgin Racing are giving fans a chance to win exclusive prizes every day with the ’12 Days of Fanboost’ competition. To enter, fans need to vote via Twitter and/or Instagram by posting the #Fanboost hashtag alongside either #SamBird or #JeanEricVergne, or vote via the official app or website at www.fiaformulae.com/fanboost, and post a screenshot of their vote using one of these same hashtag combinations.

Following the race on Saturday 19th December, the DS Virgin Racing team will remain in Punta del Este for a further day of testing on Sunday 20th December. This session will be open to accredited media.

Round Three, Punta del Este, Uruguay – Key Race Timings

Friday 18 December 2015

Shakedown: 3.00pm

Qualifying Group Lottery (e-village): 4.45pm

Saturday 19 December 2015

Non-qualifying practice 1: 8.15am
Non-qualifying practice 2: 10.30am
Qualifying Group 1: 12.00pm
Qualifying Group 2: 12.10pm
Qualifying Group 3: 12.20pm
Qualifying Group 4: 12.30pm
Super Pole: 12.45pm
Race: 4.04pm

FIA Formula E Championship 2015-16 – Driver Standings

Pos

 

Driver

Team

Points

1

11

Lucas DI GRASSI

ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport

43

2

9

Sébastien BUEMI

Renault e.Dams

35

3

2

SAM BIRD

DS VIRGIN RACING FORMULA E TEAM

24

4

23

Nick HEIDFELD

Mahindra Racing Formula E Team

17

5

27

Robin FRIJNS

Andretti Formula E Race Team

16

6

4

Stéphane SARRAZIN

Venturi Formula E Team

14

7

6

Loïc DUVAL

Dragon Racing

12

8

21

Bruno SENNA

Mahindra Racing Formula E Team

10

9

7

Jérôme D’AMBROSIO

Dragon Racing

10

10

88

Oliver TURVEY

NEXTEV TCR Formula E Team

8

11

55

Antonio FELIX DA COSTA

Team Aguri

8

12

66

Daniel ABT

ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport

6

13

77

Nathanaël BERTHON

Team Aguri

4

14

1

Nelson PIQUET JR

NEXTEV TCR Formula E Team

4

15

8

Nicolas PROST

Renault e.Dams

1

16

12

Jacques VILLENEUVE

Venturi Formula E Team

0

17

25

Jean-Éric VERGNE

DS Virgin Racing Formula E Team

0

18

 

Simona DE SILVESTRO

Andretti Formula E Race Team

0

FIA Formula E Championship 2015-16 – Team standings

Pos

Team

Points

1

ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport

49

2

Renault e.Dams

36

3

Mahindra Racing Formula E Team

27

4

DS VIRGIN RACING FORMULA E TEAM

24

5

Dragon Racing

22

6

Andretti Formula E Race Team

16

7

Venturi Formula E Team

14

8

NEXTEV TCR Formula E Team

12

9

Team Aguri

12

DS Virgin

 

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Series Formula E
Event Punta del Este ePrix
Track Streets of Punta del Este
Drivers Sam Bird , Jean-Eric Vergne
Teams Virgin Racing
Article type Preview