Bird “gutted” by error that cost him podium finish

DS Virgin’s Sam Bird believes he was to blame for the accident that cost him a podium finish in the Long Beach ePrix.

Bird, who led the race from pole early on, was running a close second to race winner Lucas di Grassi when he locked up and ploughed off the track at Turn 5, kissing the tyrewall.

He had just swapped cars the lap before, and suggested over the radio that cold brakes had caught him out.

The incident dropped him to seventh, although he gained one place as Nico Prost was handed a drive-through penalty.

“I’m gutted for the team and gutted for myself,” said Bird. “Eleven points instead of 21 probably. You know, I could have given Lucas a good fight today and I stopped myself, so I’m a bit disappointed.

“I think it was a driver error,” he explained. “But I want to look into it and understand it. But I’ll hold my hands up and say it was my mistake.

“It was fortunate, really, normally when you get stuck in a tyrewall you don’t finish the race, so fortunate in one respect but gutted I didn’t get the second or the win.

“Just a shame we didn’t capitalise at one of the circuits we’re good at.” 

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Series Formula E
Event Long Beach ePrix
Track Streets of Long Beach
Drivers Sam Bird
Teams Virgin Racing
Article type Breaking news