Vergne confirmed for DS Virgin alongside Bird

Jean-Eric Vergne has signed to race for the DS Virgin team alongside Sam Bird in season two of the FIA Formula E Championship.

The ex-Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver switches from the Andretti squad, having finished seventh overall in the inaugural season of the all-electric series with podiums at Long Beach and Battersea Park to his credit.

"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," said Vergne.

"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. 

"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.”

Bird, twice a winner in season one, is believed to have re-signed with DS Virgin during June's Battersea Park round in which he won the second race.

“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," said the Briton.

"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.”

The new alliance between DS – a sub-brand of Citroen - and Virgin Racing has got off to a promising start with Virgin having completed all of its allocated 15 days of testing last month at Guadix in Spain.

Motorsport.com broke the news of the teams’ first test at the Val D’Or test facility in May, and also uncovered talks between the team and Vergne’s manager Julian Jakobi, which began in the same month.

Vergne was initially believed to be continuing with Andretti and was nominated by the team on the official FIA season entry list.

However, Motorsport.com understands that the deal between DS Virgin Racing and Vergne was completed early last month.

It is unclear as to why Vergne’s name was submitted to the FIA as an Andretti Formula E driver at the end of July.

Vergne is believed to still have a possibility of racing in F1 with the new Haas team next season, but it remains to be seen how this would or could fit in alongside his Formula E commitments.

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Series Formula E
Drivers Sam Bird , Jean-Eric Vergne
Teams Virgin Racing
Article type Breaking news