Virgin Racing drivers, Sam Bird and Jaime Alguersuari are aiming to send the team top of the Team Standings in the fourth race of the FIA Formula E Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Virgin Racing drivers, Sam Bird and Jaime Alguersuari are both confident of making FIA Formula E history by becoming the first team to have two drivers on the podium in the fourth race of the brand new all-electric racing series.
Spaniard Jaime Alguersuari is self-assured that he can win in the Argentina following his most successful race in the Championship in race three in Uruguay and believes his Virgin Racing teammate, Sam Bird, can join him on the podium.
Speak ahead of the fourth ePrix, Jaime Alguersuari, Virgin Racing driver said: “I personally really like the track from what we have seen from the simulator. Argentina is a great place to race and I’m sure we can win because we came close to doing so at the last race in Uruguay. The car is quick and if we manage to run a day with no issues and have a clean race, it is very probable that we can win. We are here to win. I want to win the Championship. We are only in the fourth race and already we have improved so much. I have a great teammate, too. He is quick and he is smart and I know he will perform well in Argentina but he will be behind me. That’s the only message I can give him. It would be great to get a 1-2 finish on the podium… but me first."
With two podium finishes in three races, including a dominant victory in Putrajaya Malaysia in November, Sam Bird has made his intentions clear for the second South American race of the Series.
Sam Bird, Virgin Racing driver said, “I expect to go about winning by being focused, fast and consistent and working hard with my engineer. If we win I expect a lot of celebrating and a lot of smiles but also I expect us to focus on the fact that there’s going to be another five rounds after this race and keep our feet on the floor."
The city street-circuit that will host this weekend’s race is in the heart of Buenos Aires along the latest urban renewal project in Argentina’s capital city. The track is 2.4-kilometres and features 12 turns including a mix of high-speed corners, chicanes and hairpins.
The team, led by Team Principal Alex Tai, who recently became appointed the newly established Formula E Teams' Association (FETA) Chairman, will be determined to build on the success in Championship so far.
Alex Tai, Virgin Racing Team Principal, said, “We are in a very strong position in this Championship. Now three races in, both of our drivers have shown that we travel to each ePrix with every intention of getting a podium finish. In Uruguay we were unfortunate to miss out on our third podium in as many races and the entire Virgin Racing team know that and we want to put that right by having both Sam Bird and Jaime Alguersuari with trophies in their hands on Saturday evening."
The fourth FIA Formula E race will start at 7pm local time (6pm GMT+1) and will be broadcast live on ITV4.