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, DS Virgin Racing hopes to round off the year 2015 in style in Punta del Este, Uruguay. Sam Bird aims to consolidate his position in the top three of the drivers’ championship standings, while team mate Jean-Éric Vergne was quick in last year’s edition in South America’s ‘St. Tropez’.
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.
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.”
“We can’t wait to come back to Punta, which is always a great race to round off the year,” said DS Virgin Racing Team Principal, Alex Tai. “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.”