Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s Sam Bird made history in Saudi Arabia on Saturday becoming the first driver in ABB FIA Formula E history to win a race in every season of the sport to date, racking up his tenth victory and his first with Jaguar Racing.
Speaking following the race he said:
“I was a bit emotional in the car. It was a big move and a big step for me moving away from what was my family in Envision Virgin Racing to join Jaguar Racing, but they’ve welcomed me with open arms and I’m pleased to deliver this win. The whole point of the opening two rounds was to come here and score decent points and if you’d said I’d come away with 25 points, I’d have taken that. Robin was so respectful and a pleasure to race against which is exactly what you’d expect of his calibre. It was really, really good.”
Envision Virgin Racing’s Robin Frijns came home in second place just behind his former team mate Sam Bird and speaking following the race he said:
“I’m really happy today, especially after having such a difficult day yesterday. The team did an amazing job to turn it all around. Hopefully we can keep this form for the rest of the season. We might need to keep working on the race pace as Jean-Eric and Antonio were closing on me towards the end. If we keep having good qualifying sessions, we are going to have a good season.”
DS Techteetah’s Antonio Felix Da Costa completed the podium in third place despite minor contact with his team mate Jean Eric Vergne and speaking following the race he commented saying:
“It was a good performance and a good result today, we showed that we have the pace again and I am super pleased with that. It truly was a fun race, with amazing overtakes and a great recovery. This was our last time with the old car, for the next race we will have the new one which is now ready, and I can’t wait to drive it!”