DS Virgin Racing confident of improvement

Jean-Eric Vergne and Sam Bird are confident that the DS Virgin Racing team have made significant improvements in recent weeks, ahead of this weekend’s Buenos Aires ePrix.

At Punta de Este last time out, Vergne scored his first points for the team, while Bird qualified in third place during super pole but had to retire from the race following a battery failure.

This week’s 2.44km track set in the district of Puerto Madero features 12 turns, with a mix of slow hairpins, chicanes and high-speed corners.

“I have fond memories of this track. I’d go as far as to say this is one of my favourites. I did well here last year which makes me keen to get back in the car,” Vergne said.

“Especially after all the work the technical team have done, like Sam said, I reckon we’re a step forward on the previous two races.”

Despite the reliability issues he struggled with in Uruguay, Bird is optimistic of his chances in Argentina this time around.

“I believe we’re going to Buenos Aires in good shape. I’d like to think we learnt a lot from what went wrong in Punta de Este when we suffered from some battery issues,” the British driver said.

“Something that does fill me with confidence is that my speed on this track last year was great and had it not been for a mishap in the pit stop, I believe we would have won last year. I came seventh then… I’m aiming a lot higher than that on Saturday.”

DS Virgin Racing Team Principal, Alex Tai added: “The Team have been very busy since Uruguay analysing race and test data, we believe we have made a step forward in our understanding of the season two car dynamics and look forward to putting these into practice in Argentina. We cannot afford to rest and I am driving the team hard, I have high hopes for Buenos Aires and I look forward to seeing the results of this effort.”