Envision Virgin Racing is preparing for the Paris E-Prix in what is shaping up to be the most unpredictable Formula E championship to date
For the first time in the all-electric series’ history, the first seven races of the championship have each produced a different winner. Could Envision Virgin Racing's Sam Bird be the one to break the pattern and become the first driver to get his second win this season in Paris?
He’s certainly hoping so. Bird finished in second place last year at the Paris E-Prix and he’s looking to improve on that result this year. He said: “The Paris E-Prix is always a great race but it’s one of the narrowest tracks on the calendar so overtaking is going to be tricky, meaning qualifying will be even more crucial.”
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After a frustrating result for Bird in Rome, he’s got a lot to prove this weekend in Paris and he’s hoping to bring home some points for the team.
Teammate Robin Frijns is also hoping for a good result in Paris. He’s currently in sixth place in the drivers’ championship and finished fourth in Rome. He said: “Coming off the back of a good result in Rome, we’re eager to score well again in Paris and I know we have the car and the team to do that. The Paris track is a tricky one being tight, twisty and very bumpy, and there can be issues with leaves and pollen left on the track from the overhanging trees. For sure it’s a proper street track and I’m really looking forward to getting out there.”
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The Paris E-Prix is the eighth race of this season and takes place on Saturday April 27th. Drivers will race around a 1.92km circuit in the Les Invalides district of Paris, navigating 14 tight, twisty turns on cobbled streets.
Sylvain Filippi, Envision Virgin Racing’s managing director, said: “As a Parisian myself, the Paris E-Prix is a special event and I know the whole team is working extra hard to ensure we are in the best possible shape. It’s also a track we’ve always done well at, having scored podiums at each of the three previous events. Of course, the competition in Formula E is some of the toughest ever with just a handful of points separating the top teams and drivers, but we know we have the performance – and the confidence – to deliver another strong result.”
Calculating this season’s winner could involve some serious maths. The championship is all based on points – the same as any motorsport. The first 10 drivers to cross the finish line receive points based on the standard FIA scoring system (25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1) so at the end of the season in New York, the driver who has won the most points across the championship is the winner. With so many different drivers winning races this season, the championship is wide open and there are only six more races to go.
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UK fans can follow the team’s progress on the BBC’s live events platform – via the BBC Sport website, BBC iPlayer and BBC red button – as well as BT Sport. We’ll also have all the latest from the track on Virgin’s Instagram.