DS Virgin Racing were on course to win the Hong Kong ePrix last Sunday, but a series of bad luck stopped the British team claiming all 25 points.
Sam Bird took the lead of the race after Nelson Piquet Jr went into the wall at turn four. The British driver the pulled a big enough gap to comfortably come out in the lead during the pit stop window.
However, a technical problem with Bird’s second car stopped the 29-year old emerging in the lead, but instead the DS Virgin driver came out in 15th place.
Bird who was noticeably downbeat after the race, the Brit looked to the positives after a disappointing race in Hong Kong.
“We ran into technical difficulties during the changeover. While it’s obviously gutting given the lead I’d opened, it’s better we diagnose and iron out the problems now at race one, rather than later in the season,” said Bird.
Team Principal Alex Tai, felt that Hong Kong showed that the team had built a competitive car this season, but they need to ensure that they maximise the performance of their car for the rest of the season.
“We proved today that all of the efforts that have gone into designing and developing our Season 3 car with DS Performance over the last six months has been worth it. We clearly have a fast car, and but for some awful
We clearly have a fast car, but for some awful luck, today would have finished on the podium and perhaps even have won the race. There are huge positives to come out of the weekend in terms of the underlying pace of the car, and I’m sure we’ll bounce back strongly in Marrakech and demonstrate to everyone exactly what we’re capable of.” said Tai.
Bird’s teammate Jose Maria Lopez suffered a suspension failure after colliding into the British driver at the end of the race. You can read Lopez’s comments here.
After a promising start to the season with the team locking out the second row in qualifying, DS Virgin Racing walked away from Hong Kong with no points, surely something they will want to rectify in Marrakesh next month.