Sam Bird dedicated his victory around the streets of New York to his team, as the Ds Virgin Racing team finally showed their promise at the Big Apple.
Bird was under pressure throughout the ePrix from Jean-Eric Vergne. The Brit paid tribute to his engineer who helped him keep his nerve in the closing stages.
“Thank you to the team who did an amazing job today with everything, especially my engineer who kept me calm in the final stages!” said Bird
“It was a tough race, but after the safety car I got a decent restart, and it was a bit nerve racking as I knew [Jean-Eric] Vergne would be pushing me but we got there, and it’s fantastic to be celebrating this victory. Congratulations to everyone within Formula E too to get New York on the calendar!”
Overall it was a great day for Bird’s teammate despite Lynn being unable to finish due to a driveshaft failure. The young Brit secured pole position in his first race and was delighted with his first day.
“It’s been a phenomenal day for the team with Sam winning and pole for me and cements what a strong package we have and what a great job the team has done.
“Obviously, it’s a real shame we didn’t get the result we wanted as I think we were looking at a top five but we know we have strong pace and we’ll see what we can do tomorrow,” said Lynn.