The DS Virgin Racing team is hoping history is on the side of their drivers as they gear up for next weekend’s Buenos Aires ePrix.
Both Sam Bird and Jean-Eric Vergne managed top eight finishes in the Argentinian capital on their first visit a year ago, with the Briton missing out on a chance of victory following a pit-stop error.
“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,” he said. “I came 7th then – I’m aiming a lot higher than that on Saturday.”
Bird, who currently sits fourth in the Drivers’ championship, albeit 38 points behind current leader Sebastien Buemi, will also be looking to bounce back from a disappointing retirement in Punta Del Este after starting third.
“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 del Este when we suffered from some battery issues.”
Indeed, his team-mate Vergne is also hopeful the team has made progress following the post-race test in Uruguay and is looking forward to returning to the venue where he finished a place ahead of his current team-mate last season.
“I have fond memories of this track,” said the Frenchman. “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. 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.”
Certainly, while Bird saw his strong qualifying performance ultimately come to nothing in Punta Del Este, Vergne will be hoping he can carry on the momentum from a strong comeback drive in Uruguay, which saw him climb ten places through the order en route to his first points of the season in eighth.
One area the team are enjoying success is in the Fanboost competition where both Bird and Vergne got the use of an extra 5o kW on both their cars. With the long start/ finish straight in Argentina having such a benefit would be very useful if they are to achieve their lofty goals.