Sam Bird admits he is unsure whether or not he will compete in New York, due to the clash with the German round of the World Endurance Championship at the Nurburgring.
Bird currently drives for AF Corse Ferrari in the WEC, which may rule him out of the double-header event in New York.
The Brit is hoping for a resolution to the problem, which would allow him and other drivers a chance to compete in both events.
“I’m hoping for a resolution to the problem, but we might not get one, but at the moment I can’t say where I will be on July 15th,” explained Bird.
“It is unfortunate that the two championships can’t coexist, with been able to avoid date clashes for so long, and even know there are opportunities for both championships to prevent the clash, so I don’t understand why this has happened now.
“With the fact that there is no German Formula One race which caused the initial clash to occur in the first place, but it has happened, and we need to deal with it and if they can change it makes our lives as drivers much easier,” said Bird.
However, the 29-year old understands that it’s not just a case of moving the World Endurance Championship to another date, as also support series and other championship competing on that weekend will be moved as well, which creates further problems.
“The problem is it’s not just the WEC that will move; there are other championships competing on that day that will have to move as well. Which means there are more repercussions by everyone moving a week, which makes things difficult,” Bird adds.
Sebastien Buemi is also set to miss the Inaugural New York event. The reigning champion r has started his campaign perfectly winning three from three.
Bird feels if Buemi is still the championship leader as the sport enters New York, it will not look good on Formula E if he is unable to defend his lead. Also, Bird believes that if any driver misses the event, it will not take anything away from the event in New York.
“If the championship leader is not there to hold onto his lead, it’s not ideal for the sport, but I don’t think it will take away anything from the event. I think the first race in New York will be incredible, I would love to be there if I can, but if I’m not then it’s a shame, but the event will still be great,” said Bird.
Ds Virgin Racing may have to find two drivers for the New York event as Bird’s teammate Jose Maria Lopez is also set to miss the double-header, as the Argentine has joined Toyota for the WEC campaign.
The team have Alex Lynn as a reserve driver who will likely replace one of the current drivers, but they will also need to find a second driver if Bird does race in Germany on July 15th.