Virgin Racing focused on improving their energy management during the three-day pre-season test at Valencia rather than focusing on their performance.
The British team’s team principal Sylvain Filippi felt that the Valencia circuit was not an accurate representation of a Formula E circuit despite its modifications.
“We’ve had a lot to learn and get through this week, but the team and drivers have worked extremely hard to ensure we extract the maximum from these three days,” said Filippi. “Our focus for the test has not been about outright performance – because this track is unrepresentative of the tracks Formula E races on – but on energy management and ensuring we’re ready for the exciting new Formula E season.”
The team’s driver pairing of Briton Sam Bird and Dutchman Robin Frijns racked up more than 1,000km around the 3.09km modified National Circuit in the team’s new season five challenger – the Audi e-tron FE05.
Bird felt that the team learnt a lot during the week, despite hitting a few bumps during the week.
“This week has been really useful for the whole team as we get up to speed with our new cars,” said Bird. “Each day we’ve learnt a little more about its characteristics and understanding how to get the most from it. Being an independent team, we’ve obviously not had the same amount of running as other teams coming into this test, but I’m confident in our team’s ability to ensure we’re in the best possible shape come the first round.”