Bird ends Test fastest in Saudi Arabia


Virgin Racing had a strong Sunday in Saudi Arabia as Sam Bird ended the afternoon session fastest, and Robin Frijns ended the morning session fastest for the British team. 

Bird was able to break the 1:09 barrier in the afternoon session with a 1:09:668. The British driver was a tenth quicker than reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne, who managed a 1:09:781.

Oliver Rowland had a great session for Nissan e.Dams, The British driver finished third fastest, with a 1:10:264, but he was constantly at the top of the leaderboard for the majority of the session, showing that Nissan could be a threat this season.

Stoffel Vandoorne ended the session fourth fastest with a 1:10:283, which proves that HWA might have good speed in qualifying but lack the efficiency in race mode which caused there demises on Saturday.

Mitch Evans ended the session in fifth place with a 1:10:303, with Audi reserve driver Nico Mueller ending the day sixth fastest with a 1:10:432.

Edoardo Mortara ended the day seventh for Venturi, having taken over from 2018/19 teammate Felipe Massa in the afternoon. The #7 Dragon car shared by Jose Maria Lopez and Pippa Mann was eighth, ahead of Ad Diriyah podium finisher Jerome d’Ambrosio and Venturi test driver Simona de Silvestro, who rounded out the top 10 and ended the test as the quickest female driver.

Tatiana Calderon for Techeetah ended the session 12th with 1:12:223, while Jamie Chadwick set a time of 1m13.042s driving for NIO in the afternoon session.

There were two red flags in the afternoon session, as NIO’s Tom Dillmann crashed in the afternoon with just over an hour remaining, bringing an end to his and teammate Oliver Turvey’s running in the afternoon, before Vandoorne’s late problem.


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