Sam Bird hailed his team after he secured his eighth Formula E victory in Santiago, making him the only driver to win a race in all five seasons of Formula E.
Virgin Racing is a customer team of Audi, which meant they had a limited amount of testing compared to the rest of the field.
Bird feels that their victory in Santiago proves that his team can make the best out of any situation, to stay competitive.
“It’s been a steep learning curve for the team,” said Bird. “With the limited testing we’ve had, so to find ourselves in a situation where we’re winning races – to go with pole positions and podiums from previous races – is an incredible achievement.”
“The race was a great, but challenging race! No-one really knew going into this race how the battery and tyres would react in these extreme temperatures. The whole race we were going into the unknown. But to get the result we did is fantastic, and my thanks goes to everyone at Virgin Racing for once again putting in the hours to give us this win.”
Managing Director Sylvain Filippi is delighted with the team’s success as it was a tough race to manage with the high temperatures.
“After the success of our double podium at the last race, it’s an amazing feeling to come here to Chile and go even better. The whole team, as always, put in a huge effort to prepare for this race and that hard work clearly shows in the results today.
“I’d also like to thank the whole Audi Sport team for their contribution to this result.” He added: “The high temperatures were always going to make the conditions tough, but Sam and Robin drove superbly, and we now head to the next race in Mexico full of confidence.”
Robin Frijns was able to finish fifth after starting 15th and was happy with the progress he was able to make.
“Starting towards the back of the field was always going to make things tougher, but we fought hard from the off and managed to gain some good ground early on. Towards the end, I was really in the thick of it, but we came away with another strong result for the team and me,” said Frijns.