Virgin Racing looking to forge ahead in Rome

Virgin Racing is aiming to build on their early success this season to try and pull away during the European leg of the season which begins in Rome on Saturday. 

The British team currently lead the teams’ championship with 97 points, but Mahindra Racing is second on 97 points as well.

However, Audi is a point behind on 96 points in third, while Techeetah is fourth with 95 points, making it the closest teams’ championship at this point in any of the five Formula E championships.

Sam Bird won the Rome ePrix last year after Mahindra’s Felix Rosenqvist damaged his rear suspension in the closing stages of the race. The Brit is aiming to repeat his victory in Rome, but knows that it will not be easy given the competitiveness of this season field.

“Winning last year was such an amazing feeling,” said Bird. “Of course, it would be great to do the same again this year, but we’ll just have to see.

“The competition is seriously high this season with just 10 points currently separating the top six drivers, and all six races so far have seen a different winner, so it’s really open. As always, qualifying will be key, but if we can get this right and start from the front then we have the car and the team to deliver.”

Managing Director Sylvain Filippi is also keen to continue the teams form in Rome.

“The team is enjoying its strongest season to date, so we head to Rome full of confidence. It’s a track we’ve previously performed well at with the win last year, and we know we have a quick car and two great drivers, so there’s no reason why we can’t come away with another good result,” said Filippi.

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