Our luck can change: Bird

Envision Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird is confident that his fortunes can change going into Bern after a tricky run of race results. 

The British driver has scored two points from the past five races which came from a ninth-place finish in Berlin.

With almost a month’s break between the last round in Berlin, Bird and Virgin Racing have been able to utilise the break and it has given the British driver confidence going into the Swiss E-Prix.

“It’s been a difficult few races on my side of the garage,” said Bird. “But during the extended break we’ve looked at every element of the race weekend and I feel far more confident in myself going into Bern.”

The 32-year-old will be in group three for qualifying and hopes to take advantage of this.

“Qualifying, as always, will play a crucial role this weekend, as I now feature in the third group, and this season seems to have shown that the later qualifying groups perform better as the track evolves. Hopefully, this will put us in good stead and we can capitalise on this.”

Team-mate Robin Frijns hasn’t scored any points since his victory in Paris but is excited to experience a new track and is also taking confidence from the break into Bern.

“It’s exciting to be visiting a new Swiss circuit and I’m looking forward to going racing on what should be a great track with an amazing backdrop. I’m confident that the car has the pace and we’ve worked hard during the downtime since Berlin to ensure that we’re in a good place going into Bern.”

Managing Director Sylvain Filippi believes as the championship remains close with only two rounds left “everything still to play for.

Filippi is echoing the confidence being felt by the team heading to Bern.

“For Envision Virgin Racing, we’ve enjoyed one of our strongest ever seasons with both Sam [Bird] and Robin [Frijns] picking up victories and additional podiums,” 

“Since the last race, we’ve been working extremely hard to analyse all the data and find improvements where we can. We’re confident we will see a return to the team’s true form in the Swiss capital.”

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