Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird was delighted to finally secure “good points” at the Swiss E-Prix in what he described as a “crazy race.”
After leading the championship at the halfway stage, Bird went on to score two points from five races before finishing in fourth place in Bern.
But it looked like his bad luck would continue in Bern after the British driver suffered a puncture in the red flag incident that occurred on the first lap.
Bird dropped to 17th, but race control restarted the race from the drivers qualifying positions as the driver had not crossed a timing line when the red flag was thrown.
That allowed Virgin Racing to replace the damaged tyre and Bird was able to restart in sixth place.
“It was a case of settling into the race and picking up places where we could,” said Bird. “Andre put a lot of pressure on me, and I made a slight mistake allowing him through. Then the rain came to make things even more challenging, and I was just able to hold on.”
Picking up the highest amount of points since his victory in Santiago, Bird was happy to secure these points and is confident, heading to New York.
“It’s great to get some good points on the board again after a luckless spell, and we now head to New York full of confidence and plenty of points up for grabs.”
Although Bird came away from Bern with a good result, it was a very different result for team-mate Robin Frijns.
Frijns’s race was over before it had barely started. Contact from Jermone D’Ambrosio going into the first corner on the first lap damaged the car and put Frijns out of the race.
The Dutch driver was frustrated being put out of the race with little control over it.
“It’s hard to put today’s race into words,” said Frijns. “To have your race cut short so soon through no fault of your own is incredibly frustrating. After my win in Paris, we’ve had a run of bad luck, and in a championship as competitive as Formula E, you just can’t afford to not pick up points regularly.”