Bird hails ‘unbelievable’ end to season

Visa London ePrix winner Sam Bird described Virgin Racing’s end to the season as ‘unbelievable’ after claiming his second Formula E victory at his home race.

The Roehampton-born Brit had failed to get on the podium after his win in Malaysia, but ended his season with a much-needed win.

“It’s been a mixed season for us at Virgin,” Bird admitted. “But what a way to finish, unbelievable, unbelievable. The race today, great race start in fourth. We were very strong and I was able to attack people into Turn 11, and we made the moves stick which is nice.

“The strategy was good as well, we were able to go a lap longer than Stephane [Sarrazin], and hounded him all the way to the finish. I knew that he would be very tight on energy if not over and that was the case."

The double-race winner finished fifth in the driver standings, and now hopes to carry the momentum into the off season, where a technical partnership with the DS brand aims to put them in title contention.

“A win in the final race of the season always gives the boys back at base a bit of confidence to go into next year. It’s no secret that we have been working extremely hard with our chosen company for a long time.”

Bird also paid tribute to championship winner Nelson Piquet Jr and his remarkable speed throughout the latter half of the season.

Bird concluded: “In my opinion [he’s] the most deserving champion and the speed that he showed in the middle of the year had us scratching our heads – it was horrible. I think he is a worthy champion.”