09 Apr 21

'Bullish' Bird staying measured ahead of Rome double-header

Despite romping to a debut victory with Jaguar Racing last time out in Diriyah, Sam Bird remains measured but prepared for a fight as the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship gets set for Rounds 3 and 4 in Rome.

With the Italian sun glowing in the sky, Bird was calm and collected in his approach ahead of the Rome double-header: "I'm feeling good and very happy with where I'm at right now.

"I think all of us within the team understand that it's going to be a difficult two days. I'm going to be in Group 1 for both races and that could be quite tricky, but we're going to try and make the best of it.

He added: "The weekend will be more difficult, but when you're in the first qualifying group you can take it as a compliment that you are doing well in the championship."

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The EUR district is home to fond memories for both the driver and manufacturer, Bird etched his name into the history books as the first Formula E winner in Rome and Mitch Evans piloted Jaguar to their first win in the all-electric series a year later.

Both races involved some tough on-track action, but history shows that the Brit knows how to carve his way through the field. Bird, looking towards the E-Prix, said: "I always try to be bullish in the race and believe that I can make my way forward.

"You still need to have good patience to do that. So we need to do our homework over the next day or so, to make sure that we are strong in both our push laps and energy saving laps and then just go from there."

Sam Bird, Rome, Formula E
Bird sampling the new Rome circuit in Friday's Shakedown session

Points mean prizes for Bird

After stealing the headlines with his debut win at Jaguar Racing last time out in Diriyah, Bird is still taking a level-headed approach to the next two rounds at the Circuito Cittadino dell'EUR.

"I think some people are expecting that because I've won one, therefore I'm going to go on and do this one and then the next one," started Bird, "But I'm realistic. I think two points finishes will be great."

Ultimately this partnership is still fresh and Bird acknowledges that they are both still on a learning curve: "We were handed a decent pair of cards [in Diriyah]. I'm still getting up to speed with the team. But we're at a fairly decent level now. And our understanding is getting better and better."

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