DS Virgin Racing is ready to shake things up at the Paris ePrix, the 6th round of the 2016/2017 FIA Formula E Championship, and take full advantage of the speed they are capable of.
In the first ever back to back race weekend in Formula E history, the team arrives in The City of Light just days after the Monaco ePrix. The team has regrouped from the race in Monaco and is now fully focused on Paris, with the drivers flying straight into Satory for simulator sessions and technical briefings in preparation for Saturday’s race.
The Paris ePrix consists of 49 laps of the 14 turn 0.75 square-mile (1.93km2) circuit around Les Invalides. The drivers will reach a top speed of 120mph (190km/h) at turn 1 and a minimum speed of 25mph (40km/h) at turn 7.
Last year’s Paris ePrix saw good results for the DS Virgin Racing team with a podium finish and pole position. Of course the team will be looking again for a podium finish this year in a race that will certainly draw in a huge number of fans. The drivers will also be taking part in extra media events such as an additional autograph session on Friday due to sell-out crowds.
The Paris ePrix is a home race for DS who welcome everyone to our stand in the eVillage which will showcase the DS E-Tense, DSV-02 Formula E and DS 7 CROSSBACK.
Speaking ahead of the Paris ePrix, Sam Bird commented “It was good to get fastest lap in Monaco but it should have been a lot better. It’s important for us not to dwell on this result and move on to the next race. I had pole position in Paris last year and if everything comes together we’ll get on the podium.”
Jose Maria Lopez said “We are due a good result. We have been preparing hard for the Paris ePrix and are constantly learning as a team. I’m looking forward to my first Formula E race in Paris and hope we can get some good points.”
Alex Tai commented “The team are preparing hard for the Paris ePrix. It’s great for fans that we have two races so close to each other as it keeps the momentum of the series going. It’s also an opportunity for the team to get the points we are capable of so close after a frustrating result in Monaco.”
Xavier Mestelan Pinon added “Naturally, it is particularly exciting for the whole DS team to be able to showcase our know-how and technology in the heart of Paris, the brand’s birthplace. Although this race has particular significance, our rigorous, determined approach to preparations is the same as for the other races. And I can say we are more than ever ready to achieve a good result with our DSV-02 Formula E.”
To play a part in DS Virgin Racing’s success as the new season gets under way, fans can cast their FanBoost vote in favour of either Sam Bird or José María López. This can be done using the championship’s official app, its website (www.fiaformulae.com/fanboost), Twitter or Instagram by sending the hashtag #Fanboost, followed by #SamBird or #JoseMariaLopez! Last season, DS Virgin Racing was the team that received the highest number of #Fanboost votes!