After winning the Buenos Aires ePrix, DS Virgin Racing is determined to make it back-to-back wins as the team heads to Mexico to take on the 2.092km Autódromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit in the heart of Mexico City on 12 March.
Following the first win of the season, DS Virgin Racing is ready for the upcoming inaugural Mexico City ePrix. Whilst there are unknown factors heading to Mexico for the first time, the team is excited to be in a new location and is riding a wave of confidence as a result of winning the last race. Having secured pole position and leading from start to finish in Buenos Aires, Sam Bird will be looking for a similar result to consolidate his position in the top three of the driver’s championship and further improve DS Virgin Racing’s position in the team’s standings.
“I am feeling great ahead of Mexico,” said British driver, Sam Bird. “I went into Buenos Aires with confidence because I knew the track. Obviously I don’t have that luxury with Mexico, but I’m confident with the team and the car, and I’ll be aiming to compete for victory again. I know the two drivers in front of me in the standings are talented and they will put up a good fight, but at least I can say that it’s a fight I’m in.”
DS Virgin Racing’s win in Buenos Aires put Bird within 24 points of Brazilian Lucas Di Grassi and 28 of Swiss championship leader Sébastien Buemi. Situated in the heart of Mexico City, the historic Autódromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit features 18 turns, is 2.092km in length and is a shorter version of the track that hosts Formula 1 Grand Prix. Set to be one of the most memorable races of the season so far, the Mexico City ePrix will have seating for an estimated 40,000 fans.
French DS Virgin Racing Driver, Jean-Eric Vergne, is also aiming for a strong result at the ePrix: “I’m looking forward to Mexico. I feel like I haven’t done as well as I might have liked the past few races, so I am going to give my everything during this event to get a good result. I am also really pleased to be heading to Mexico; I know the area we are going to, it’s fantastic and the stadium atmosphere will be amazing. I’ve raced in Mexico City before and the fans are great.”
The DS Virgin Racing team has made big improvements since the start of Season Two, according to Team Principal Alex Tai. “The test day in Punta del Este has triggered a great deal of improvement,” he explained. “We have improved several aspects of DSV-01 and we are particularly pleased with the new software the team developed for Buenos Aires that has helped the drivers manage their energy more efficiently. However, we will remain realistic. I believe we will continue to improve, especially since the Buenos Aires ePrix has shown that we are capable of upsetting the leaderboard so our next challenge is consistency. Our ambition is to be on the podium every race between now and the end of the season.”