Following a third and sixth place finish for drivers Sam Bird and José María López in Mexico City, DS Virgin Racing is arriving to Monaco with the tailwind of success and is looking to carry this momentum into the fifth round of the Formula E championship.
“Since Mexico City, we have carried out two development testing sessions to improve the performance and the efficiency of the car. This will provide our drivers with the best chances for the back-to-back Monaco and Paris races”, revealed DS Performance Director Xavier Mestelan Pinon.
Qualifying on the 12 turn, 1.76km long circuit in Monaco will be crucial as overtaking is rather difficult on the narrow streets, therefore DS Virgin Racing is aiming to start the race from the front of the grid.
“Going back to the Principality is always amazing for a driver and I’ve had some great results there in the past by winning both in World Series by Renault and GP2. I feel very good ahead of this event, I came 4th there last time for the team and I believe that both myself and my team mate will be fighting for strong point scores on Saturday afternoon”, said Sam Bird.
After his heavy accident in the first WEC (World Endurance Championship) round at Silverstone, José María López suffered a minor injury to two vertebrae. The 34-year-old also had to sit out the WEC six hours of Spa taking place last weekend. For now, the Argentinean is set to race according to the team.
Nevertheless, DS Virgin is prepared for all circumstances with test and reserve driver Alex Lynn joining the UK based squad for Monaco. Lynn is without a doubt ready to jump in and make his debut if necessary.
On Saturday, the drivers will battle over 51 race laps around the narrow and undulating circuit, reaching a top speed of 190 km/h at turn 1 and a minimum of 40 km/h at turn 3.