Formula E: Sam Bird wins Saudi E-Prix
The Sam Bird of britain won an eventful opening race of their Formula E season that was newest .
The Envision Virgin Racing driver beat on Porsche’s Andre Lotterer and Mercedes’ Stoffel Vandoorne.
Bird took his ninth career win in Al Diriyah, to the outskirts of Riyadh, but stayed focused on the next race on Saturday (12:00 GMT around the ).
He explained over group radio after crossing the line”Thank you – it was the energy of [his fresh ] blossom that did that.”
Bird revealed the Virgin team’s car has a great deal of speed coming into the new season, taking victory against two giant German manufacturers making their debuts at the all-electric racing show this season – Mercedes and Porsche.
Both beginner teams insisted they’d take time to make an impact on a sport that has been a concern since 2014, however Mercedes specifically qualified their automobiles on the grid with Nick and Vandoorne de Vries.
Brit Alexander Sims led from pole position in a race that was tricky to overtake because of the circuit desert conditions in Saudi Arabia, at the dry.
He held the lead along with drivers benefited from using their two Attack Modes – a 35kw of electricity – .
He drifted in the lead of the race astonishingly, past Sims as Vandoorne protected his lead from the Lotterer.
But Bird hunted the Belgian down – who was not able to use the second of his Attack Modes – and executed a move to take the lead and hold on after a late safety car following the accident of Daniel Abt.
Bird later included on the podium:”The team did an awesome job in the off-season – it is an wonderful vehicle.
“Last year was hard and that I went through a bit of a transformation. A whole lot of psychological and thinking stuff – I’m fitter than ever before, also had weight loss. The team have learned a lot also.”
Defending winner Jean-Eric Vergne retired out of the race and began well down the field, but has a opportunity.