PUTRAJAYA – Virgin Racing Formula E Team driver Sam Bird (pic) of Great Britain claimed the second round of the 2014 FIA Formula E Championship held on a street track at Malaysia’s administrative centre yesterday.
The Briton took 51 minutes and 11.979 seconds to complete the 31-lap race of the 79.4km street circuit.
Bird received the competition trophy from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who had flaged off the race earlier.
“This is a very challenging track. However, I am happy that everything went well for my team and I managed to avoid making silly mistakes from the start until finish,” said Bird, who started the race from second position.
Following close just 4.175s adrift was Brazil’s Lucas di Grassi of Audi Sport ABT Formula E Team who finished in second place.
“This track is very tricky to drive and everybody in the race were pushing to the limit. If you did small mistakes, it will turn out bad. This race outcome is much better than in Beijing. My team have made a great job in setting up the car,” said the 30-year-old Brazilian, who won the inaugural race in Beijing last September.
Di Grassi, who started from the ninth row, noted that he managed avoid colliding with other drivers.
“In today’s race there were many accidents. I managed to pip a few drivers after making the pit stop and pushed myself to the maximum,” he said.
Switzerland’s Sebastien Beumi of Team e.dams (repeat e.dams) Renault was third in a time of 51:17.718s.
Pole seater, Spain’s Oriol Servia of Dragon Racing Formula E Team, finished the race in seventh place in 51:30.600s.
The race used the same one-make machine, the 40 Spark-Renault SRT_01E single-seater car.
After Putrajaya, the drivers and teams will be heading to Punta del Esta in Uruguay for the next race on Dec 13.
The 10-race championship will conclude in London in June next year, involving 10 teams and 20 drivers. – Bernama