Press Release – Versailles, 20th april 2018
All-electric Formula E series heads to City of Light on Saturday, April 28 for round 8
Team set to continue title push in both drivers’ and teams’ championship
DS Virgin Racing to host renowned Innovation Summit on climate change
Virgin Founder Sir Richard Branson to attend as special guest on race day
Following its thrilling victory at the recent Rome E-Prix, DS Virgin Racing is looking to continue its winning ways as the all-electric Formula E series returns to Paris on April 28 for round eight.
British racer Sam Bird closed in on the championship lead with victory in the Italian capital last time out and now moves to within 18 points heading into the race at the Circuit des Invalides. Likewise, his DS Virgin Racing team has now moved into second position in the manufacturer standings in what is proving to be its strongest season to date.
With the city’s iconic Eiffel Tower in the background, the 1.920km street track will certainly prove a challenge for both Bird and British team-mate Alex Lynn, with its mix of tight, twisty turns, long straights and numerous overtaking spots; all whilst hitting speeds in excess of 200kph.
The Paris event will also be attended by Virgin Founder Sir Richard Branson who, as well as supporting the team throughout the day, will also be a panellist on one of DS Virgin Racing’s now renowned Innovation Summits. The summit, which will bring industry leaders together to discuss climate action and the need to transition to cleaner energy, will also be live streamed on the team’s and Virgin’s Facebook channels, with further details on this and other speakers released closer to the time.
Bird said : « To be heading into the Paris race on the back of a win is a great feeling and the whole team is looking forward to the event. It’s a challenging track but we know we have a quick, reliable car so if we can hook everything up, there’s no reason why we can’t come away with another strong result. »
Lynn said: « We didn’t have the weekend we wanted last time out but for sure I’m looking forward to the Paris race. It will be another new circuit for me, but preparations have been going well in the simulator and I know we can come out fighting for strong results. »
Team Principal Alex Tai commented : « Paris is set to be a huge event for the team both on and off the track. As well as being the home race for our manufacturing partner DS Automobiles, we will also have Sir Richard Branson in attendance, be hosting an influential Innovation Summit, in additional to making a number of exciting new announcements. Following our victory last time out, everyone in the team is in high spirits and we’re looking forward to maintaining this as we once again fight for the win. »
DS Performance Director Xavier Mestelan Pinon added: « It is very exciting for us to be able to showcase our know-how and technology in the heart of Paris, especially after the victory the team achieved in Rome last week. Although our home race has special significance, our rigorous, determined approach to preparations is the same as for the other rounds. And I can say we are more determined than ever to keep fighting to reach the top of each championship with our DSV-03 Formula E car.»
The commitment and competitiveness of DS Performance in Formula E contribute to the development of the electrification of the DS Automobiles vehicles. DS 7 CROSSBACK E-TENSE 4×4 will soon be launched and all the next models of DS Automobiles will benefit from a hybrid and / or 100% electric powertrain. The Paris E-Prix will also be the occasion to reveal a surprise…
Yves Bonnefont, CEO of DS Automobiles: «It will be an exciting weekend in Paris. We play at home and the DS Virgin Racing team clinched the podium in Paris for two years. DS’ commitment to Formula E underlines our desire to be forerunners in all areas, and we are pleased to see that the biggest brands join us in this competition. Our desire is to continue to be at the forefront. On this occasion, we will unveil DS X E-TENSE – our vision of automotive luxury in 2035.»
Extensive free-to-air live coverage of the race will be available across the globe and in the UK via 5Spike.
Paris E-Prix – Programme
Round 8: Saturday, April 28 (CET)
08H00-08H45 – Free Practice 1
110H30-11H00 -Free Practice 2
12H00-12H36 – Qualifying
12H45-13H00 – Superpole
16H00 – Course (49 laps)
LENGTH 1.92 KM
1. JEAN-ERIC VERGNE 119 POINTS
2. SAM BIRD 101 POINTS
3. FELIX ROSENQVIST 82 POINTS
4. SEBASTIEN BUEMI 60 POINTS
5. DANIEL ABT 50 POINT
6. ALEX LYNN 17 POINTS
1. TECHEETAH 152 POINTS
2. DS VIRGIN RACING 118 POINTS
3. MAHINDRA RACING 103 POINTS
4. AUDI SPORT ABT SCHAEFFLER 89 POINTS
5. PANASONIC JAGUAR RACING 88 POINTS