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9 August 2015

Sam returns to DS Virgin Racing to build on electrifying first Formula E season

DS Virgin Racing have confirmed that Sam Bird will return to race for the team in the second FIA Formula E season, after a début campaign that saw him win two races and challenge for the title.

Sam celebrates victory in the season finaleHe will be partnered in the garage by French ex-F1 driver Jean-Eric Vergne.

Sam, who represented the Virgin Racing team in the inaugural season of the FIA Formula E championship, won as many races as the eventual championship winner, including the London finale and a dominant victory in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The 28-year-old was one of the most impressive drivers in the first season, picking up three podiums and two fastest laps in addition to his two race wins.

He said: "Last season was a learning curve but one I thoroughly enjoyed, so I'm elated to be back with the DS Virgin Racing team for the 2015-16 season. We had two great wins last season so the aim is to build on that success and have a fantastic second season in Formula E. The advancements to the car around the powertrain are really exciting so I'm looking forward to getting back behind the wheel at Donington to get some good testing in before the first race in Beijing."

Alex Tai, DS Virgin Racing Team Principal, said: "We are thrilled to have retained Sam and to be able to welcome Jean-Eric to the DS Virgin Racing team for season two of the FIA Formula E championship. Both Sam and Jean-Eric are exceptional talents and I believe we now have one of the strongest driver pairings on the grid. I'm looking forward to being able to compete for regular honours from race to race and, following the announcement of our partnership with the DS brand at the end of last season, I am very happy that the good news for the team keeps on coming."

The second FIA Formula E season will commence in Beijing on the 17th October 2015. Summer testing began on 10th August 2015 at Donington Park.