In July, we wrote that Sam Bird signed a contract with the factory Jaguar Racing team, and this week the 33-year-old British racer conducted the first tests behind the wheel of an I-TYPE 5 car.
They took place in the UK and became a logical continuation of the work started at the Jaguar base on a simulator, as well as a preparatory stage for the official pre-season tests, for which Formula E teams will gather in Valencia at the end of November.
Sam Bird: “I just finished my first day driving a Jaguar Racing car. It’s nice to be back on the track after a while on the simulator.
I am proud to be the first to wear a Jaguar uniform, following the example of the great racers who have driven the brand in the past. Together with the engineers of the team, I started working on speed, and we already have a great cooperation. There are many new names and faces for me – getting to know them and with the whole team gives me pleasure.
My partner Mitch Evans and I have been in touch for a while now and we are both eager to succeed. There is a long season ahead, but preparations for it started well, and we are preparing for the presentation of the car, which will take place next month, as well as for the upcoming tests in Valencia. “
Sam Bird at one time played in GP2 for the Russian team Russian Time, in 2013 he became the vice-champion of the series, and in 2014 he made his debut in Formula E, and remains one of the few pilots who have not missed a single electric race since then. championship. He has 9 wins, 19 podiums and five pole positions. Bird spent all six seasons with the Virgin Racing team, but in 2020 he signed a contract with Jaguar.
The four-day pre-season tests start in Valencia at the Ricardo Tormo circuit on November 28.