Bird thanks DS Virgin for ‘best car they’ve ever given me’

Sam Bird paid tribute to his DS Virgin Racing team after completing a weekend victory double in New York on Sunday, saying his car was the best it has ever been during his time in Formula E.

Bird followed his victory on Saturday up by taking pole for Sunday’s race, only to lose the lead at the start to Mahindra’s Felix Rosenqvist.

Bird was able to battle back past before extending his lead at the front of the field through the second half of the race, eventually winning by 11 seconds.

“It’s phenomenal for the team,” Bird said. “I said yesterday Berlin was turning point. We learned an awful lot from that race.

“There were just things on the car that were hindering us, and after looking closely at the data, we’ve managed to almost take a step back to where we were at the beginning of the year and go back to that and it’s worked very well.

“What a car I was given this weekend. Blinding in qualifying, sensational on energy management in the race.

“Hats off to DS Virgin Racing for giving me what was the best car they’ve ever given me.”

Bird seized the lead from Rosenqvist on Lap 11 with a move similar to his pass on Daniel Abt on Saturday, again proving pivotal in his charge to victory.

“I did the same move as I did on Daniel, maybe a bit more locked up and crazy, but I got it to stick,” Bird said.

“The start, again, a little bit like yesterday, the pole man can’t get off the line and lead into the first corner. In our opinion, the drivers, pole position was on the wrong side.

“If we come here again, which I sincerely hope we do, not because I won, it’s a great city, the pole position needs to change to the other side. That’s one thing we need to put our heads together and change.”

When asked if he could continue his winning streak in Montreal in two weeks’ time, Bird said: “Why not? I woke up this morning thinking if we’re quick again, another top five or top four would be great after a win.

“Why not? If you’ve won two in a row, why not three in a row? Four in a row?”

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