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DS Virgin Racing heads to the Monaco ePrix with high expectations following a podium finish in Mexico City.

This is the fifth race of the FIA Formula E Championship season as it arrives in Europe, with a number of races in close succession.

Both drivers of the DSV-02 cars will be fighting for strong point scores come Saturday afternoon.

A thrilling race in Mexico City last month saw DS Virgin Racing move into third place in the FIA Formula E Championship following a third and sixth place finish for drivers Sam Bird and Jose Maria Lopez. The team was determined to prove it had the pace and that’s exactly what they did, and is now looking to carry this momentum into the fifth round of the season in Monaco on 13 May.

Qualifying in Monaco will be critical. The 12-turn 1.09mile (1.76km) circuit will be difficult for drivers to overtake on, so the team are looking to maximise their chances of starting the race from as near to the front of the grid as possible. Drivers will then battle over 51 laps around the narrow and undulating circuit reaching speeds of 118mph at turn one and a minimum of 25mph at turn three.

Formula E returns to Monaco for the second time where Sam Bird finished fourth in the first season. The British driver is no stranger to this iconic circuit where he has previously won here in other Championship races.

Speaking ahead of the Monaco ePrix, Sam Bird commented “I’m very excited about the race in Monaco.  Going back to the Principality is always amazing for a driver and I’ve had some great results there in the past by winning both in World Series by Renault and GP2. I feel very good ahead of this event, I came fourth here last time for the team and I believe we’ve done some great work since Mexico. I fully believe that both myself and my team mate will be fighting for strong point scores come Saturday afternoon”.

Current Formula E standings put Sam Bird in fifth position with only 13 points separating fifth and third place. Jose Maria Lopez moved to 13th place following a sixth place finish in Mexico City.

The Argentinian driver said “Mexico City was a disappointing race for me, although it was my highest finish so far, it could have been better.  I’m excited to race in Monaco.  I feel positive and my results have been getting better during the season as I have grown in confidence.”

Team Principal Alex Tai commented “Monaco is an iconic circuit and a privilege for us to race here in the Formula E calendar.  Monte Carlo is the epitome of glamour, heritage and racing, and the Monaco ePrix is set to be a race to impress. It was a sell out in the first season and we’re excited to return here and race in front of the crowds. With the team performing well in Mexico City and showing just how competitive we are, there is no reason for us not to see the drivers on the podium in Monaco”.

Xavier Mestelan Pinon, DS Performance Director commented “Since Mexico City we have carried out two development testing sessions to improve the performance and the efficiency of the car. This will provide our drivers with the best chances for the back-to-back Monaco and Paris races.”

To play a part in DS Virgin Racing’s success as the new season gets under way, fans can cast their FanBoost vote in favour of either Sam Bird or José María López. This can be done using the championship’s official app, its website (www.fiaformulae.com/fanboost), Twitter or Instagram by sending the hashtag #Fanboost, followed by #SamBird or #JoseMariaLopez! Last season, DS Virgin Racing was the team that received the highest number of #Fanboost votes and every vote placed potentially helps support that driver.

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