Bird continues strong NY form with pole

Bird continues strong NY form with pole

Bird continues strong NY form with pole

The result saw Bird become the second driver in Formula E history to complete a weekend double (the first being Nicolas Prost, London 2016), as well as capping off a flawless weekend for DS Virgin, the team leaving NY with two poles and two wins.

For someone who had never been to New York City in the first 30 years of his life, Virgin DS Racing's Sam Bird certainly looks like he is in his own element here.

Championship leader Sebastien Buemi was missing in action as he was driving for Toyota at the WEC 6 Hours of Nurburgring. He now drives for e.dams Renault who also lead the team's standings. Bird on the other hand missed the WEC race to take part in the NY ePrix, he drives for AF Corse Ferrari.

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Bird started the race from pole position, but Mahindra Racing driver Felix Rosenqvist passed Bird in the first corner.

Bird was able to remain latched to the rear of Rosenqvist's Mahindra through the early part of the race, before eventually making a pass for the lead on Lap 11.

Later, Mahindra's Nick Heidfeld clipped a curb and damaged the right-rear of his vehicle, stopping on track whihc brought out the Safety auto with just five laps remaining.

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Gasly caught up with Heidfeld on the final lap, and was on the verge of winning a podium in his first Formula E outing but ended up kissing the barriers.

Pierre Gasly's debut Formula E weekend finished on a high as he crossed the line fourth, albeit crashing into the wall in the process as he tried to find a way past Heidfeld.

Oliver Turvey will start seven in his NextEV entry ahead of the two Abt-run Audi drivers, Daniel Abt again getting the better of title-contending team-mate Lucas di Grassi.

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The next meeting will be in Montreal on July 29.

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