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The DS Virgin Racing Formula E Team is one of the founding and leading outfits in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship – the world’s first fully-electric single-seater racing series.

With the continued support of Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson, together with new team owner Envision, the team works in partnership with French luxury car manufacturer DS Automobiles – collaborating together to POWER INNOVATION.

The team’s commercial headquarters are based in London, whilst it’s operational arm is centred at new state-of-the-art facilities at Silverstone, both overlapping with DS Automobiles’ facilities in Satory, France – part of the PSA Group’s Centre of Excellence.

Now in its fourth season, the team remains one of the most successful on the grid with numerous wins and podiums to its name, and one of only a handful of teams to have recorded victories in every Formula E season to date.

Its drivers this season are Sam Bird and Alex Lynn – making the championship’s first ever all-British driver line-up.


Sam Bird

Sam Bird appeared on the karting scene in 2002, racing competitively in events across the UK and Europe and subsequently winning a scholarship to race in the inaugural season of Formula BMW in 2004. He ended that year as runner-up in the rookie standings followed by second spot in the main championship the following year.

After a number of seasons progressing through Formula Renault and Formula 3 with multiple race victories, Sam held testing duties for Williams F1. He eventually joined forces with Mercedes F1 for the Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi and was named as their Reserve Driver for the 2011 season. Sam also competed in World Series by Renault in 2011 and the following year in GP2, he secured the teams’ title for new outfit Russian Time.

During the 2012 season, Sam continued with his Mercedes F1 testing duties and also went on to achieve third place in the World Series by Renault. In 2013, Sam was the named the Reserve Driver for the Mercedes F1 Team, as well as also competing in GP2, securing five wins and six podium finishes for team Russian Time.

In the 2014/15 season, Sam accomplished a podium finish in the FIA World Endurance Championship with AF Corse Ferrari, and during the Tudor United Sports Car Championships, broke the Lap Record during the Daytona 24 Hours.

During the same season. Sam made his debut in Formula E with Virgin Racing where he achieved two wins, including a home win at the London E-Prix, finishing fifth in the championship overall. In his second Formula E season, Sam continued to impress by gaining more pole positions on the grid than any other driver, one which lead to a spectacular win in Buenos Aires.

Season three again saw the Brit race for the team meaning he has competed in every one of the team’s race starts. Finishing fourth in the drivers’ standings, Sam – now in his fourth consecutive season – now boasts a career tally of six wins and 11 podiums to make him one of the all-time Formula E points scorer.

It’s great to be remaining with the DS Virgin Racing family which I’ve been a part of since the beginning. I’m looking forward to further success in season four and to be partnering with Alex who will no doubt prove to be a real asset to the team.

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Alex Lynn

Despite his age, Alex Lynn is already an established champion and one of the most versatile British racing drivers in the sport, having excelled both in single-seaters and sports cars.

After a successful karting career, he moved to single-seaters via the highly competitive Formula Renault UK Championship, becoming champion in 2011. From here he moved to the British Formula 3 Championship, finishing the series third before repeating the feat a year later, this time in the European F3 Championship. He capped this season off by winning the coveted Macau Grand Prix.

In 2014, he switched to the GP3 Series and winning it at his first attempt before moving up to the GP2 Series (now known as FIA Formula 2), securing multiple wins and top 10 finishes over two seasons. He dovetailed this with his duties as a F1 Development Driver with Williams Martini Racing.

More recently, he has competed in the FIA World Endurance Championship, as well as many of the most famous endurance races in the world, such as Le Mans, Petit Le Mans and the Nurburgring 24 Hours. He is also a winner of the Sebring 12 Hours.

In January 2017, he became the official reserve and development driver for DS Virgin Racing and making his race debut with the team for the New York rounds in June where he secured pole position, becoming only the second driver since Beijing to have ever done so.

For season four he steps up to a full-time role with the team where he’s looking to continuing his winnings ways.

It’s hard to find words to tell you how excited I am to be a full-season driver with DS Virgin Racing. The electric single-seater series has taken motorsport by storm and it’s now become one of the biggest championships, and it’s an honour and a privilege to be racing with one of the top teams.


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