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Bird targeting podium return in Marrakesh

Marrakesh ePrix – Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird has set his sights on his first podium of the season when Formula E returns for the Marrakesh ePrix.

Following a tricky opening round of the season – won by BMW Andretti’s Antonio Felix da Costa – the Virgin Racing team left the Ad Diriyah ePrix without any points.

Sam Bird and Robin Frijns started from the back of the grid after both were disqualified from qualifying due to exceeding the maximum allowable power output, finishing the race in eleventh and twelfth respectively.

However, both were buoyed by the amount of ground they managed to make up through the race, with Bird hoping to be challenging for a second consecutive Marrakesh ePrix podium, after taking third place at last year’s event.

“Last year I was on the podium in Marrakesh and I’d really like to be up there again this year,” said Bird.

“We proved in the race in Ad Diriyah that we had the pace and as a team we can gain a huge amount of confidence from the performance we showed during the test day which followed.

“Both Robin and I have been working hard at the simulator to ensure we are prepared for the upcoming race, where we believe our true potential will begin to show.”

Sylvain Filippi, Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer at Envision Virgin Racing, added:

“We’re feeling positive for the New Year. Our recent performance in Ad Diriyah – in which the team made up 16-places from the back of the grid – shows the potential of the team and we believe we’re in a strong position heading into Marrakesh. We showed last time out we have a quick car and two very capable drivers, and we’re now looking to build on that momentum.”

The second round of the Formula E championship takes place on Saturday 12th January, with the race available to watch on several platforms in the UK; the BBC Sport website, BBC iPlayer, BBC red button, as well TV Channels Quest and BT Sport.

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Luke Murphy

As an FIA-accredited motor sport journalist, degree-level Motorsport Engineer and amateur karter, Luke's passion for motor sport is evident. He is one of the editors at FormulaSpy and one of the longest-standing members of the team.

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