Alguersuari, Bird join Formula E grid with Virgin

Virgin has recruited ex-Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver Jaime Alguersuari and 2013 GP2 runner-up Sam Bird as its drivers for the inaugural Formula E season

Alguersuari, Bird join Formula E grid with Virgin

The deal marks 24-year-old Spaniard Alguersuari's return to racing nearly three years after he lost his grand prix seat.

His only outings since then have been F1 tyre testing for Pirelli and in karting.

"Not racing a single-seater [since F1] is not going to affect me at all," he told AUTOSPORT.

"The most important thing is time with the Formula E car. Once we're in Beijing, I don't think I'll be a way off. I don't feel like I'm an old man and I think I've learned a lot in my career."

Jaime Alguersuari's new life after F1

Alguersuari said he had resisted other opportunities to race again after F1 because he did not think they offered suitably professional environments - something he is certain Virgin and FE will provide.

"I turned down other things in GTs and other series because of external factors. I was the first one who wanted to go racing, but big opportunities like this are very few in professional racing," he said.

"I decided to go with Virgin because I think they have the potential to develop a good car, to provide me with good material to win the championship. They are a big company, they always innovate."

Bird, a former Mercedes F1 reserve, will dovetail the FE drive with his sportscar commitments with Starworks in United SportsCar and AF Corse in the World Endurance Championship.

"It's turned from being quite a difficult beginning into a very, very promising year," he said.

"Every child's dream is to race in Formula 1, but I'm looking at other things currently and I have no regrets - I'm very happy with what I'm doing. It's not totally conventional and it's really exciting."

The Briton said he was thrilled to have a chance to be part of Formula E at its inception.

"It's a very attractive series, and it's the future," said Bird. "With the current state of affairs globally, I think motorsport has to be seen to be going green and this is taking it to new levels. It's a great thing to be a part of."

shares
comments
Formula E's Spark-Renault cars set to meet delivery schedule

Previous article

Formula E's Spark-Renault cars set to meet delivery schedule

Next article

Jaime Alguersuari's new life after F1

Jaime Alguersuari's new life after F1
Load comments
Why Audi was right and wrong in Formula E's loophole row Plus

Why Audi was right and wrong in Formula E's loophole row

OPINION: With Audi's Formula E exit imminent, it had nothing to lose in London by attempting to vault Lucas di Grassi into the lead by pitting him under the safety car. Scorn directed at the team for putting glory before ethics should instead be pointed at a rulebook that allowed such a move in the first place

Formula E
Jul 27, 2021
Why Formula E's London return delivered anarchy in the UK Plus

Why Formula E's London return delivered anarchy in the UK

Formula E landed for a London E-Prix for the first time since 2016, at the indoor-outdoor circuit around the ExCeL. Featuring the birth of renewed title pushes, a long-awaited maiden win and the second race's controversy, the round proved to be an exhibition of the electric series' anarchic nature

Formula E
Jul 26, 2021
Why consistency can't be relied upon for Formula E title success Plus

Why consistency can't be relied upon for Formula E title success

It's commonly upheld as the most straightforward method of racking up titles. But, due to the unique qualifying format used in Formula E, a consistent approach can actively work against a driver and make their life harder in races. So with four races to go, is now the time to ditch the tried-and-tested approach for a win-or-bust mentality?

Formula E
Jul 23, 2021
How Bird's crash recovery became Formula E's fairytale of New York Plus

How Bird's crash recovery became Formula E's fairytale of New York

After crashing in practice during the opening session at the New York City E-Prix, Sam Bird immediately had a recovery job on his hands. But the Jaguar driver rose through the order and secured victory in the second race - and with it, the championship lead. Here's how an Englishman in New York became top of the heap

Formula E
Jul 12, 2021
Why Formula E is plotting a major change of philosophy Plus

Why Formula E is plotting a major change of philosophy

Formula E has become famed for its unpredictability, which can yield exciting races - but it can be argued that it robs the all-electric championship of a clear narrative and doesn't adequately reward the best drivers. The series wants to change that, and renew its philosophy ahead of the introduction of its next-generation car

Formula E
Jun 29, 2021
How Puebla's high-altitude encounter gave Formula E's new leader breathing space Plus

How Puebla's high-altitude encounter gave Formula E's new leader breathing space

With the usual Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez venue unavailable to Formula E, it visited the little Puebla circuit to keep its foot in the door in Mexico. A near-winner two years ago, Pascal Wehrlein looked in swaggering form throughout the weekend - but a breathless final encounter helped put Edoardo Mortara in the driving seat

Formula E
Jun 21, 2021
The half-term report cards of each Formula E team in 2020-21 Plus

The half-term report cards of each Formula E team in 2020-21

In an eventful Formula E season, punctuated by rain and energy-conservation controversy, the 12 teams contesting the championship have endured many challenges in the opening seven races. Here's how they've got on across the first half of the season.

Formula E
May 26, 2021
How Formula E stood up to F1 comparisons in Monaco Plus

How Formula E stood up to F1 comparisons in Monaco

OPINION: It was no surprise to anybody that the laptimes achieved by Formula E cars on the full Monaco circuit were much slower than Formula 1. But perhaps the more relevant comparison was in the racing spectacle, where FE delivered in spades

Formula E
May 12, 2021