London ePrix Preview: The battle for third place

It’s double trouble for DS Virgin Racing and Dragon Racing as they fight for third in both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships.

DS Virgin Racing

The team have enjoyed three podiums this season and seven Super Pole shootouts. However despite their four pole positions, their race results never seem to reflect the team’s true potential.

Jean-Eric Vergne has only scored points in three races, and Sam Bird has enjoyed his fair share of errors and incidents. With Dragon only seven points behind in the Championship, both drivers need to ensure their races are clean to beat such strong competition.


Sam Bird

Sam Bird is still statistically within reach of the Drivers’ Championship, but realistically he will be looking to secure third place. Dragon’s Jerome D’Ambrosio is only 18 points behind. Both Bird and D’Ambrosio finished out of the points in Berlin, and have two podium finishes each this season.

Bird won the final race in Battersea last year after Stephane Sarrazin’s disqualification. He has appeared in the Super Pole shootout five times this season, so expect him to be quick once again.

Jean-Eric Vergne

2015/2016 FIA Formula E Championship. Paris ePrix, Paris, France. Saturday 23 April 2016. Photo: Zak Mauger/LAT/Formula E ref: Digital Image _79P9428

Vergne has had a rocky season, but has enjoyed somewhat of a resurgence in the last two races. He took his maiden pole for the team last time out at the Berlin ePrix, but was mugged off the start by Sebastien Buemi and finished in fifth. In Paris, he enjoyed his first podium position as a DS Virgin Racing driver.

However both of these performances have done nothing to quell the rumours that his future with the team is not secure. Vergne needs to combine his qualifying pace in Berlin with his race pace in Paris to show he is still capable of the blistering performances we saw when he jumped from F1 to Formula E.

Dragon Racing

Dragon have four Super Pole appearances to DS Virgin’s seven. Loïc Duval has been consistent – when he’s finished the ePrix – whereas Jerome D’Ambrosio has flashes of brilliance mixed with the forgettable. The team haven’t scored points since Long Beach,  and will approach London with the aim of making their weekends to forget, well, forgotten.

jerome dambrosio mexico
The Race. Mexico City e-Prix, Mexico, Central America. Saturday 12 March 2016 Photo: Adam Warner /LAT/FE. ref: Digital Image 

Jerome D’Ambrosio

Jerome D’Ambrosio may have inherited his win in Mexico from Lucas di Grassi, but he has only one pole position fewer than Sam Bird this season.

He has finished out of the points in the past two ePrixs, but will be fighting to take third from Sam Bird and defend from Nico Prost and Stephane Sarrazin in fifth and sixth respectively (2 and 5 points adrift). A safe bet for a podium finish at some point over the weekend.

Loïc Duval

Duval has yet to appear on the podium this season, but thanks to his consistency with points-scoring finishes (albeit with three DNFs) he is currently eighth in the Championship.

However he hasn’t finished the previous two rounds of the season and will be looking to get the maximum out of both London ePrix, and possibly finish ahead of Daniel Abt in the standings, though Nick Heidfeld and Robin Frijns are both snapping at Duval’s heels.

The London ePrix take place on 2nd and 3rd July.

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