Sam Bird secured Super Pole in Paris last year, demonstrating fantastic performance around the Parisian streets, although a bad start resulted in a disappointing race for the British driver who could only manage a sixth place finish.
Looking ahead to this weekend and the return to the streets of Paris, Bird hopes to improve his result here from last April, however qualifying didn’t go quite as plan – Bird describing it as “the worst qualifying I have ever had in my career”. He qualified 18th with a 1:03.573, +1.402s off the pace of Buemi.
“France is very important to have on the Formula E calendar, and what a backdrop we have got! Paris is the home of the FIA who govern world motorsport.
“It’s a very busy city, a lot of congestion with naturally aspirated cars and hopefully bringing Formula E to a city like Paris means that we can showcase technologies that need to be implemented in city centres around the world.”
The location of the track is around the Les Invalides, notably home to the burial site of Napoleon Bonaparte. The gold dome of the iconic Invalides building is not the only impressive piece of Parisian architecture you can view whilst on track – the Eiffel Tower also offers an incredible backdrop to this street circuit in the heart of the French capital.
“You couldn’t get a better location if you tried, I think off the current calendar it’s probably the most impressive backdrop that we have got.”
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