Why Sam Bird is Formula E’s finest talent

Why Sam Bird is Formula E’s finest talent

Sam Bird has proved himself to be one of the fastest, highly competitive and most consistent drivers in the four season history of the Formula E Championship. Until Audi’s Lucas di Grassi won his first race of season four in Zurich, Bird had been the only driver to win a race in every single season of the all-electric championship. This consistency is what has lead Bird to be in with a mathematical chance of winning the drivers’ title at every single Formula E finale*: a pretty impressive statistic.

His seven Formula E wins places him joint-second with di Grassi in the ranking of most successful Formula E drivers, with 34% of his races in Formula E resulting in a win or podium finish for the British driver.

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Bird left unimpressed with chicanes that don’t “live up to expectations”

Bird left unimpressed with chicanes that don’t “live up to expectations”

When Formula E confirmed that it would not be returning to Donington for its pre-season testing the hunt for a new racing venue begun. The difficulty in finding a track that is adequately representative to the city-centre street circuits that Formula E race on in the championship would always prove a challenge but a track was finally chosen; Valencia and the Circuit Ricardo Tormo – a popular testing venue, previously hosting Formula 1 and MotoGP.

However two additions to the race circuit have been making headlines this week during testing, and not for the right reasons.

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“Harsh penalties” should be implemented to those that “cheat” Fanboost, according to Bird

“Harsh penalties” should be implemented to those that “cheat” Fanboost, according to Bird

FanBoost has been a controversial part of the Formula E weekend since it was introduced at the first ePrix at Beijing in 2014. The idea was to be able to give your favourite driver a ‘boost’ of energy which would then help them during the all-electric races around global city centres. Unfortunately for FanBoost, bots soon became involved and the chance to win FanBoost became less about your fan engagement and more about how much money you had to pay to get you up the rankings.

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