Virgin Racing
Virgin Racing logo
Team Information
Based Flag of the United Kingdom London, UK
Début 2014 Beijing ePrix
Founder Unknown
Key People Alex Tai
Driver(s) Sam Bird (No.2)
José María López (No.37)
Car Virgin DSV-01
Sponsor(s) Unknown
Website Virgin Racing
Team Stats
Last Season 3rd
Entries 33
Wins 5
First Win 2014 Putrajaya ePrix
Points 467
Poles 6
Podiums 13
Fastest Laps 5
Titles Unknown
Current Season
Entrant DS Virgin Racing Formula E Team
Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird Argentina José María López
Sam Bird Jose Maria Lopez
2nd (101 Pt(s)) 15th (13 Pt(s))
Team Standings
2nd (118 Pt(s))
 DS Virgin Racing are a racing team, set to compete in the 2016/17 FIA Formula E Championship and were one of the founding teams in the series.[1] Originally having formed as a standalone team called Virgin RacingDS Virgin Racing comprise of the original team, with manufacturer backing from the Citroën owned DS brand.[2]


Founded specifically for the Formula E championship (having previously competed in Formula One in 2010 and 2011), Virgin have the backing of Sir Richard Branson, an entrepreneur, business men and owner of the Virgin brand.[1] The team hope to bring their experience in other fields (such as aviation and Virgin Galactic) to the championship to improve the series as a whole.[1]

Formula E HistoryEdit

Virgin Racing were one of the first teams to be entered for the championship, with Sam Bird and Jaime Alguersuari named as their drivers.[1] After a podium in Beijing, Bird claimed the team's first victory at the 2014 Putrajaya ePrix, setting up a period where many thought he and Virgin could sustain a title challenge.[3] It was not to be however, as fortune deserted Bird over the following rounds, while Alguersuari continued to take only minor points.

Virgin's season only picked up again at the double header in their home city of London at the end of the season, where Alguersuari, following a health scare in Moscow, was replaced by Fabio Leimer.[4] Although Bird still had a mathematical chance of taking the title, he was eliminated from the fight almost immediately as he failed to take pole. Despite that set back, Bird put in a strong drive in the Second London ePrix that ended the season to take a second victory, having pushed Stéphane Sarrazin hard enough that the Frenchman used all of his energy.[5] Virgin ended the season in fifth, having been unlucky at many times during the season.

Bird will return with the team for season two with Jean-Éric Vergne joining the team, following Algeuersuari's retirement from motorsport.

French connectionEdit

During the London double header at the end of 2014/15, Virgin announced they would be using a powertrain built by DS Automobiles, the racing subsidiary of Citroën for the 2015/16 Championship.[2] The backing from Citroën saw Bird and Vergne get a seriously competitive car for the season, with both drivers threatening the top times of the 2015 Donington Test. Yet, the season opener would not go to plan, with Bird only managing to secure second, while Vergne missed out on points all together.[6]

Into the second round of the season and Bird once again showed his true colours, just falling shy of victory in the 2015 Putrajaya ePrix, the sight of his maiden win.[7] Minor points and a retirement followed in Punta del Este, before Bird put together an excellent display at the 2016 Buenos Aires ePrix to take a first win of the season from pole.[8] That performance started a run of form for Bird where he frequently claimed a spot in the Super Pole shootout, taking two poles, but fell short due to mistakes in the races.[9]

Vergne, meanwhile, would have a fairly quiet season until the 2016 Paris ePrix, where the Frenchman finally found some form to finish on the podium at his home race.[9] A pole was then converted into a fifth place finish in Berlin, before the Frenchman took a second podium of the season in the 2016 London ePrix I.[10] The final weekend of the season saw Virgin just fend off a late challenge from Dragon Racing for third, with the Anglo-French effort beating the American squad by a single point to finish third overall.[11]

DS DivinesEdit

Vergne left the team at the end of the season to join the new Techeetah effort, leaving a vacant seat at DS Virgin for the 2016/17 season.[12] Citroën pushed to have one of their drivers come into the team, with Virgin agreeing to hand José María López a seat in the team, the Argentine already a renowned racing driver with multiple WTCC titles.[13] Bird remained as their team leader, with the pair using the new car to great effect in the 2016 Donington Test, with both getting into the top half of table in terms of overall pace.

Formula E RecordEdit

Virgin Racing's Formula E record is shown below

FIA Formula E Championship Record
Year Driver Rounds Pos. Pts.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
2014/15 Flag of China Flag of Malaysia Flag of Uruguay Flag of Argentina Flag of the United States Flag of the United States Flag of Monaco Flag of Germany Flag of Russia Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the United Kingdom 5th 133
Alguersuari 11th 9th 5th 4th 11th 8th Ret 12th 13th
Leimer 14th Ret
Bird 3rd 1st Ret 7th 8th Ret 4th 8th Ret 6th 1st
2015/16 Flag of China Flag of Malaysia Flag of Uruguay Flag of Argentina Flag of Mexico Flag of the United States Flag of France Flag of Germany Flag of Russia Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the United Kingdom 3rd 221
Bird 7th 2nd Ret 1st 6th 6th 6th 11th CAN 7th Ret
Vergne 12th Ret 7th 11th 16th 13th 2nd 5th CAN Ret 4th
2016/17 Flag of Hong Kong Flag of Morocco Flag of Argentina Flag of Mexico Flag of Monaco Flag of France Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of the United States Flag of the United States Flag of Canada Flag of Canada 4th 190
Bird 13th 2nd Ret 3rd Ret 16th 7th 7th 1st 1st 5th 4th
López Ret 10th 10th 6th Ret 2nd 4th 5th Ret 3rd
Lynn Ret Ret


Videos and Images:


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 'Teams: Virgin Racing',, (FIA Formula E, 2015),, (Accessed 19/07/2015)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Gary Watkins, 'Citroen DS brand joins forces with Virgin in Formula E for 2015/16',, (Haymarket Media, 27/07/2015),, (Accessed 19/07/2015)
  3. 'Sam Bird seals victory in the Putrajaya ePrix',, (FIA Formula E, 22/11/2014),, (Accessed 30/04/2015)
  4. 'Leimer replaces Alguersuari for London',, (FIA Formula E, 23/06/2015),, (Accessed 25/06/2015)
  5. 'Bird hails ‘unbelievable’ end to season',, (FIA Formula E, 28/06/2015),, (Accessed 30/06/2015)
  6. 'Buemi to the max in Beijing',, (FIA Formula E, 24/10/2015),, (Accessed 25/10/2015)
  7. 'Di Grassi keeps his cool to win in Putrajaya',, (FIA Formula E, 07/11/2015),, (Accessed 22/11/2015)
  8. 'Bird holds off Buemi for BA win',, (FIA Formula E, 06/02/2016),, (Accessed 22/03/2016)
  9. 9.0 9.1 'Di Grassi triumphant in Paris',, (FIA Formula E, 23/04/2016),, (Accessed 23/04/2016)
  10. 'BUEMI AND DI GRASSI CHARGE UP THE ORDER, BUT IT’S PROST WHO LEADS THE WAY',, (FIA Formula E, 02/07/2016),, (Accessed 03/07/2016)
  12. 'TEN TEAMS ENTERED FOR THE 2016-17 FIA FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIP',, (FIA Formula E, 01/07/2016),, (Accessed 08/07/2016)