Maintaining his record of being at every Formula E race since its inception, DS Virgin Racing driver Sam Bird has opted out of his World Endurance Championship race with AF Corse Ferrari at the Nurburgring to race in the Formula E New York ePrix double header instead.
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“I know we’ll put on a great show for the people of New York”, said Bird. “I’m expecting big crowds to turn up on both days.
“With the first ever FIA sanctioned motor sport event held in New York, Formula E is continuing to push the boundaries and break new ground, and it’s exciting to be a part of that.
“Being a double header race event, there’s a huge amount at stake for all the teams and the drivers, so it’s definitely one to watch.”
However, it would appear that Toyota haven’t been as understanding as Ferrari have, because while Ferrari have agreed to let Sam Bird miss their WEC race, Toyota LMP1 have held Bird’s Formula E team-mate Jose Maria Lopez to his contract.
Therefore, Lopez will miss the New York ePrix and is set to be replaced by Alex Lynn, who has tested the DS Virgin Formula E car and has gotten to grips with it in a reserve driver capacity.
Same goes for the Formula E championship leader Sebastian Buemi who has been held to his Toyota LMP1 contract and shall be replaced by 2016 GP2 winner Pierre Gasly.
As for who replaces Sam Bird at AF Corse Ferrari for WEC Nurburgring, Toni Vilander and Miguel Molina look to be the possible choices but Ferrari haven’t confirmed their entry list yet.
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– Aditya Bhat.