Jaguar Racing driver Sam Bird expressed his excitement for the season finale in Berlin, stating that the team can do something special to wrap up the 2020/2021 season, despite the “fierce competition”.
Bird had a disastrous weekend during the London E-Prix, with the Briton retiring in both races on home soil due to no fault of his own. While his teammate Mitch Evans had a great comeback drive in round 13, Bird expressed his desire to put out his best performance of his Formula E career.
“If I can leave Berlin knowing that I’ve done everything within my power to try and win championships and it doesn’t happen for whatever reason, I can hold my head up high. It’s when you let yourself down or you don’t quite nail qualifying, or you make some bad errors in the race; then you’re more disappointed,” Bird explained.
“The competition’s fierce but we can do something special in Berlin.”
Bird also talked about his disappointing London E-Prix experience, with the Jaguar driver unfazed despite the missed opportunities. However, he took the moment to talk about the goal for Berlin, to shift the team’s worries more towards qualifying.
Bird also referenced his best Formula E campaign to date, a close battle in season 4 with Jean-Eric Vergne and Lucas di Grassi with the DS Techeetah driver claiming his first title after all 3 drivers won a race each in the season finale. Now, Bird is closer to winning than he was back then.
“Both cars got caught up in accidents that were their fault on day one in London,” says Bird. “In my opinion, I was taken out in race two which was tough to take. It was an important race in terms of exposure for Jaguar, with its first race at home in 17 years. We’ve been through all of that but at the end of the day, it offered the same amount of points as at every other race,” Bird elaborated.
“It’s not a case of worrying too much about the racing, we just need to focus our attentions a little bit more on qualifying, making sure that I do two good clean laps, hopefully, both days so we can build a lot of points over the course of the weekend.
“It wasn’t the end of the world. I’m closer to the title fight now than I was when I was behind JEV (Jean-Eric Vergne) going into the season 4 finale. So, I take comfort and positivity in that,” Bird concluded.