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Sam confirmed for new DS Virgin Formula E campaign

DS Virgin Racing has confirmed that Sam will return to race for them in the 2017-18 FIA Formula E season.

Sam Bird will return next season for DS Virgin Racing in Formula E

Sam, who has contested every one of the team's 33 starts in the series, will continue a long-standing association that has seen him secure five wins and nine podiums to make him the third all-time Formula E points scorer.

He will partner Alex Lynn, who was appointed the team’s official reserve driver earlier this year but will step up to a full-time race seat when the burgeoning all-electric single-seater championship gets underway on December 2 on the streets of Hong Kong.

Sam said: "It’s great to be remaining with the DS Virgin Racing family which I’ve been a part of since we completed the first-ever test lap at Donington Park in 2014.

"Last season saw us take some big steps forward in terms of pace and energy management – as our double victory in New York showed – and I know the team has been working hard on maintaining this competitive edge.

"I’m looking forward to further success in season four and to be partnering with Alex who will no doubt prove to be a real asset to the team."

Team Principal Alex Tai said: "I'm delighted to announce our driver line-up for season four. It's important for us at DS Virgin Racing to be nurturing young drivers like Alex, while Sam has consistently proven himself to be one of the most talented drivers on the grid. Together with the pace of our car, I believe we have a very competitive package that can fight at the top."

DS Performance Director Xavier Mestelan Pinon added: “We are very pleased to continue to work with Sam Bird. His substantial experience has made him one of the quickest and most consistent drivers in the field."