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13 May 2014
Sam Bird and Jaime Alguersuari aiming to spark success for Virgin
Virgin Racing Formula E team announces its 2014 driver line up
Virgin announced today that Sam Bird and Jaime Alguersuari will join the Virgin Racing Formula E Team to drive for the 2014 Formula E Championship season. The competitive line up reflects Virgin's desire to create a winning team in the first season of Formula E.
Sam Bird is an exciting young driver and proven race winner who narrowly missed out on the GP2 Series title last season after claiming an impressive five victories. Prior to this he has been shortlisted for the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award, enjoyed successful campaigns in Formula Renault 3.5 and sampled Formula One machinery for both the Williams and Mercedes F1 teams.
The youngest ever-driver to make a Formula One appearance, Alguersuari is also an exciting young talent. After success in the Formula Junior Series, Formula Renault Euro race including taking the Championship in his debut year, his F1 debut in the Toro Rosso race seat saw him produce a string of strong performances including two top ten finishes.
Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin, said: "Jaime and Sam are young yet experienced drivers and fantastic guys off the racetrack to boot. I'm delighted to welcome them both to the Virgin Racing family. Jamie has demonstrated speed and talent at the very highest level whilst Sam is a proven race winner. I am sure they will be a formidable force on the circuits, let sparks fly!"
Alex Tai, Team Principal of Virgin Racing Formula E Team, said: "Jaime and Sam are exceptional talents and real fighters on the racetrack, who bring with them experience of Formula One and racing at the highest level. Virgin has always been renowned for its technological innovation and for backing young talent, and we're looking forward to giving both drivers the equipment they deserve to show just how good they are."
Sam Bird, Virgin Racing Formula E Driver, said: "Formula E is going to be a brilliant experience and I can't wait to get started on what will be an exciting new challenge in my career. I know I'm going to be driving the latest in electric vehicle technology and I'm looking forward to testing myself around the streets of some of the world's most amazing cities."
Jaime Alguersuari, Virgin Racing Formula E Driver, said: "I'm thrilled to be driving for an organisation like Virgin. I'm going to be driving for a great team with a wealth of experience and I can't wait to get out on the streets and put these cars to the test."