Bird: “Santiago track has everything”

Round four of the all-electric Formula E series see’s Virgin Racing competing on the streets of the Chilean capital for the Santiago E-Prix.

The 2.47km, 12-turn street circuit will be new to all drivers this weekend but what can we expect from the track? Sam Bird, currently lying second in the drivers’ standings, gave his views on ahead of Saturday’s race…

“It’s got character that’s for sure,” says Bird. “There’s so many different changes in tarmac, to concrete, and then you’ve got bumps, camper, kerbs and walls to consider – this track has everything!

“I’m looking forward to driving it but as long as they clean parts of it – some of it right now is like a rallycross track!

“I think there will be quite a few overtaking zones too, but we’ll have to wait and see.”

He added: “In terms of energy management, it’s going to be tough. It was tough in the simulator and that’s normally easier but now looking at some of the corners, they are tighter than they appeared on the sim, so the lap could be slower and when the speeds are slower it can be harder to manage the energy – which means lots of regen.”

Round four of the series takes place at 16:00 local time on Saturday 3 February, and is live in the UK on 5Spike from 6:30pm.