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Formula E: Brit Sam Bird extends winning record to cap off double header in Saudi Arabia

SAM BIRD extended his record as the only driver to win a race in all seven Formula E seasons in Saudi Arabia.

The Brit claimed his first victory since his switch to Jaguar to cap off the double header under the lights in Riyadh.

Sam Bird is the only drive to win a race in all seven Formula E seasons

Bird fiercely battled with former Envision Virgin Racing teammate Robin Frijns who finished second ahead of two-time FE champion Jean-Eric Vergne.

Bird said: “I was a bit emotional in the car, it was a big step for me leaving what was my family at Envision Virgin Racing, who were great to me for six years and joining a new team.

“But Jaguar have welcomed me with open arms, I didn’t know what to expect at the beginning but I have come into a fantastic team.

“They’re a great bunch of guys, they’re already my family and I’m just happy I can get the result.”

Last season’s constructors’ champions Techeetah crusaded through the field but it ended with both teammates colliding.

The reigning champion Antonio Felix Da Costa and former F1 ace Vergne both barged into each other as they were fighting for a place on the podium.

Vergne ultimately took the final step on the podium as Da Costa settled for fourth.

Both Mercedes drivers finished outside the points

Mercedes duo Stoffel Vandoorne and yesterday’s winner Nyck de Vries both finished outside of the points.

This was after a heavy crash in the final practice session for Edoardo Mortara in a Mercedes-powered Venturi car.

Mortara flew into the barriers after a break failure, which led to the FIA preventing all Mercedes powered cars from going out on track until the issue was resolved, which forced the Mercs to miss qualifying.

Mortara was not fit to race after going to the medical centre but was on the grid prior to the race.

Edoardo Mortara avoided any severe injuries from his heavy collison

Mortara said: “I feel quite okay. I would be lying if I said I was perfectly fine.

“I have some big pain from the crash this morning but I am thankful and grateful I don’t have any severe injuries.

“It was not a great feeling, it’s a thing I would like to forget.”

“You feel a bit like a passenger, there’s nothing you can do with no breaks.”

“I thought it was the end for me, so it was not a nice feeling at all.”


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