Sam Bird – Talks Up His Chances Ahead of the Final Race of the Formula E Season

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“This one’s for you Harry.” Cole Trickle – Days of Thunder

Arguably one of the best films ever made about racing is Days of Thunder. They even had a wheel chair race in that film. What must of Hans Zimmer been thinking when asked to write music for a wheelchair chase scene. In preparation for my interview with Formula E Driver Sam Bird, I watched clips of Days of Thunder in the hope I would empirically find some nuggets of information to take into the interview. in hindsight it might have been better to do some research on Formula E. Lesson learned.

A little about Formula E

Formula E was established by the governing body of world motorsport – the FIA – to demonstrate the ability of electric car technology in motorsport. As a result, the series is committed to embracing sustainable technologies. To this end, all the cars are charged by a generator that runs on glyercine, a fuel that is almost emission free, producing significantly fewer particulates such as NOx or CO2 compared to a standard diesel generator. I caught up with Sam Bird over the blower.

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What are your chances?

I’m currently 3rd in the standings in order to win the championship I’ll need a small miracle, but realistically the aim is to try and finish in 3rd and help DS Virgin secure 3rd in the manufacturers title. 

So this is the second season for Formula E, how did you get into it? 

This is the 2nd season of the series so its pretty new and exciting. I was doing Formula 1 at the time as the reserve driver for Mercedes F1. I heard about Formula E gaining momentum some big names going in and I knew virgin were interested and they wanted to speak to me and the rest is history. 

Days of thunder is my favourite racing movie, do you ever say “I’m dropping the hammer?” when over taking? 

I don’t shout that but its a good fun film. Real racing is different. 

Agree to disagree. 

LONDON, UK (June 21 2016) – The second season of the FIA Formula E Championship will be decided at the double-header finale at Battersea Park on July 2 and 3.

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