Sam Bird quickest in Sunday's NY practice

Cesar Mills
July 17, 2017

Bird swept to pole position earlier in the day, only for a slow start to cause him to drop to second behind Rosenqvist on the opening lap.

On Sunday morning, Bird took won the Super Pole for Sunday's 49-lap race, which will be the championship's 10th round of the season.

"It feels incredible. I know this was a historic weekend, not only for Formula E, but for motorsport in general, because there's never been a race in NY before".

Sam Bird had never been to New York City before this weekend's inaugural FIA Formula E Championship series race at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.

From there, Bird was able to quickly open up a gap over the chasing Mahindras, sitting around two seconds clear before a second full course yellow soon after the pit window opened put the Briton's advantage in the lurch. But he was behind his teammate throughout the race and finished third.

Mahindra Double Podium Finish

Red Bull Formula 1 protege Pierre Gasly caught the pair at the end, and the three concertinaed through the final corner - with Gasly throwing his Renault e.dams around the outside of Heidfeld.

He had to settle for fourth after his error, although still managed to get ahead of Mahindra's Nick Heidfeld, who had a scruffy lap.

But Gasly made a mistake and ran wide and damaged the front end of the vehicle.

"What a weekend not only for myself, but for the team", Bird said.

Oliver Turvey will start seven in his NextEV entry ahead of the two Abt-run Audi drivers, Daniel Abt again getting the better of title-contending team-mate Lucas di Grassi. "What a vehicle I was given this weekend - it was flying in qualifying, sensational energy management in the race - so hats off to DS Virgin Racing for giving me the best auto they have ever given me".

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