Sam Bird is the new FIA Formula E “King of New York” after making it two-for-two today, winning both races this weekend at the first ever E NYC ePrix.
Bird backed up his win yesterday with a dominant performance all Sunday. He led the first practice session, earned pole position and went on to win the race. It’s only the second time in Formula E series history that both rounds of a doubleheader have been won by the same driver.
“I did not expect this,” Bird said. “It is beyond my wildest dreams. To win one, felt incredible. But to win two? I don’t really know what to say!
“I don’t know if we were in a different league, the Mahindras certainly kept me on my toes. But I think I managed my energy extremely well in the second phase of the race.
“My engineer was incredible with telling me what I needed to do. We executed it, and more, with the energy consumption, and in the end, it was comfortable.”
Second place on the grid went to Felix Rosenqvist for Mahindra Racing. Rosenqvist briefly took the lead in the first turn, but Bird was able to jump him before the halfway point and held the lead through the pit stop sequence.
Rosenqvist dropped back to third after the pit sequence when the team worried there was an issue with his car, but teammate Nick Heidfeld relinquished the position when it became clear Rosenqvist would finish the race to keep his championship chances alive.
Fourth place finish Pierre Gasly had the most dramatic end to his race in the field. The fill-in driver for Renault e.Dam’s Sebastien Buemi caught the Mahindra pair on the last lap and collected the wall just before crossing the line while attempting to pass Heidfeld.
Lucas Di Grassi continued eating away at Buemi’s lead in the championship. Buemi—who finished fourth in today’s FIA World Endurance Championship race at the Nurburgring—came into the weekend with a 32 point lead. However, in his absence, Di Grassi has closed that gap to just 10 points with two races remaining.
The final two races of the FIA Formula E Championship will be held in Montreal in two weeks time where Buemi, Di Grassi, Rosenqvist and Bird will battle for the 2017 crown.