Jean-Eric Vergne is relishing the opportunity to partner Sam Bird in the upcoming FIA Formula E season at DS Virgin Racing.
Vergne was confirmed to be joining Virgin for season two after spending the majority of the first campaign with Andretti, finishing seventh overall in the final drivers’ championship.
The ex-Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver will balance his development driver duties with Scuderia Ferrari with his role at Virgin, replacing Jaime Alguersuari.
Vergne will race alongside Bird, who finished fifth overall in season one with two race wins to his name and will be looking to lead the team once again in the coming campaign.
In a post on his Instagram account, Vergne expressed his excitement about finally working with Bird, a driver and competitor that he respects and reveres.
“Really happy to be driving for DS Virgin Racing for this new season of Formula E, and to partner a very good and friendly driver,” Vergne wrote.
“There is only a few drivers you can race and fight to the limit knowing there will always be this mutual respect and room. @sambirdracing this season will be a good and exciting one!”
Pre-season testing for the second FIA Formula E season starts on Monday at Donington Park in England.