Sam Bird says he has not given up hope of catching points leader Jean-Eric Vergne in his bid to win the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
Techeetah driver Vergne claimed a nine-point swing over Bird at the Berlin E-Prix with a podium finish, to stretch his buffer at the top of the standings to 40 points with three races remaining.
Bird told e-racing365 that he remains hopeful considering “stranger things have happened”, although he also said it will be tough to reprise last season’s New York double victory on the final weekend.
“I’m expecting to fight for better points at the last three,” said Bird, who finished seventh in Germany for DS Virgin Racing.
“Like normal, I have to do a miracle at the last race!
“But stranger things have happened. Looking back at New York last year, that wasn’t so bad for me. 53 out of 58 points came my way. To do that again will take some doing though.”
With a total of 87 points available and a further 36 points back to third-placed Felix Rosenqvist, Bird is by far the most likely driver to catch runaway leader Vergne, who has yet to finish outside the top five this season.
Bird made up three positions from his 10th-place grid start in Berlin and was satisfied with achieving six points, believing it was the highest amount he and his DS Virgin DSV-03 could obtain.
“I’m quite chuffed with seventh today,” said Bird.
“It was clear that it was the maximum that car was going to achieve. We go fighting in Switzerland and New York now, and that’s all you can do.”
Bird described how his current second position in the standings has exceeded his and his team’s expectations after the DS Virgin car underwent minimal development changes from Season Three to Four.
“We’ve had an amazing run this year,” he said.
“We went into this season not even expecting a podium, and now I’m there fighting for the championship. It’s pretty amazing.
“Everyone’s done a stunning job. Hats off to everybody. I think the last three races will suit us a lot better than this one.”