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Tai Set to Leave Position as DS Virgin Team Principal

DS Virgin boss Alex Tai set to leave his position as team principal…

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DS Virgin Racing team principal Alex Tai is set to leave his position with the team, e-racing365 can reveal.

Tai, who has been in charge of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship outfit since its formation in 2014, is expected to be replaced shortly.

Tai is not at the Berlin E-Prix this weekend, with chief technical officer and deputy team principal Sylvain Filippi instead overseeing the operation.

E-racing365 understands that some senior members of DS Virgin were informed of Tai’s departure ahead of the Berlin event in a hastily arranged meeting at the Tempelhof circuit on Thursday.

The team is expected to confirm that it will race as an Audi powertrain customer in Season Five, with an announcement anticipated in July soon after the New York City finale.

News of Tai’s suspected exit comes just two weeks after the Envision Energy company – which is known to have ambitions to become a Formula E manufacturer – acquired a majority share of DS Virgin.

“The electrification of the transportation system means that the future of the energy and mobility sectors are intertwined,” said Lei Zhang, Envision Founder and CEO, in April.

“Envision and DS Virgin Racing share an ambition to accelerate the energy transition, where everyone has access to clean, secure and affordable energy.

“With this investment, we will work with the DS Virgin Racing Team to create the future of clean e-mobility.”

Both Tai and the DS Virgin team declined to comment when approached by e-racing365 on Friday.

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Edward Hunter

    May 18, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    A big shame. I always liked Alex; he was a good team principal and a pretty nice guy who was generous with his time when I met him. I thought he was Branson’s right hand man or something, so it’s a shame that Envision seem to have forced him out. No doubt this will compromise DS Virgin’s title push with Sam Bird; it will be a huge distraction if nothing else, and a lot of extra workload for Sylvian Filippi.

  2. Chris

    May 19, 2018 at 6:03 am

    That’s what happens when you sell more than 50% of the company. It’s not a Virgin team now and all bets are off. Which is a huge shame. I wanted the Virgin brand to keep up involvement in the series indefinitely as team owner. But now who knows.

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