Sam Bird has described his move on Max Guenther to take fourth place from the German in last weekend’s Swiss E-Prix as “committed”.
The Envision Virgin Racing driver made an audacious move to the inside while approaching the tight first turn which is proceeded by a flat-out kinked downhill section of the narrow and undulating Bern track.
Formula E cars were registering their highest speeds of the season at the section in which Bird started his maneuver, with peaks of 143 mph.
Despite the two cars briefly touching, Bird made the position stick in what was widely accepted as the move of the race.
“[Guenther] has got this habit, of when he lifts and the he sees you go he then gets back on the throttle again which makes it really difficult to make a move,” Bird told e-racing365.
“So he wastes his energy and then we both lose time. Anyway, I managed to get it done, it was committed for sure, and then I could pull away and track Buemi.”
Bird was able to latch onto Buemi’s tail to fight for a podium position after Pascal Wehrlein retired from fourth place.
However, a lock-up late in the race when he hit a bump approaching Turn 7 gifted fourth place to Andre Lotterer, although Bird regained the position after the DS Techeetah driver’s post-race penalty was applied.
“It is a shame about the thing with Lotterer but he used his Attack Mode as well at the right time,” said Bird.
“Ideally I could have been in front of Seb and then not had to worry about it, but I just made a small error, ran wide but P5 ends the rut.
“I had faith in myself and the car, we got ourselves back in the mix after a load of bad races for various reasons.”