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Lynn: DS Virgin Technical Continuity has “Positive Benefits”

The DS Virgin team is benefitting from a familiarity with its highly developed powertrain after largely deciding to prioritise technical continuity for Season Four.

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The DS Virgin team is benefitting from familiarity with its highly-developed powertrain after deciding to prioritize technical continuity for Season Four, according to race driver Alex Lynn.

The Anglo-French squad won the Formula E season-opening race in Hong Kong last month, while Lynn and teammate Sam Bird also collated sufficient points to place a close second behind Mahindra in the early teams’ standings after two races.

DS Performance has optimized only small areas of its package from Season Three to Season Four, as it has escalated its R&D in preparation for the Season five powertrain which will see the usable power almost double from the current 28kWh increased to 54kWh.

“It certainly means that we turn up knowing exactly what we are going to do with the car and the powertrain every single time, so in that sense it has some positive benefits,” Lynn told e-racing365.

“That showed at Hong Kong and was a big contributing part of the result there for the team.”

Lynn, who scored points for eighth and ninth place finishes in Hong Kong, believes that Marrakesh this weekend will see a clearer picture emerge of a potential grid hierarchy.

“In the race we should see more of a defined pecking order here. The stronger cars should find it easier to be at the front here than at Hong Kong,” explained Lynn.

“We have all got the same power to use in qualifying so it is all about if you can do the best or not.

Lynn also thinks that Formula E offers more opportunity for drivers and teams to make a difference in order to challenge for victory.

“For me this is the biggest thing about Formula E compared to any other championship with the fact that you don’t get a lot of track time and the track is never the same,” he said.

“There are so many variables which means it is possible to win the race not having clinically the best or fastest car. This is not usually the case in most other disciplines in racing.”

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

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