Virgin Racing's Jaime Alguersari only has eyes for victory in the fourth round of the Formula E championship and is determined to keep his British team-mate Sam Bird behind him.

The fourth round of the newly-formed championship takes place this weekend on the street circuit in Buenos Aires, and Alguersuari believes he has the car under to him to win and hopes Virgin Racing can record the first one-two finish in the history of Formula E.

The former Formula 1 driver just missed out on the race win last time in Uruguay, eventually finishing fifth, 4.6 seconds behind race-winner Sebastien Buemi. But the Spaniard is determined to win this weekend and said what his team have learnt over the previous rounds has given them the capability to do so.

"I personally really like the track from what we have seen from the simulator," the Spaniard said. "Argentina is a great place to race and I'm sure we can win because we came close to doing so at the last race in Uruguay. The car is quick and if we manage to run a day with no issues and have a clean race, it is very probable that we can win. We are here to win and I want to win the Championship."

The Virgin Racing team sit third in the team standings after the opening three rounds, 10 points behind the early leaders' e.dams-Renault. Alguersauri's team-mate Sam Bird claimed victory in Malaysia and proved the car has the ability to challenge at the front.

The 24-year-old, who is back racing for the first time since 2011 when he drove for Toro Rosso in F1, was quick to heap praise on his British team-mate.

"I have a great team-mate, too. He is quick and he is smart and I know he will perform well in Argentina but he will be behind me," he added. "That's the only message I can give him. It would be great to get a 1-2 finish on the podium... but me first."

Bird, has already notched up two podium appearances in the opening rounds with victory in Malaysia and after sneaking into third place thanks to the last lap drama in the opening race. However, the Roehampton-born racer - who celebrates his 28th birthday a day before the race in Buenos Aires - crashed on the third lap in Uruguay and lost vital ground in the drivers' standings.

Heading to Argentina, Audi Sport ABT's Lucas di Grassi holds an 18-point lea with Buemi and Bird tied on 40 points with identical results. Alguersuari sits in ninth place after a slow start to the campaign.

"I expect to go about winning by being focused, fast and consistent and working hard with my engineer," Bird said. "If we win I expect a lot of celebrating and a lot of smiles but also I expect us to focus on the fact that there's going to be another five rounds after this race and keep our feet on the floor."

Speaking about adapting to racing electric cars in the brand new championship, Alguersuari admitted he never dreamed of it but is relishing the challenge.

"I never imagined myself driving electric cars, especially because we started with petrol and we thought we were going to die with petrol," he said. "The electric racing situation has come up very early because even two years ago I would never expect to be racing completely electric."

"We still have some issues to solve and we are working to understand more about the car, the batteries and the brakes. Everything is so different than to drive a petrol car and you need to completely change your mentality and your driving style and adapt yourself to be efficient in this Series."

 

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