Sam Bird has taken part in his first test with the Jaguar Formula E team since making the switch from Envision Virgin Racing.

Bird, a nine-time Formula E winner, has contested every season of the series to date with Virgin but signed to join rivals Jaguar Racing at the end of the 2019-20 campaign.

The 33-year-old Briton shookdown Jaguar’s new I-Type 5 challenger at the Abingdon airfield in Oxfordshire alongside teammate Mitch Evans as the team stepped up its preparations for the 2020-21 season.

"I've just completed my first day behind the wheel with Jaguar Racing in our development Jaguar I-Type 5,” Bird, who is the only driver to have won a race in every Formula E season, said.

"After some time in the simulator it was great to get back in a Formula E car.

"I felt very proud to put on the Jaguar overalls this morning for the first time and follow in the footsteps of the great drivers that have competed for Jaguar.

"I've been getting up to speed with my engineers and there is already a great relationship to build on.

"There are lots of new names and faces and I am enjoying meeting and getting to know all the team.

"Mitch and I have also spent some time together and we are both hungry to bring more success to the team.

"We have a long season ahead but we've made a good start and are looking forward to the season seven car launch next month and the official pre-season test in Valencia.”

Pre-season testing at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia is scheduled for 28 November.

 

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