Tai: We’ll stay realistic after big win

DS Virgin Racing boss Alex Tai says his team must stay grounded after Sam Bird won Saturday’s Buenos Aires ePrix.

The Formula E outfit emerged victorious in only its fourth race since being rebranded as DS Virgin, with Bird holding off a spirited challenge from Sebastien Buemi to finish on top of the podium.

While they will no doubt take lots of confidence from the performance, Tai believes they must stay realistic, with Bird still trailing championship leader Buemi by 28 points.

“I want to set realistic goals – if you don’t do that, it gets dispiriting for the team,” Tai told Motorsport.com. “Before we came here I thought we could fight for a podium, but we did much more with pole and the win.

“If we make less mistakes than the others guys do then we get a good shot at it and that is what we did. Lucas [di Grassi] and Seb [Buemi] were just far enough back. Sam was superb this weekend, a complete star.”

Tai also hailed the combined efforts of both the DS and Virgin camps after their difficult start to the season in Beijing last year.

“This is a win which came from a lot of hard work from a really dedicated bunch of mechanics and engineers, so I’m delighted,” he said.

“The car we found so difficult to race in Beijing is exactly the same car we raced here, because it is homologated.

“Through our hard-working engineering team and the injection of steroids from DS, we have left no stone unturned, so we know that this effort has paid some great dividends.”

Tai also praised DS chief engineer Xavier Mestelan, who arrived on loan from Citroen late last year.

“Having Xavier’s input too has been crucial, as he is one of the best engineers and leaders around,” said Tai.

“He was given to us directly by [PSA chairman] Carlos Tavares, which shows the scale of the support from the PSA Group.”

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