Sam Bird

Samuel Bird (born 9 January 1987 in Roehampton) is a British racing driver.

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Formula BMW

Bird made his name in single seater racing in the Formula BMW category, coming fourteenth overall in his debut season and second in the rookie cup. He came runner up in 2005, which was only his second season in the category and also came fourth in the Formula BMW world final, the race itself was won by German Marco Holzer.

Formula Renault

For 2006, Bird entered the British Formula Renault series, where he won four races and came fourth in the championship, 111 points behind series champion Sebastian Hohenthal.

Formula Three

In 2007, Bird raced in the British Formula Three Championship with Carlin Motorsport, racing in a Mercedes powered Dallara. In March 2007, Bird secured sponsorship from BP, "The brand is already prominent in the World Rally Championship" Mark Reader, BP's UK Fuels Marketing Manager, commented, "Sam’s an incredible prospect and we’re excited to be getting into a relationship at this stage of his career" he added.[1] Bird was elected to the Motor Sports Association Race Elite Scheme in April 2007, along with 5 other drivers in various British series and also participated in a series of aerodynamic tests with the AT&T Williams F1 Team.

Bird moved to the Manor Motorsport and the Formula Three Euroseries in 2008 and had a testing year, finishing eleventh in the championship with 23 points - 16 of which came from second places during Saturday races at Catalunya and Le Mans and only picked up points from three other races. For 2009, he joined McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner Alexander Sims, 2008 Mücke driver Christian Vietoris and 2008 Formula BMW Europe runner-up Marco Wittmann at Mücke Motorsport. He earned his first pole position and fastest laps, but failed to win a race en route to eighth in the championship.

GP2 Series

Bird missed the final round of the F3 Euroseries season to join up with the ART Grand Prix team for a GP2 Asia Series test at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. He raced in the 2009–10 season for the team, where he finshed 7th in the series, with a second place in the final round.

Bird now contests the 2010 GP2 Series with ART, having long coveted a drive with the French team. He has been fast but frequently unlucky, losing several potential results due to technical issues, engine failures and collisions for which he was not at fault. However, he managed to claim his maiden series win at the first race at Monza, as well as claiming his third fastest lap of the season.

Formula One

On 16 November 2010 he took part in the young drivers test in Abu Dhabi driving for Mercedes GP. He set the third fastest time, 1.118 seconds slower than pacesetter Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull.[2]

Motor racing record

Season Series Team Name Races Poles Wins Points Position
2004 Formula BMW UK Carlin Motorsport 14 1 1 22 14th
2005 Formula BMW UK Fortec Motorsport 20 8 6 218 2nd
2006 Formula Renault UK Fortec Motorsport 20 6 4 373 4th
2007 British Formula Three Carlin Motorsport 22 0 2 180 4th
2008 Formula Three Euroseries Manor Motorsport 20 0 0 23 11th
2009 Formula Three Euroseries Mücke Motorsport 18 1 0 40 8th
British Formula Three Fortec Motorsport 2 0 0 0 NC†
Macau Grand Prix ART Grand Prix 1 0 0 N/A 3rd
2009–10 GP2 Asia Series ART Grand Prix 8 0 0 12 7th
2010 GP2 Series ART Grand Prix 20 1 1 48 5th

† - As Bird was a guest driver, he was ineligible for points.

Complete GP2 Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Points
2010 ART Grand Prix ESP
FEA

9
ESP
SPR

4
MON
FEA

18
MON
SPR

10
TUR
FEA

3
TUR
SPR

10
VAL
FEA

3
VAL
SPR

10
GBR
FEA

4
GBR
SPR

DNS
GER
FEA

14
GER
SPR

5
HUN
FEA

13
HUN
SPR

Ret
BEL
FEA

Ret
BEL
SPR

12
ITA
FEA

1
ITA
SPR

3
ABU
FEA

3
ABU
SPR

Ret
5th 48

Complete GP2 Asia Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 DC Points
2009–10 ART Grand Prix ABU1
FEA

18
ABU1
SPR

18
ABU2
FEA

Ret
ABU2
SPR

Ret
BHR1
FEA

13
BHR1
SPR

4
BHR2
FEA

6
BHR2
SPR

2
7th 12

References

  1. . BP Official Website. 15 March 2007. http://www.bp.com/genericarticle.do?categoryId=4005775&contentId=7030958. Retrieved 2007-04-05. 
  2. Straw, Edd (16 November 2010). . autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/88327. Retrieved 17 November 2010.