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Sam Bird

Sam Bird appeared on the karting scene in 2002, racing competitively in events across Europe, including the ICA Garda Cup and the Federation Cup.

Following his stint in karting, Bird won a scholarship to race in the inaugural season of Formula BMW with Carlin Motorsport. He ended the year with three wins and finished as one of the top rookie drivers.

Bird remained in Formula BMW for a second season and finished as eventual championship runner-up. His name also appeared on the shortlist for the McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award.

After a number of years progressing through Formula Renault and British F3, Bird held testing duties for Williams F1 focussing on straight-line aero development. He eventually joined forces with Mercedes for the Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi.

Recently, Bird has competed in GP2 where he narrowly missed out on the championship with Russian Time, claiming five wins en route to second in the standings.

Career Highlights

2013 - Finished as runner-up in GP2 for Russian Time with 5 wins. Test and Reserve Driver for Mercedes AMG F1 Team.

2012 - Finished 3rd in the World Series by Renault. Test and Reserve Driver for Mercedes AMG F1 Team.

2011 - Continued in GP2 and GP2 Asia Series and became Test and Reserve Driver for Mercedes AMG F1 Team.

2010 - Moved up to GP2, taking a pole, a feature race win and 6 podiums in his rookie season to finish 5th overall. Took part in the Young Driver Test for Mercedes at Abu Dhabi.

2009 - Continued in Formula 3 Euro Series and carried on testing duties for Williams F1.

2008 - Joined Formula 3 Euro Series with Manor Motorsport. Qualified on the front row at Macau GP.

2007 - Progressed to British F3 International Series with Carlin. 4th overall and Best Rookie. Selected to join MSA Race Elite and joined Williams F1 for aero testing.

2006 - Moved to Formula Renault with Fortec Motorsport. Finished 4th overall and ended year as the top rookie.

2005 - Remained in Formula BMW with Fortec Motorsport. Finished runner-up in the standings with 6 wins and 12 podiums. Selected as a finalist for McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award.

2004 - Won scholarship from BMW to compete in the first season of Formula BMW UK with Carlin Motorsport. Finished 2nd in the rookie championship with 3 wins.

Early career - Started karting competitively in 2002 racing across Europe in the ICA Garda Cup and the Federation Cup.

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Sam Bird Biography

Sam Jamie Bird (born 9 January 1987 in Roehampton) is a British racing driver; he was educated at Millfield School in Somerset.

Career

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

Bird on the Formula 3 Euro Series at the Hockenheimring (2009)

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.[2] 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 3 Euro Series 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 finished seventh in the series, with a second place in the final round.

Bird contested the 2010 GP2 Series with ART, having long coveted a drive with the French team. He was 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.

For 2011, Bird moved to the iSport International team alongside Marcus Ericsson. His GP2 Asia campaign resulted in three retirements from four races, but after a strong start to the main series season, he was second in the Drivers' Championship after four rounds, with the same number of points as leader Romain Grosjean. After this point, however, he gradually slipped back in the standings and finished sixth overall at the end of the season.

Bird competed for the new Russian Time squad in 2013 and enjoyed a hugely successful season. The Englishman took five wins on the way to second place in the championship, having taken the championship race down to the very last weekend. Bird's performances alongside teammate Tom Dillman secured Russian Time first place in the GP2 constructors' championship.

Formula One

On 16 November 2010 he took part in the young drivers test in Abu Dhabi driving for Mercedes GP.

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Name Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2004 Formula BMW UK Carlin Motorsport 20 0 0 0 0 22 14th
2005 Formula BMW UK Fortec Motorsport 20 6 9 3 12 218 2nd
Formula BMW World Final 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 4th
2006 Formula Renault UK Fortec Motorsport 20 4 7 5 7 373 4th
2007 British Formula Three Carlin Motorsport 22 2 0 1 10 180 4th
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 6th
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 27th
2008 Formula 3 Euro Series Manor Motorsport 20 0 0 0 2 23 11th
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 7th
2009 Formula 3 Euro Series Mücke Motorsport 18 0 1 2 4 40 8th
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 8th
British Formula Three Fortec Motorsport 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC†
Macau Grand Prix ART Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 1 N/A 3rd
2009–10 GP2 Asia Series ART Grand Prix 8 0 0 1 1 12 7th
2010 GP2 Series ART Grand Prix 20 1 1 4 5 48 5th
2011 GP2 Asia Series iSport International 4 0 0 0 0 2 12th
GP2 Series iSport International 18 0 1 3 3 45 6th
2012 Formula Renault 3.5 Series ISR Racing 17 2 1 0 7 177 3rd
Formula One Mercedes AMG Petronas Test driver
2013 GP2 Series Russian Time 22 5 2 3 6 181 2nd

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

Complete Formula 3 Euro Series results

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

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Points
2008 Manor Motorsport Dallara F308/036 Mercedes HOC1
1

10
HOC1
2

6
MUG
1

14
MUG
2

8
PAU
1

Ret
PAU
2

11
NOR
1

14
NOR
2

8
ZAN
1

4
ZAN
2

6
NÜR
1

22
NÜR
2

19
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

19
CAT
1

2
CAT
2

18
BUG
1

2
BUG
2

11
HOC2
1

16
HOC2
2

Ret
11th 23
2009 Mücke Motorsport Dallara F308 Mercedes HOC1
1

3
HOC1
2

6
LAU
1

5
LAU
2

3
NOR
1

8
NOR
2

Ret
ZAN
1

8
ZAN
2

2
OSC
1

12
OSC
2

20
NÜR
1

4
NÜR
2

8
BRH
1

6
BRH
2

3
CAT
1

Ret
CAT
2

Ret
DIJ
1

6
DIJ
2

5
8th 40

Complete GP2 Series results (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 21 22 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
2011 iSport International TUR
FEA

2
TUR
SPR

3
ESP
FEA

3
ESP
SPR

5
MON
FEA

Ret
MON
SPR

13
VAL
FEA

5
VAL
SPR

12
GBR
FEA

5
GBR
SPR

6
GER
FEA

8
GER
SPR

7
HUN
FEA

17
HUN
SPR

5
BEL
FEA

12
BEL
SPR

5
ITA
FEA

4
ITA
SPR

4
6th 45
2013 Russian Time MYS
FEA

7
MYS
SPR

Ret
BHR
FEA

6
BHR
SPR

1
ESP
FEA

21†
ESP
SPR

12
MON
FEA

1
MON
SPR

24
GBR
FEA

1
GBR
SPR

5
GER
FEA

13
GER
SPR

8
HUN
FEA

10
HUN
SPR

8
BEL
FEA

1
BEL
SPR

14
ITA
FEA

2
ITA
SPR

4
SGP
FEA

8
SGP
SPR

1
ABU
FEA

10
ABU
SPR

4
2nd 181

 

Complete GP2 Asia Series results

(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
2011 iSport International ABU
FEA

7
ABU
SPR

Ret
ITA
FEA

Ret
ITA
SPR

Ret
12th 2

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series results (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pos Points
2012 ISR ALC
1

9
ALC
2

2
MON
1

1
SPA
1

3
SPA
2

5
NÜR
1

8
NÜR
2

4
MSC
1

3
MSC
2

Ret
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

1
HUN
1

10
HUN
2

4
LEC
1

10
LEC
2

3
CAT
1

2
CAT
2

8
3rd 177

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results

(Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Class Car Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Rank Points
2014 AF Corse LMGTE Am Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Ferrari 4.5 L V8 SIL
3
SPA LMS
Ret
COA FUJ SHA BHR SÃO 11th* 17*

* Season in progress

24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2014 Italy AF Corse Australia Stephen Wyatt
Italy Michele Rugolo
Ferrari 458 Italia GTC LMGTE
Am
22 DNF DNF

References

  1. Jump up ^ Rowe, Callum (28 August 2013). "IN DEPTH Q&A – SAM BIRD". http://callumrowesgp2blog.wordpress.com/. Retrieved 30 August 2013. "SB: My middle name is Jamie" 
  2. Jump up ^ "BP Ultimate sponsors Sam Bird in Formula 3". BP Official Website. 15 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-05. 
  3. Jump up ^ Straw, Edd (16 November 2010). "Ricciardo tops day one of rookie test". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 17 November 2010. 

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Awards
Preceded by
Andrew Kirkaldy
Autosport
British Club Driver of the Year

2006
Succeeded by
Duncan Tappy
Preceded by
Esteban Gutiérrez
Pirelli Trophy for Tyre Management
Champion

2013
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