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3 April 2017: DS Virgin advance thanks to podium for Sam

DS Virgin Racing moved up to third in the Formula E standings thanks to a podium by Sam in a tense and dramatic race at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City. The closing stages of the race saw Sam and team-mate Jose Maria Lopez in a chasing pack hunting down leaders Lucas di Grassi and Jerome D'Ambrosio, who h...

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21 November 2016: Triple championship victory for Ferrari at WEC finale

Ferrari maintained its tradition of World Endurance Championship achievement by earning three titles at the season-ending Six Hours of Bahrain, with Sam Bird contributing a podium to the celebrations. Ferrari's triple success included the GT Manufacturers' Cup, where their win was boosted by Sam and his team-mate Dav...

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12 November 2016: Sam earns season's first podium for DS Virgin Racing in Morocco

Sam Bird stormed to second place in Marrakech to bring home DS Virgin Racing's first points of the FIA Formula E season. After the disappointment of the season opener in Hong Kong, where Sam led before being felled by technical issues, the 29-year-old Brit and his team targeted the formidable Moroccan street circuit fo...

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19 September 2016: Double GTE Pro podium for AF Corse Ferrari 488s at Austin

Round six of the FIA World Endurance Championship saw Sam Bird and his AF Corse team-mates secure second and third in the GTE Pro class at the Circuit of the Americas. Car reliability, driver performance and team strategy all played their part in maintaining the Ferrari challenge, particularly during two full-course ye...

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25 July 2016: Ferrari one-two at the 6 Hours of Nurburgring

Sam Bird and the AF Corse Ferrari team wiped out the disappointment of a difficult 24hrs of Le Mans by storming to the top of the GTE-Pro podium as the World Endurance Championship reached Germany. A rain-hit qualifying session for the Six Hours of Nurburgring left Sam and Davide Rigon near the back of the field, but a...

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9 May 2016: Sam and Ferrari on top in WEC GTE Pro

Sam Bird and his AF Corse team-mate Davide Rigon continued their perfect start to the World Endurance Championship by earning GTE Pro pole position and victory at Spa. The WEC 6hrs of Spa was Sam's fifth pole position and third victory in his six races so far in 2016 as he combines his sports car duties with competing ...

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17 April 2016: Home win for Sam on Ferrari pro debut

Sam Bird wrote another memorable chapter in his Silverstone story of success by taking pole position and victory on his debut as a Ferrari factory driver in the FIA World Endurance Championship. Partnering Davide Rigon in the #71 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE, Sam helped the team to a dominant weekend in the 6hrs of Silversto...

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7 February 2016: Brilliant Bird claims first season victory for DS Virgin Racing

Skill, patience and excellent team management combine to give DS Virgin Racing their first win of the season after just four races. And it was all done in incredible fashion. Sam Bird produced a brilliant performance to hold off the charge of Sebastien Buemi and claim the first Formula E win for the DS Virgin alliance. ...

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21 January 2016: Sam's first day at Ferrari

Read about Sam's arrival at the iconic Ferrari HQ in Maranello here. (PDF file, opens in new window.)...

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7 January 2016: Sam joins Ferrari

Ferrari have announced the signing of reigning LMP2 world champion Sam Bird to join their assault on the World Endurance Championship. The 28-year-old Briton had previously raced the Ferrari 458 Italia twice in the 2014 for AF Corse, securing a class podium on his debut at Silverstone and class pole position at the 24 Ho...

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22 November 2015: Sam wins LMP2 World Endurance Championship title with Bahrain victory

Sam Bird and his G-Drive Racing team-mates Roman Rusinov and Julien Canal are the WEC LMP2 world champions after earning their fourth win of the year in the season-ending Six Hours of Bahrain. A hard-fought battle with their main championship rivals, the #47 KCMG Oreca, saw the trio bring home their #26 Onroak Automo...

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7 November 2015: Sam secures first podium of the season for DS Virgin Racing

Sam Bird secured a dramatic first podium of the season for DS Virgin Racing at a chaotic Putrajaya E-Prix, storming through the field to seize second place. Sam's first win last season came at the Malaysian street circuit and he was again fast in free practice as FIA Formula E made its 2015 return. However, a challe...

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2 November 2015: Another podium and valuable points for Sam in Shanghai

A dramatic Six Hours of Shanghai saw Sam and the #26 G-Drive Racing Ligier JS P2-Nissan team survive the challenging wet-to-dry conditions and earn a battling second place to increase their lead in the FIA World Endurance Championship LMP2 standings. After back-to-back victories, a third consecutive win eluded Sam and te...

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12 October 2015: Sam cements endurance reputation with championship lead and Toyota test announcement

A rain-soaked Fuji Speedway saw Sam Bird and his G-Drive Racing team-mates Roman Rusinov and Julien Canal earn pole position and victory in their class. The win was the second in a row for the trio, who have now finished first or second in class at all bar one of the season's races, and it moved the #26 car into the FIA ...

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19 September 2015: Scintillating Sam fires G-Drive Racing to victory in Texas

G-Drive Racing's twin Ligier JS P2 machines took their FIA World Endurance Championship challenge to Austin, Texas, for the Six Hours of Circuit of the Americas - and brought home a victory for Sam and his colleagues in the #26 car. Sam, Roman Rusinov and Julien Canal took LMP2 pole position and victory around the 3.427-...

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30 August 2015: Nurburgring podium for Sam in WEC

Sam and his G-Drive team-mates Roman Rusinov and Julien Canal earned another LMP2 podium as the World Endurance Championship returned from its summer break with the Six Hours of Nürburgring. Sam brought the #26 car home in second place, ahead of the other G-Drive car, ensuring that both remain in touch with the...

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9 August 2015: Sam returns to DS Virgin Racing to build on electrifying first Formula E season

DS Virgin Racing have confirmed that Sam Bird will return to race for the team in the second FIA Formula E season, after a début campaign that saw him win two races and challenge for the title. He will be partnered in the garage by French ex-F1 driver Jean-Eric Vergne. Sam, who represented the Virgin Racing tea...

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28 June 2015: Sam takes victory in Formula E's London finale

Virgin Racing driver Sam Bird delighted the British crowds with a champagne performance as the inaugural Formula E championship came to a thrilling end in London's Battersea Park. A display of aggressive driving saw Sam work his way from fourth place on the grid to the top step on the podium, his second win of the season...

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15 June 2015: Sam earns LMP2 podium at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for G-Drive Racing

A consistently skilful performance across the whole of the gruelling 24 Hours of Le Mans saw Sam and his team-mates Roman Rusinov and Julien Canal rewarded with third place in the LMP2 category of the classic race. They brought home the #26 G-Drive Racing Ligier JS P2 several laps ahead of their colleagues in the #28 car...

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12 April 2015:  Sam leads G-Drive Racing to victory at Silverstone

It was a one-two finish for G-Drive Racing at the 6 Hours of Silverstone, a first for the Russian team in the FIA WEC, with Sam leading the way in the #26 Ligier JS P2 to take the chequered flag a full lap ahead of the sister #28 machine in second place. Starting on the front row of the LM P2 grid, the G-Drive cars brief...

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5 February 2015: Sam Joins G-Drive Racing for Assault on 2015 WEC LMP2 Title

G-Drive Racing have confirmed today that they have signed Sam Bird for the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship season. Sam will join forces with Russian driver, Roman Rusinov, with G-Drive for the fourth consecutive year and Frenchman Julien Canal, back with the team for a second season. The team, who narrowly missed ou...

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22 November 2014: Sam powers to dominant victory in Putrajaya ePrix

Virgin Racing Driver moves to second in championship 22nd November 2014 Sam Bird has taken victory in the second round of the 2014-15 Formula E Championship after a flawless performance around the streets of Putrajaya, Malaysia. Paying tribute to his team, he said: "The guys at Virgin Racing did an amazing job...

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15 September 2014: Sam flies high with Birds Nest podium as FIA Formula E launches in Beijing

Virgin Racing scored 15 race points today as Sam Bird finished in 3rd place and Jaime Alguersuari finished 11th in the FIA Formula E Championship opening race in Beijing.   British driver Sam Bird started in eleventh place on the grid having qualified with a time of 1:42:918 and quickly moved up four places.   ...

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13 May 2014: Sam Bird and Jaime Alguersuari aiming to spark success for Virgin

Virgin Racing Formula E team announces its 2014 driver line up Virgin announced today that Sam Bird and Jaime Alguersuari will join the Virgin Racing Formula E Team to drive for the 2014 Formula E Championship season. The competitive line up reflects Virgin's desire to create a winning team in the first season of Formula...

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21 April 2014: Sam Lands Silverstone Podium for AF Corse Ferrari on WEC Debut

Sam Bird made an immediate impact on the World Endurance Championship on his Series debut at Silverstone, as he combined with Michele Rugolo to secure the Am class pole on Saturday by a margin of 0.991 to the second placed Aston Martin of Pedro Lamy. In Sunday’s race, with Australian gentleman driver Steve Wyatt ...

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28 March 2014: Sam gets Le Mans 24 Hours seat with AF Corse Ferrari

Sportscar newcomer and ex-Mercedes Formula 1 reserve Sam Bird will join the AF Corse Ferrari team at the Le Mans 24 Hours in June. The Briton, who is contesting the four United SportsCar Championship enduros with the Starworks Prototype Challenge team this year, will race a GTE Am class Ferrari 458 Italia at Le Mans and ...

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26 January 2014: Daytona pacesetter Sam shows his endurance

Having already turned heads at the Roar Before The 24 test three weeks ago, by setting a new Daytona Speedway track record on his sports car debut, Sam Bird was back at the wheel of the #8 Starworks Motorsport Prototype Challenge car for his first ever endurance race this weekend in the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The Briton wa...

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6 January 2014: Sam sets Daytona record on sports car debut

It was a weekend of firsts for Sam as he took part in the collective Tudor United Sports Car Championship test with Starworks Motorsports at the legendary Daytona International Speedway, Florida. First time racing in the United States; first time driving a prototype sports car. However the young Briton took to the ne...

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23 December 2013: Sam to Race at Daytona

Sam Bird has signed a deal with Starworks Motorsport to compete in three endurance races of the 2014 United Sports Car Championship. The GP2 Series runner-up will race at Daytona in January, as well as at Sebring and Petit Le Mans later in the year, in the LMPC category. “I am very pleased to have confirmed this t...

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2 December 2013: Sam awarded Graham Hill Trophy

Sam has been awarded the Graham Hill Trophy at the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) Annual Awards today. The Trophy is awarded for the 'Most Meritorious Performance by a British Driver in Single-Seater Racing' and was given to Sam in recognition of his achievements in GP2 Series this season. Sam finished runner-up ...

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4 November 2013: Sam awarded Pirelli Trophy

This year's Pirelli Trophy winner is Sam Bird, the GP2 Series Vice-Champion, who took five wins for Russian Time and is also a reserve driver for Mercedes in Formula One. The Pirelli Trophy, which rewards the GP2 driver judged to have made the best use of his tyres throughout the season, was presented to Bird by Pirelli'...

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23 September 2013: Another win for Sam as title showdown looms

Fifth win of the season in Singapore keeps Sam firmly in the GP2 title hunt Sam took a dominant lights-to-flag victory in Singapore on Sunday, in a race that he controlled throughout. But the win was built on a battling performance in Saturday's race one, where he earned the reverse grid pole for Sunday despite being ...

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9 September 2013: Pole, podium, points aplenty and P2 in title race

Another dominant GP2 weekend for Sam in Monza Autodromo de Monza, Italy: another iconic circuit, following Spa Francorchamps two weeks ago, another pole position for Sam and for a long while, it looked as if a fifth race win of the year was inevitable. However, a reluctant right rear wheel during the compulsory tyre ...

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26 August 2013: Spa success for Sam

Sam added Spa Francorchamps to his 2013 CV of success with a pole position and victory that keep him right in the hunt for the championship. The victory at the circuit makes the RUSSIAN TIME racer the only four-time winner so far this GP2 season, adding another historic circuit to a tally that also includes wins at Silve...

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23 July 2013: Sam dominates F1 fan poll

A poll among readers of an independent motorsport website has seen Sam streets ahead of the opposition as the up-and-coming driver they'd most like to see racing in Formula One next year. The Crash.net poll asked fans to vote among many of the drivers either currently working as testers and reserves for an F1 team, or wh...

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1 July 2013: Sam reigns supreme at Silverstone

Sam's GP2 championship challenge marches on following a superb victory in the Silverstone feature race while his title rivals faltered. Just as at Monaco in the previous round, the Brit followed his 2012 World Series by Renault win with another triumph - this time leading home a double podium for his team RUSSIAN TIME, m...

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27 May 2013: Sam triumphs in Monaco again

A year after his Monaco victory in World Series by Renault, Sam has yet again triumphed in the Principality by romping to a stunning win in the GP2 feature race, taking the chequered flag a full 22 seconds ahead of his nearest pursuer. "First and foremost, this was a great victory for RUSSIAN TIME and I am delighted...

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22 April 2013: Bahrain triumph as Sam takes debut win for RUSSIAN TIME

Sam Bird showed his speed and determination at Bahrain's Sakhir Circuit to earn new GP2 team RUSSIAN TIME a maiden victory with a near lights to flag win. After thrilling the crowds with a sensational start to the feature race, threading his way through weaving cars to leap from ninth to third by the first corner, he was...

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19 March 2013: Russian Time calls Sam back to GP2

RUSSIAN TIME have announced today that Sam Bird will join their team for the 2013 GP2 Series campaign. Sam, whose GP2 career records one win, eight podium finishes, two pole positions and seven fastest laps, will partner Tom Dillmann at the new team. RUSSIAN TIME Team Principal Igor Mazepa commented: "I am pleased t...

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17 March 2013: Sam tops bill at Mercedes F1 demo event in Malaysia

Demo action for Sam in Malaysia. ...

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25 October 2012: No regrets

So, as I fly off to India for the first time to resume my duties with MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS, I can reflect on the final round of the World Series by Renault championship and on my race season in its entirety. After swapping the lead of the drivers' championship all season with Jules (Bianchi) and Robin (Frijns), I arrive...

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1 October 2012: Sam upbeat after hard fought Paul Ricard podium

“Another difficult weekend for us”, reflected Sam after the penultimate weekend of the 2012 World Renault by Series Championship. “Our car was quick in dry conditions but really not good in the wet. To be honest, the podium finish flatters us a little as our package was not competitive but I’m pl...

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16 September 2012: I.S.R team boss hails 'exceptional' Sam

The owner and team principal of World Series by Renault team I.S.R was full of praise for his driver after the Briton managed to secure points finishes in both races including a fourth place today, on a weekend when his car was blighted by technical issues. Igor Salaquarda said: "This weekend was a very difficult on...

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26 August 2012: Sam takes gold at Silverstone 2012

Sam continued the summer of outstanding success for British sport on home soil, as he took victory at Silverstone today in the latest round of the World Series by Renault Championship. The I.S.R man’s weekend had started in challenging fashion when his newly-replaced engine caught fire during qualifying, but he s...

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3 June 2012: Sam storms to fifth place from back of the grid

Having dominated proceedings at Monaco last weekend and led the way from the first turn of wheel all the way to the chequered flag, Sam was presented with the diametrically opposite challenge this weekend on the circuit of Spa Francorchamps, for the third round of the 2012 World Series by Renault Championship: what could he...

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27 May 2012: Dream weekend for Sam in Monaco

Sam Bird (I.S.R.) denied his opponents even a sniff of success in the streets of Monaco, leading the weekend’s proceedings from free practice to chequered flag. The Mercedes AMG F1 Team driver claimed victory in the principality ahead of Jules Bianchi (Tech 1 Racing) and Alexander Rossi (Arden Caterham), and finis...

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6 May 2012: Sam lands second place finish on maiden World Series weekend

Sam's World Series by Renault campaign got off to a promising start at Motorland, Spain, as he scored his first podium on his debut in World Series by Renault. "I have to be reasonably satisfied with the overall weekend because it's fair to say that we struggled a little with our set-up here. Having said that, while...

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16 April 2012:  Sam's interviews with Sky and the BBC

Sam's work with the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula 1 Team put him right on the spot in China when Nico Rosberg took the Silver Arrows' first win since the days of Fangio. Here he is being interviewed for the Sky F1 HD channel after the race, as celebrations fill the team's garage, explaining how the victory was earned and w...

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24 February 2012: Sam to drive in World Series by Renault with ISR

GP2 race winner Sam Bird will join front-running World Series by Renault team ISR for an assault on the 2012 championship title. Sam will also continue his duties with the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team in Brackley and during the Formula One race weekends. Team ISR have recent history with Formula One reserve dr...

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17 November 2011: Abu Dhabi young driver test day three

Date:Thursday 17 November 2011 Track:Yas Marina Circuit Driver:Sam Bird No of Laps:104 laps Best Lap Time:1:40.897 Kms Covered:578 kms Track Length:5.554 kms Weather:Sunny The third and final day of the Young Driver Test took place in Abu Dhabi today, with Sam Bird rounding off the test programme for MERCEDES GP PETRONAS...

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22 May 2011: Sam retains championship lead with third consecutive podium

Sam continued his strong start to the 2011 campaign with his third podium on the trot at this weekend's GP2 Series round in Barcelona. With concerns over tyre wear the main talk of the paddock, Sam and iSport took the bold decision to use free practice as a heavy fuel race run while the other teams went for a quick lap t...

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9 May 2011: Sam takes GP2 series lead after double podium

Sam Bird made a strong start to his 2011 campaign with two podium finishes at Istanbul Park during this weekend’s GP2 Series opener. Qualifying saw a tight duel between Sam and former F1 driver Romain Grosjean, with the Frenchman edging the Brit for pole position by a mere 8/100ths of a second. The rest of the fiel...

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13 January 2011: Sam joins iSport for 2011 GP2 Series

Norfolk-based GP2 team iSport international announced their driver line-up for the 2011 Asia and European series in front of a packed house at the Autosport show in Birmingham on Thursday. The exciting team line-up, which principal Paul Jackson hopes "will push us to the front of the grid once again", is comple...

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17 November 2010: Abu Dhabi young driver test

Date: Wednesday 17 November 2010 Track: Yas Marina Circuit Driver: Sam Bird No of Laps: 82 laps Best Lap Time: 1:39.220 Kilometres Covered: 455 km Track Length: 5.554 kms Weather: Hot and sunny The Young Driver Test concluded in Abu Dhabi today with GP2 racer Sam Bird continuing his driving responsibilities for ...

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29 October 2010: Sam to drive for Mercedes GP Petronas at Young Driver test

Mercedes GP Petronas: Brackley/Stuttgart Mercedes GP Petronas is pleased to confirm that Sam Bird will drive for the team at the Young Driver test days to be held at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 November. British racer Sam, 23, drives for ART and will be competing in the final GP2...

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12 September 2010: Sam powers to crushing victory at Monza

Sam's 2010 Monza GP2 Series results sheet reads: front row qualifying, feature race win, feature race fastest lap, sprint race podium and sprint race fastest lap... The British rookie dominated the meet, notching up a total of 16 points over the course of the event, a 2010 record. In fact, he narrowly missed out on an ad...

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2 August 2010: Sam takes pole at the Hungaroring

Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Sam Bird ART 1m27.864s 2. Davide Valsecchi iSport 1m27.907s + 0.043s 3. Oliver Turvey iSport 1m27.976s + 0.112s 4. Pastor Maldonado Rapax 1m28.134s + 0.270s 5....

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25 July 2010: Sam charges forward at Hockenheim

Sam produced another impressive display of sheer racing ability yesterday as he charged forward from 14th on the grid to finish fifth. The gauntlet had been thrown down the previous day when he was given a drive-through penalty - somewhat harshly according to some observers - for contact with another driver while fightin...

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28 June 2010: Valencia: A podium and a box full of neutrals

Sam secured his second consecutive GP2 feature race podium with another impressive drive on his first-ever visit to the streets of Valencia. In Sunday’s feature race however, he suffered from a gearbox problem and was forced to start from pit lane. “I was unable to select first gear for the start of the fo...

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21 June 2010: Sam to drive 1974 McLaren and 2010 Williams at Festival of Speed

Sam will have a busy Festival of Speed as he drives two Formula One cars from two very different eras up the famous Goodwood hillclimb. Firstly the young Brit, who currently tops the rookie standings in GP2, will be at the wheel of the Marlboro McLaren M23 with which Emerson Fittipaldi won the Formula One Drivers’ ...

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30 May 2010: Sam scores Istanbul feature race podium

Sam continued to impress in his rookie GP2 season with a podium finish in the feature race at Istanbul Park, Turkey. Having qualified fifth on the grid, the young Briton made a good start and immediately overtook iSport's Oliver Turvey for fourth place on the inside of turn 1.   After a handful of laps, race leade...

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17 May 2010: Sam proves his point in Monaco

For Sam Bird, a GP2 and Monaco rookie, the weekend had started well with impressive pace in qualifying. During the feature race, however, when the young Brit was challenging his team mate for 4th position, a disastrous pit stop by his otherwise excellent team put an end to his hopes of silverware. Starting from a lowly 1...

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9 May 2010: Bird rewrites Barcelona overtaking manual

It is generally accepted in motor racing circles that “you can’t overtake in Barcelona” but it would seem that Sam Bird never received that particular memo… Over the course of both of this weekend’s races, in his first ever GP2 Main Series event, the young Briton produced a driving display ...

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14 March 2010: Sam lands first GP2 podium

Sam Bird secured his first GP2 podium today at the Sakhir circuit, Bahrain, with an impressive performance that saw him control second place from lights to flag. This came on the back of a very strong performance of a different kind yesterday, when Sam, having suffered with a serious clutch issue off the line, slipped do...

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28 February 2010: Bird battles back in Bahrain

Sam Bird showed impressive skill and determination to clinch a hard-earned fourth place in Saturday’s GP2 Asia race in Bahrain. Starting a lowly 13th on the grid after suffering from serious tyre degradation the previous day, the ART GP driver had to take evasive action off the start in order to avoid getting caugh...

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30 November 2009: Sam joins ART Grand Prix for 2010 GP2 Season

Reigning GP2 Champions ART Grand Prix have completed their 2010 driver line-up by signing Britain’s Sam Bird to partner Jules Bianchi. Following some impressive performances with the French team during his maiden GP2 event in Abu Dhabi, including a front row grid slot in qualifying and a fastest lap, as well as scorin...

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22 November 2009: Bird flies to Macau podium

Sam took a superb third place in the Macau Grand Prix today, after an impressive drive on the legendary Guia Circuit. Having had to settle for 7th place in Saturday’s qualification race, after suffering a clutch issue at the start, which severely compromised the performance of his car throughout the race, the Noble...

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2 November 2009: Sam Bird Impresses with “Big Performance” in Abu Dhabi

ART boss Frédéric Vasseur: “Sam put in a big performance with ART this weekend. He did an excellent job in qualifying to secure front row on the grid for the feature race and even took the lead off the start. However, his race, and ultimately his entire weekend, was spoilt by a terminal brake disc issue,...

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17 October 2009: Sam steps up to GP2 with ART

Sam will be joining reigning GP2 Champions ART Grand Prix in their bid to secure the GP2 Asia title. In a move that will see him become an integral part of ART’s end-of-year endeavours, Sam will be taking part in the pre-season test in Abu Dhabi next week, before his maiden GP2 race on the Abu Dhabi F1 weekend (31s...

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14 September 2009:  Sam swoops to second place in British F3 return

Sam made a successful return to the British F3 series today, claiming a second place finish at Portimao, Algarve. The MSA Race Elite Ambassador showed excellent pace all weekend on the new Portuguese track, which now features on the GP2 calendar and is set to become one of the preferred Formula One test circuits. Drivin...

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6 September 2009: Brands Doesn’t Love Me Back!

“I love Brands but it seems Brands doesn't love me back!” was the way that Sam ironically summarised his F3 Euro Series weekend, during Sunday’s press conference, after the young Briton came third in Sunday’s race. “I don’t know whether to cry or laugh”, he added with a pained sm...

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19 July 2009: Battling Bird scores second place in Zandvoort

Sam Bird showed typical grit and determination this weekend to score a second place finish in today’s Formula 3 Euro Series race at Zandvoort, Netherlands. Sam’s weekend began in the worst possible fashion during Friday afternoon’s qualifying session. Just as he was lining himself up for his first fast ...

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10 July 2009: An honour and a privilege says Sam

Sam enjoyed a weekend to remember at the Goodwood Festival of Speed (July 3/4/5), when he took part in the celebrations for Sir Frank Williams’ 40 years in motor racing. On Saturday Sam drove the FW18, the 1996 championship-winning car which he handed over to its original driver, Damon Hill, on Sunday. Later that d...

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1 July 2009: Sam Set to Fly Williams F1 Flag at Goodwood

British racing driver Sam Bird will drive for Williams F1 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on July 3rd, 4th and 5th. Sam, who currently lies second in the F3 Euro Series, already conducts aero testing duties for the Grove-based Formula One team and will be on the famous Goodwood track in the World Championship winning F...

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1 June 2009: Sam’s Lausitzring Superiority Reaps Second Podium

When free practice began on the second weekend of the 2009 F3 Euro Series, Sam had never set foot at the Lausitzring, unlike many of his opponents who had either tested or raced there in the past. Yet, at the end of the session on Friday evening, the Celebfilms.co.uk sponsored driver had topped the time sheets, showing that...

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17 May 2009: Sam Sets the Pace in Euro Series Opener

On the opening weekend of the 2009 F3 Euro Series in Hockenheim, Sam has established himself as the driver with the pace and, undoubtedly, one of the men to beat for the Championship Title. As early as Friday morning, the Celebfilms.co.uk sponsored driver stated his intent by setting the third fastest lap of the pre-even...

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22 December 2008: Sam leads the way forCJ Motorsport at Wembley Stadium

Sam Bird led Team CJ Motorsport to triumph at the “Daytona 24 Hours” karting race on Wembley’s Race of Champions track over the weekend. Sam was joined in the team by fellow CJ Drivers Franck Perera, Borja Garcia and Bruce Jouanny, as well as CJ Motorsport Directors Serge Celebidachi and James Olivier, ...

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11 December 2008: Sam joins forces with Mücke Motorsport

Sam has chosen to join forces with Mücke Motorsport for a joint assault on the 2009 Formula 3 Euro Series title. Sam follows in the footsteps of Robert Kubica, Sebastian Vettel and Sébastien Buemi, all of who enjoyed success in the F3 Euro Series with Mücke before going on to secure roles in Formula One....

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18 November 2008: Blistering Birdm Gets Shot Down in Full Flight

17th November 2008 Photographs by Clément Marin Sam’s 2008 Macau campaign was a masterful display of skill, patience and, when it mattered, blistering pace. Sadly, the young Briton’s bid for final victory ended on the approach to Mandarin Bend on the opening lap or the Grand Prix race, as Roberto Strei...

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12 November 2008: SAM FLIES NOBLE GROUP FLAG IN MACAU

Sam will enter the Macau Grand Prix this weekend courtesy of The Noble Group, the global raw materials supply chain manager . The company is based in Hong Kong and is a familiar face at the Macau Grand Prix.   The prestigious race enters its 55th year with a highly competitive F3 field from around the world, includi...

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7 October 2008: BIRD FLIES HIGH YET AGAIN

Sam Bird stood on the second step of the podium for the second consecutive race meeting, at the F3 Euroseries event held on the Bugatti Circuit, Le Mans, France. Having qualified in 4th slot, the BP Ultimate Driver made an excellent start, immediately slotting into 3rd position. Sam then piled pressure on second place ma...

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28 September 2008: SAM BIRD EARNS HIS WINGS IN FIRST GP2 TEST

Sam Bird undertook a day and a half test with the DAMS GP2 team in the first test for the new season at Paul Ricard in France on Thursday and Friday. He was quickly on the pace and finished the first morning in fifth place and top rookie of the session. On Friday morning, he ended up fourth, behind previous race winners Kob...

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24 September 2008: SAM SOARS TO SECOND PLACE IN BARCELONA

Sam  enjoyed his best result of the season so far at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, thanks to a dominant display throughout the weekend, culminating in a 2nd place finish in the feature race. The BP Ultimate Driver had superb pace from the very first practice sessi...

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12 August 2008: SAM FLIES TO MAGNIFICENT 7TH

Sam proved his racecraft once again, battling from a lowly 22nd on the grid up to 7th at the chequered flag in the prestigious F3 Masters race at Zolder, Belgium. In the pre-qualifying session, the BP Ultimate driver found himself struggling with a defective set of tyres. With nearly forty runners, the sessions were div...

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15 July 2008: BIRD BACK IN BUSINESS WITH FIRST F3 EUROSERIES PODIUM

A radical change in the set up of his car finally enabled Sam Bird to show his real qualifying pace at the legendary Zandvoort circuit this weekend. Starting fourth on the grid in race one, the BP Ultimate driver drove a strong race to finish on the podium following Hulkenberg's disqualification. "We’ve worked long and...

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3 June 2008: Faultless Bird Stopped in Full Flight

Racing on the streets of Pau is tricky at the best of times but in the torrential rain that fell throughout the weekend the third round of the 2008 F3 Euro Series was surely one of the most eventful and chaotic ever witnessed. In race one on Saturday, while most of the F3 Euro Series competitors (including most of th...

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5 May 2008: F3 Euro Series, Rd.2, Mugello: Flying Bird pays heavy price for qualifying

Another new track, another good practice session, but another qualifying setback beset Sam in his second round of F3 Euro Series at Mugello. On arrival at the picturesque Tuscan circuit, the rain was falling heavily. In the first day's practice the BP Ultimate Driver was quickest in the rain and 7th overall, and feeling ...

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14 April 2008: Battling Bird proves point in Euroseries debut

Sam’s first F3 Euroseries race turned out to be a true test of his racing skills and mental fortitude but the BP Ultimate Driver rose to the challenge, as he has done so often in the past, and came through in splendid fashion. Having topped the time sheets in pre-season practice sessions, the CJ Motorsport managed driver...

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10 January 2008: Happy New Year

“I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported me and followed my progress in 2007. I’m really looking forward to this year, a new team and a new challenge in the F3 Euroseries with Manor Motorsport” Sam has kept busy since the end of h...

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