Sam Bird

Sam Bird
Sam Jamie Bird

Born: 9 January 1987 in Roehampton (England)
Twitter: @sambirdracing
F1 involvement: N/A

GP2 Series statistics

Seasons entered: 3
Races entered: 60
Races started: 59
Podiums: 14
Fastest laps: 8
Best qualifying result: 1st (x4)
Best feature race result: 1st (x4)
Best sprint race result: 1st (x2)
Best championship position: 2nd (2013)
Points: 274


2010 (ART)

Sam Bird 2010 GP2 Helmet - Left Side

Races entered: 20
Races started: 19
Podiums: 5
Fastest laps: 4
Best qualifying result: 1st (x1)
Best feature race result: 1st (x1)
Best sprint race result: 3rd (x1)
Championship position: 5th
Points: 48

After an average 2009 Formula 3 Euro Series season, Bird finished 3rd at the Macau Grand Prix driving for ART, team with which he made his GP2 début in late 2009 in the GP2 Asia season. He finished 7th with a podium and a fastest lap in the four-round calendar.

Bird was unlucky to miss out on reverse pole at his first weekend in the Main Series in Barcelona, as he finished 9th with the fastest lap; he still recovered to 4th place in the sprint race, though. Monaco brought his second fastest lap and Istanbul brought his first podium, 3rd in race 1, but only 10th in race 2, results he repeated at the following event in Valencia. His home round at Silverstone started with a 4th place but he did not start the sprint race due to an engine failure on the installation lap. Two more points came at the Hockenheimring, and his maiden pole at the Hungaroring. After failing to score at Spa-Francorchamps, Bird took his first win in the feature race in Monza, and finished 3rd in the sprint race, twice setting the fastest lap. He was third again in race 1 in Yas Marina but retired from the last race of the season which saw him achieve 5th place, whilst his team mate Jules Bianchi was 3rd, only four points ahead, with more consistent finishes but without a win to his name.

2011 (iSport)

Sam Bird 2011 GP2 Helmet - Right Side

Races entered: 18
Races started: 18
Podiums: 3
Fastest laps: 1
Best qualifying result: 1st (x1)
Best feature race result: 2nd (x1)
Best sprint race result: 3rd (x1)
Championship position: 6th
Points: 45

Bird moved to iSport for the 2011 Asia and Main Series seasons. Three retirements out of four races in the final GP2 Asia season only granted him 12th place, but his Main Series début saw an upturn in performance. 2nd and 3rd in Istanbul, then 3rd and 5th in Catalunya put him tied in first place after both rounds, and suggested him as a title contender. However, his team’s performances got worse during the season, and after a pole at Monaco he did not score in either race, then was 5th in the following two feature races in Valencia and Silverstone (where he finished 6th in the sprint race), 8th and on reverse pole at the Nurburgring (but he dropped out of the points on Sunday). Two points were the loot in Hungary and in Belgium, and he finished twice just below the podium at Monza. With two races less than in 2010, he was only three points behind his previous season’s tally, but lost one position in the standings. Because of the tight competition, apart from the dominating winner Romain Grosjean, he was only nine points from 2nd place, which went to Luca Filippi after a shoot-out with Bianchi, Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde. His team mate, Marcus Ericsson, was 10th on 25 points with two third places.

2013 (Russian Time)

Sam Bird 2013 GP2 Helmet - Right Side

Races entered: 22
Races started: 22
Podiums: 6
Fastest laps: 3
Best qualifying result: 1st (x2)
Best feature race result: 1st (x3)
Best sprint race result: 1st (x2)
Championship position: 2nd
Points: 181

After a sabbatical from GP2 which Bird spent in Formula Renault 3.5 – he finished 3rd, ten points behind Frijns and six behind Bianchi, scoring fifteen times out of seventeen – Bird returned to GP2 for newcomers Russian Time, who partnered the experienced British driver with semi-rookie Tom Dillmann (he’d driven half of 2012 for Rapax).

Bird set the fastest lap in his season début for the third consecutive year, and scored a seventh place. In Bahrain, he was 6th on Saturday and 1st, with the fastest lap, on Sunday. After retiring in Catalunya, he left the Spanish round with no extra points. Back at Monaco, he avoided the first-lap madness and won ahead of Kevin Ceccon, but finished 24th in the sprint race. He made up for that at Silverstone, where he won the feature race and then finished 5th in the sprint race. Only one point in Germany and two in Hungary put at risk his resurgence and his chance to become a title contender, but he won again at Spa, this time from pole, and finished 2ndwith pole and fastest lap – at Monza, behind Fabio Leimer. He was then fourth in race two, confirming his great feeling with the Italian temple of speed, and both his and Leimer’s good weekends, combined with Stefano Coletti‘s and Felipe Nasr‘s bad ones, allowed the former two two overtake the latter two in the standings. Leimer preceded Bird in the feature race in Singapore but the latter won the sprint race and the two went into the final round separated by seven points. After an aborted start, Bird stalled from P2 on the grid but managed to get going on the lead lap as the Safety Car intervened for an accident involving his team mate. Bird brilliantly recovered to 10th place, but Leimer’s 4th granted him the margin he needed to be crowned champion. A solid drive in race 2 saw him take 4th behind Leimer himself, thus granting Russian Time the teams’ title as both Carlin drivers hit trouble.

After GP2

Bird teamed up with Jaime Alguersuari at Virgin in the brand new Formula E, and immediately singled himself out as one of the fastest drivers in the series. He won two races in his first season, took one victory, three poles and a podium in his second and has so far scored a podium in his third year, all with Virgin.