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Place of Birth: Roehampton, England
Lives: England
Interests: Music and fitness
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Biography

For three seasons in a row Sam Bird has gone into the final round of the series with a slim mathematical chance of winning the championship that ultimately didn't come to pass.

Alongside Sebastien Buemi and Lucas di Grassi, Bird is one of just three drivers to have a won a race in each of the three Formula E seasons to date, with a superb double win in New York the highlight of his Season 3 campaign.

Bird appeared on the karting scene in 2002. 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 eventually finished as championship runner-up that year. 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.

In 2013, Bird competed in GP2 where he narrowly missed out on the championship with Russian Time.

In addition to racing in Formula E in 2017, Bird was part of Ferrari's World Endurance Championship squad with AF Corse.

 

Career overview

2014 - present - FIA Formula E Championship, DS Virgin Racing, 3 wins

2013 – GP2, RUSSIAN TIME, 5 wins

2012 – Formula Renault 3.5, ISR, 2 wins

2010-11 – GP2, ART, iSport, 1 win

2007-09 – Formula 3, Carlin, Manor, Mucke, 2 wins

2006 – Formula Renault UK, Fortec, 6 wins

2004-05 – Formula BMW UK – Carlin, Fortec, 6 wins

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