Sam Bird appeared on the karting scene in 2002, racing competitively in events across the UK and Europe and subsequently won a scholarship to race in the inaugural season of Formula BMW in 2004 with Carlin Motorsport. He ended the year with three wins and finished runner-up in the rookie standings. Sam remained in Formula BMW for a second season and finished as championship runner-up.
After a number of seasons progressing through Formula Renault and Formula 3 with multiple race victories, Sam held testing duties for Williams F1. He eventually joined forces with Mercedes F1 for the Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi and was named as their Reserve Driver for the 2011 season. Sam competed in World Series by Renault in 2011 and the following year in GP2, he secured the teams’ title for new team Russian Time.
During the 2012 season, Sam continued with the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team helping in team testing and went on to achieve third place in the World Series by Renault with I.S.R Championship. In 2013, Sam was the named the Reserve Driver for the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team. Sam also attained five wins and six podium finishes for team Russian Time in the GP2 series.
In the 2014/15 season, Sam accomplished a podium finish in the FIA World Endurance Championship with AF Corse Ferrari, and during the Tudor United Sports Car Championships, broke the Lap Record during the Daytona 24 Hours. During the same season Sam participated in the FIA Formula E Championship with Virgin Racing where he achieved two wins, including a home win at the London ePrix, finishing fifth in the championship overall. Bird is racing for DS Virgin Racing for a third season in the 2016/2017 championship. In his second season Sam continued to impress by gaining more pole positions on the grid than any other driver, one which lead to a spectacular win in Buenos Aires.
It’s always exciting going into a new championship. We’re going into Season 3 better prepared than we’ve been before, and with better equipment than we’ve ever had previously, so I feel confident as a result that we’re entering into this new start fully race ready.