Sam Bird appeared on the karting scene in 2002, racing competitively in events across the UK and Europe and subsequently winning a scholarship to race in the inaugural season of Formula BMW in 2004. He ended that year as runner-up in the rookie standings followed by second spot in the main championship the following year.
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 also competed in World Series by Renault in 2011 and the following year in GP2, he secured the teams’ title for new outfit Russian Time.
During the 2012 season, Sam continued with his Mercedes F1 testing duties and also went on to achieve third place in the World Series by Renault. In 2013, Sam was the named the Reserve Driver for the Mercedes F1 Team, as well as also competing in GP2, securing five wins and six podium finishes for team Russian Time.
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 made his debut in Formula E with Virgin Racing where he achieved two wins, including a home win at the London E-Prix, finishing fifth in the championship overall. In his second Formula E 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.
Season three again saw the Brit race for the team meaning he has competed in every one of the team’s race starts. Finishing fourth in the drivers’ standings, Sam – now in his fourth consecutive season – now boasts a career tally of six wins and 11 podiums to make him one of the all-time Formula E points scorer.
It’s great to be remaining with the DS Virgin Racing family which I’ve been a part of since the beginning. I’m looking forward to further success in season four and to be partnering with Alex who will no doubt prove to be a real asset to the team.