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Sam Bird
Sam Bird
Driver Details
Nationality Flag of the United Kingdom British
Date of Birth 09/01/1987[1]
Date of Death Unknown
Début 2014 Beijing ePrix
Championships 0
Wins 5
First Win 2014 Putrajaya ePrix
Former Teams Unknown
Formula E Career
Total Entries 31 (31 Starts)
Poles 4
Fastest Laps 4
Total Points 291
FanBoosts 4
Current Season
Team Virgin Racing
Number Standings Points
2 4th 100
 Sam Bird is a British racing driver, who competed for Virgin Racing in the inaugural 2014/15 FIA Formula E Championship.[1] Consistently competitive and unlucky, Bird began the season as a title contender, although his two wins (including at the season finale at his home race in London) were not enough to see him lift the title.

During the 2015/16 season, Bird remained a threat for the occasional victory, although the new VIRGIN DSV-01 proved to be too much of a handful.[2] A single victory that season came in Buenos Aires, with Bird retained at the end of the season.[3]

BackgroundEdit

Bird made his name in karting, before earning a scholarship drive after a successful début season in Formula BMW.[1] After a few seasons of racing in Formula Renault and Formula Three, Bird was rewarded with a test for Williams F1, ultimately becoming the main test driver for Mercedes GP at the young driver tests.[1] Bird has also competed in GP2 and the World Series by Renault.[1]

Formula E HistoryEdit

Virgin Racing announced that Bird and Jaime Alguersuari would be driving for them in Formula E in early 2014, the first driver pair to be announced.[1] Bird's start to the season was almost perfect, with a victory at the second ePrix of the season in Putrajaya.[4] A retirement in Punta del Este, along with a pitstop penalty in Buenos Aires cost Bird valuable points to take the lead in the championship, but he remained in contention for the title after Miami.[5]

His form then took a nose dive, as a mixture of misfortune and mistakes (both by Bird and Virgin Racing) saw him tumble to being one of the dark horses of the Championship. Solid points finishes in Monaco and Berlin were countered by retirements in Long Beach and Moscow. By the time Formula E rolled back into Britain, Bird was in an effective fight for fourth, but still retained hopes of the title.

He headed into the season ending double header in London needing a perfect result from both races, but fell short after a poor qualifying for the First London ePrix. Regardless, Bird battled with his nearest championship rival Nicolas Prost throughout the race, before ending the season perfectly the following afternoon. Sunday saw Bird qualify fourth, with the Brit also missing out on FanBoost at his home race.[6] Yet, Bird finally got the result he deserved all season, using a strategy that allowed him to push the leading cars hard in the second half of the race to win the Second Visa London ePrix, after Stéphane Sarrazin was penalised.[6]

Developmental DaysEdit

Bird and Jean-Éric Vergne were confirmed as the drivers for DS Virgin Racing in 2015/16, as the team built their first powertrain for the series.[7] The car featured two motors and was, by far, the heaviest car in the field, hampering the ability for Bird to throw the car around.[8] That said, Bird would claim second in Putrajaya, retire while leading Punta del Este, before taking pole and victory in Buenos Aires.[2]

Unfortunately for Bird, the rest of the season would not go to plan, as he recorded three sixth places on the trot, two from having started from pole. An eleventh place at the 2016 Berlin ePrix ended any hopes for Bird to win the Championship, and at the season finale in London, the Brit could only muster a seventh place finish.[9]

Season III: Promise Returns?Edit

Once again retained by DS Virgin, Bird was partnered with WTCC Champion José María López for season three, with both drivers taking part at the 2016 Donington Test.[3] Bird, with more experience in the Formula E car, which shared the same philosophy as the previous season, got more pace out of the car over the six days before the quartet of DS Virgins were shipped to Hong Kong for the season opener.

Full Formula E RecordEdit

Shown below are a series of tables outlining Sam Bird's career in Formula E in statistical form.

Formula E EntriesEdit

The list below includes all of the teams and cars, as well as overall finishing positions for Sam Bird during their FE career:

Sam Bird's Overall Formula E Record
Year Entrant No. Car Pos. Pts.
2014/15 Flag of the United Kingdom Virgin Racing 2 Spark-Renault SRT_01E 5th 113
2015/16 Flag of the United Kingdom DS Virgin Racing 2 VIRGIN DSV-01 4th 88
2016/17 Flag of the United Kingdom DS Virgin Racing 2 VIRGIN DSV-02

Career ResultsEdit

Below is a table showing Sam Bird's full Formula E record.

FIA Formula E Championship Record
Year Rounds Pos. Pts.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
2014/15 Flag of China Flag of Malaysia Flag of Uruguay Flag of Argentina Flag of the United States Flag of the United States Flag of Monaco Flag of Germany Flag of Russia Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the United Kingdom 5th 113
3rd 1st Ret 7th 8th Ret 4th 8th Ret 6th 1st
2015/16 Flag of China Flag of Malaysia Flag of Uruguay Flag of Argentina Flag of Mexico Flag of the United States Flag of France Flag of Germany Flag of Russia Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the United Kingdom 4th 88
7th 2nd Ret 1st 6th 6th 6th 11th CAN 7th Ret
2016/17 Flag of Hong Kong Flag of Morocco Flag of Argentina Flag of Mexico Flag of Monaco Flag of France Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of the United States Flag of the United States Flag of Canada Flag of Canada 4th 100
13th 2nd Ret 3rd Ret 16th 7th 7th 1st 1st

ReferencesEdit

Videos and Images:

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 'Driver's Club:Sam Bird', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/drivers-club/sam-bird.aspx, (Accessed 01/07/2015)
  2. 2.0 2.1 'Bird holds off Buemi for BA win', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 06/02/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/february/bird-holds-off-buemi-for-ba-win.aspx, (Accessed 22/03/2016)
  3. 3.0 3.1 'DS VIRGIN RACING CONFIRM NEW LINE UP FOR 2016/17 FORMULA E SEASON: JOSE MARIA LOPEZ TO PARTNER BRITISH DRIVER SAM BIRD', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 07/07/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/july/ds-virgin-racing-confirm-new-line-up-for-201617-fia-formula-e-season/, (Accessed 08/07/2016)
  4. 'Sam Bird seals victory in the Putrajaya ePrix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 22/11/2014), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2014/november/sam-bird-seals-victory-in-the-putrajaya-eprix.aspx (Accessed 01/07/2015)
  5. 'Prost powers to first Formula E win', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 14/03/2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/march/prost-powers-to-first-formula-e-win.aspx, (Accessed 27/04/2015)
  6. 6.0 6.1 'Bird hails ‘unbelievable’ end to season', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 28/06/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/june/bird-hails-unbelievable-end-to-season.aspx, (Accessed 01/07/2015)
  7. 'Jean-Eric Vergne moves to DS Virgin Racing', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 08/08/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/august/jean-eric-vergne-moves-to-ds-virgin-racing.aspx, (Accessed 08/08/2015)
  8. 'Buemi to the max in Beijing', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 24/10/2015),http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/october/buemi-wins-swusp-beijing-eprix.aspx, (Accessed 25/10/2015)
  9. 'BUEMI AND DI GRASSI CHARGE UP THE ORDER, BUT IT’S PROST WHO LEADS THE WAY', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 02/07/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/july/prost-wins-in-style-as-di-grassi-inches-closer-to-title/, (Accessed 03/07/2016)

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