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F1Weekly podcast # 643

Sam Bird (RUSSIAN TIME) Singapore R2

Clark and Nasir talk about the Brazilian Grand Prix and the 2013 F1 season. Also special interview with Sam Bird.

Bird made his name in single seater racing in the Formula BMW category, coming fourteenth overall in his debut season and second in the rookie cup. He came runner up in 2005, which was only his second season in the category and also came fourth in the Formula BMW world final, the race itself was won by German Marco Holzer.

Formula Renault

For 2006, Bird entered the British Formula Renault series, where he won four races and came fourth in the championship, 111 points behind series champion Sebastian Hohenthal.

Formula Three

Bird on the Formula 3 Euro Series at the Hockenheimring (2009)

In 2007, Bird raced in the British Formula Three Championship with Carlin Motorsport, racing in a Mercedes powered Dallara. In March 2007, Bird secured sponsorship from BP, “The brand is already prominent in the World Rally Championship” Mark Reader, BP’s UK Fuels Marketing Manager, commented, “Sam’s an incredible prospect and we’re excited to be getting into a relationship at this stage of his career” he added. Bird was elected to the Motor Sports Association Race Elite Scheme in April 2007, along with 5 other drivers in various British series and also participated in a series of aerodynamic tests with the AT&T Williams F1 Team.

Bird moved to the Manor Motorsport and the Formula 3 Euro Series in 2008 and had a testing year, finishing eleventh in the championship with 23 points – 16 of which came from second places during Saturday races at Catalunya and Le Mans and only picked up points from three other races. For 2009, he joined McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner Alexander Sims, 2008 Mücke driver Christian Vietoris and 2008 Formula BMW Europe runner-up Marco Wittmann at Mücke Motorsport. He earned his first pole position and fastest laps, but failed to win a race en route to eighth in the championship.

GP2 Series

Bird missed the final round of the F3 Euroseries season to join up with the ART Grand Prix team for a GP2 Asia Series test at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. He raced in the 2009–10 season for the team, where he finished seventh in the series, with a second place in the final round.

Bird contested the 2010 GP2 Series with ART, having long coveted a drive with the French team. He was fast but frequently unlucky, losing several potential results due to technical issues, engine failures and collisions for which he was not at fault. However, he managed to claim his maiden series win at the first race at Monza, as well as claiming his third fastest lap of the season.

For 2011, Bird moved to the iSport International team alongside Marcus Ericsson. His GP2 Asia campaign resulted in three retirements from four races, but after a strong start to the main series season, he was second in the Drivers’ Championship after four rounds, with the same number of points as leader Romain Grosjean. After this point, however, he gradually slipped back in the standings and finished sixth overall at the end of the season.

Formula One

On 16 November 2010 he took part in the young drivers test in Abu Dhabi driving for Mercedes GP.



Sam Bird wins Monaco 2013

Bird is the word in Monaco!…
Sam Bird presented a masterclass of controlled aggression and verve to bring home a crushing race victory in this morning’s feature race in Monaco, with the Briton controlling the pace to come home easily ahead of Kevin Ceccon and Mitch Evans.
But the Briton had to work hard for the victory, no more so than at the start: poleman Johnny Cecotto had a slow start while teammate Evans made a great getaway to lead the field into Ste Devote, but the Venezuelan went too deep and hit the barriers, taking Fabio Leimer with him as cars piled up behind them.
The race was red flagged to allow the marshals to remove the debris, with the drivers who avoided the melee lined up in order on the front straight, with Bird surviving a hit from Ceccon (albeit needing a new rear wing on the second grid) to head up the hill in P2 behind Evans but in front of the Italian with Felipe Nasr, James Calado and Stéphane Richelmi behind them.
The race restarted behind the safety car for a lap before running live, with Bird on soft tyres pushing Evans hard on super softs all round the fabled circuit: as ever pitstop strategy was going to be crucial at the tight circuit, and when local hero Stefano Coletti came in on lap 7 the teams were all eyeing each other for signs of their plans.
Calado was in 2 laps later, staying ahead of Coletti, with Nasr in a lap later, but all eyes were on the top three: Ceccon came in on lap 11 with Evans and Bird pulling away from him, but the Briton was clearly faster and waiting to be released. His moment came two laps later when Evans pitted, emerging behind Ceccon after stopping for 4 tyres, and Bird was free.
The Briton ran qualifying laps for 3 tours before pitting, emerging easily in the lead and pulling away from his rivals at ease: no one else could touch his pace as Bird rolled home 22 seconds ahead of Ceccon, who stayed just ahead of the fierce battle for third, which Evans held from Nasr by just 0.2 seconds at the line, with Calado behind them in fifth. Coletti’s early stop saw his tyres drop off towards the end, but he brought it home P6 after a solid drive ahead of Rene Binder and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs, who stole tomorrow’s pole from local man Richelmi on the penultimate lap, with Daniel De Jong claiming the final point for tenth.
The win sees Bird move up to third in the championship standings on 58 points, behind Coletti on 103 and Nasr on 88 but ahead of Leimer on 54 points, Frijns on 37 and Calado on 34 ahead of the sprint race to be held tomorrow morning, handing his rivals one last chance at glory in Monaco.
Monte Carlo – Feature race
Sam Bird
Kevin Ceccon
Trident Racing
Mitch Evans
Arden International
Felipe Nasr
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
Stefano Coletti
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
MP Motorsport
Stéphane Richelmi
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
Tom Dillmann
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
Simon Trummer
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
Sergio Canamasas
EQ8 Caterham Racing
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
Not Classified
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
Jolyon Palmer
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
Robin Frijns
Hilmer Motorsport
Marcus Ericsson
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
Nathanaël Berthon
Trident Racing
Kevin Giovesi
Venezuela GP Lazarus
Fastest Lap : Sergio Canamasas (EQ8 Caterham Racing) – 1:22.169 on lap 29




Russian team gets entry for the Series in 2013
GP2 Series organisers are pleased to announce that RUSSIAN TIME have been allocated an entry for the 2013 season. Currently based in Germany, the squad becomes the first Russian team to join the thirteen team field in replacement of iSport International.
RUSSIAN TIME will run their GP2/11 cars this week at Circuit de Catalunya where the final official pre-season testing of the Series takes place on March 05-06-07.
GP2 Series CEO Bruno Michel said: “I am pleased to welcome RUSSIAN TIME to the GP2 Series. I am certain that they will be a great addition to our field. Igor Mazepa has already put in place a team of staff with some great GP2 experience which will help them be able to be on pace very quickly.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank iSport International and Paul Jackson for eight great seasons in GP2 and wish them all the best for the future.”
RUSSIAN TIME Team Principal Igor Mazepa added: “We’re very happy to be joining the GP2 Series. It is one of the most prestigious categories in motorsport and we cannot wait to start running with the car this week in Barcelona. We know that it will be a challenge to be quickly on par with the other teams, but we have managed to put together a group of people whose experience in GP2 will be invaluable and we are pretty confident that we will do a good job from the get-go. We’re looking forward to this first season and hope to add many more to it!”