Bird switches to World Series by Renault
24 February 2012 – Sam Bird will be making a move from GP2 to Formula Renault 3.5 for the 2012 season. The Englishman, reserve driver for the Mercedes F1 team, will therefore be able to enjoy more time with the Brackley squad on Grand Prix weekends, as GP2 races alongside Formula 1 and would have made for a more hectic schedule.
Bird will be competing with I.S.R. Racing, a front-runner and championship contender, alongside London-born - but American by nationality - Jake Rosenzweig.
“I am extremely pleased about this opportunity to drive for I.S.R. in the World Series by Renault,” says Bird, who hails from Roehampton and turned 25 in January. “The World Series is a great championship in which numerous Formula 1 drivers have shone in the past and this year’s field seems to be particularly competitive. I.S.R. have a proven track record and I am really looking forward to joining forces with them.”
In 2011, Bird finished sixth overall in GP2 with iSport, notching up ten top five finishes and celebrating podium results in the last three races of the year.