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7 January 2016: Sam joins Ferrari

Ferrari have announced the signing of reigning LMP2 world champion Sam Bird to join their assault on the World Endurance Championship. The 28-year-old Briton had previously raced the Ferrari 458 Italia twice in the 2014 for AF Corse, securing a class podium on his debut at Silverstone and class pole position at the 24 Ho...

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21 January 2016: Sam's first day at Ferrari

Read about Sam's arrival at the iconic Ferrari HQ in Maranello here. (PDF file, opens in new window.)...

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7 February 2016: Brilliant Bird claims first season victory for DS Virgin Racing

Skill, patience and excellent team management combine to give DS Virgin Racing their first win of the season after just four races. And it was all done in incredible fashion. Sam Bird produced a brilliant performance to hold off the charge of Sebastien Buemi and claim the first Formula E win for the DS Virgin alliance. ...

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17 April 2016: Home win for Sam on Ferrari pro debut

Sam Bird wrote another memorable chapter in his Silverstone story of success by taking pole position and victory on his debut as a Ferrari factory driver in the FIA World Endurance Championship. Partnering Davide Rigon in the #71 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE, Sam helped the team to a dominant weekend in the 6hrs of Silversto...

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9 May 2016: Sam and Ferrari on top in WEC GTE Pro

Sam Bird and his AF Corse team-mate Davide Rigon continued their perfect start to the World Endurance Championship by earning GTE Pro pole position and victory at Spa. The WEC 6hrs of Spa was Sam's fifth pole position and third victory in his six races so far in 2016 as he combines his sports car duties with competing ...

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25 July 2016: Ferrari one-two at the 6 Hours of Nurburgring

Sam Bird and the AF Corse Ferrari team wiped out the disappointment of a difficult 24hrs of Le Mans by storming to the top of the GTE-Pro podium as the World Endurance Championship reached Germany. A rain-hit qualifying session for the Six Hours of Nurburgring left Sam and Davide Rigon near the back of the field, but a...

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19 September 2016: Double GTE Pro podium for AF Corse Ferrari 488s at Austin

Round six of the FIA World Endurance Championship saw Sam Bird and his AF Corse team-mates secure second and third in the GTE Pro class at the Circuit of the Americas. Car reliability, driver performance and team strategy all played their part in maintaining the Ferrari challenge, particularly during two full-course ye...

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12 November 2016: Sam earns season's first podium for DS Virgin Racing in Morocco

Sam Bird stormed to second place in Marrakech to bring home DS Virgin Racing's first points of the FIA Formula E season. After the disappointment of the season opener in Hong Kong, where Sam led before being felled by technical issues, the 29-year-old Brit and his team targeted the formidable Moroccan street circuit fo...

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21 November 2016: Triple championship victory for Ferrari at WEC finale

Ferrari maintained its tradition of World Endurance Championship achievement by earning three titles at the season-ending Six Hours of Bahrain, with Sam Bird contributing a podium to the celebrations. Ferrari's triple success included the GT Manufacturers' Cup, where their win was boosted by Sam and his team-mate Davide ...

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