Follow Sam on Instagram Follow Sam on Twitter Vote for Sam DS Virgin Racing Formula E Team Af Corse TamingtheApex.com

Sam's weblog (2007-08)

Sam Bird

20 October 2008: Training in Italy

Hi guys, Just got back from Italy where I was training with Formula Medicine. What a great week! I’ve trained hard in the past, but this week I had to really step it up as they put me through some really hard tests. I really enjoyed being pushed beyond my boundaries though. all of the coaches there are first class ...

Read more

Thumbnail for blogpost A nice big trophy

23 September 2008: A nice big trophy

Hi guys, just got back from Barcelona and for the first time in a while, I was smiling coming back from a race track. I flew back to Gatwick with a piece of hand luggage I didn’t have on the way out: a nice big trophy! Qualifying was ok, should have been better, but I landed up sixth, I was a bit unlucky coming acr...

Read more

Thumbnail for blogpost Friends and fans at Brands Hatch

3 September 2008: Friends and fans at Brands Hatch

(photos by Clément Marin)   As the race weekend at Brands Hatch loomed, I was really excited. This is a track I know very well, and I’ve won here before. It’s one of my favourite venues and I knew that there would be a lot of British people there backing me in my attempt to win my home race. Unfort...

Read more

Sam Bird

12 May 2008: Busy schedule

When you look at my racing diary, there seem to be a lot of gaps, plenty of spare time, but believe me, there don’t seem to be enough hours in a day or days in a week sometimes. Since I last raced at Mugello, I’ve had meetings with my management team and some sponsors, I’ve also been to the Caudwell Childr...

Read more

Thumbnail for blogpost Watch the Birdie

7 May 2008: Watch the Birdie

It’s 1989, and the Bird family is settling down to watch the Grand Prix. For two-year-old Sam, gazing up at the screen from his perch in front of the TV it’s the start of a lifelong fascination with, and dedication to, motorsport. ‘From my first sight of these super-fast cars zipping around the circuit, I ...

Read more

Thumbnail for blogpost Flying Bird pays heavy price for qualifying

5 May 2008: Flying Bird pays heavy price for qualifying

Another new track, another good practice session, but another qualifying setback beset Sam Bird in his second round of F3 Euro Series at Mugello. On arrival at the picturesque Tuscan circuit, the rain was falling heavily. In the first day’s practice the BP Ultimate Driver was quickest in the rain and 7th overall, an...

Read more

Thumbnail for blogpost

28 April 2008: "Well, just a week to go.."

Well, just a week to go till my next race in Mugello, looking forward to it. I haven’t been there before, but from experience, I know I can learn a track quite quickly and be competitive. The team and I are all in a good place. We work well together and I have every confidence in my car. Despite my qualifying woes in ...

Read more

Sam Bird

8 April 2008: Hockenheim is coming up

Hello and welcome back to my weblog. I am so looking forward to start racing again next weekend (April 12/13) at Hockenheim, the first of this year’s F3 Euroseries rounds. I’ve been to Hockenheim a couple of times and enjoy the track, so I’m hoping for a good start to the championship. My car is fully live...

Read more

Thumbnail for blogpost Bird tops time tables at Estoril

25 March 2008: Bird tops time tables at Estoril

Sam Bird has recorded the fastest time over the two day F3 Euroseries test at Estoril circuit, , a track he has never visited before. Having made the switch from the British F3 series, Bird has had a steep learning curve over the last week, testing a new car, on new tracks, with his new team, Manor Motorsport. “I knew...

Read more

Thumbnail for blogpost BRDC launches superstars initiative, supporting young British drivers

20 March 2008: BRDC launches superstars initiative, supporting young British drivers

On Thursday 20 March the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) launched its BRDC Superstars scheme, an exciting new initiative that will support and further the careers of young British racing drivers. Damon Hill OBE, president of the BRDC, was joined by former British Touring Car champion Tim Harvey, who will be direct...

Read more

Thumbnail for blogpost Sam opens Silverstone BP service station

10 January 2008: Sam opens Silverstone BP service station

Best of all, he opened BP’s first service station to sell only its BP Ultimate advanced fuels range inside the Silverstone racing circuit. Sam enjoyed driving the Porsche GT around the track, “entertaining” the journalists who attended the event. “The car was awesome” said Sam “I was not ...

Read more

Thumbnail for blogpost Bird to fly the flag in Europe

7 January 2008: Bird to fly the flag in Europe

Sam Bird will be competing in the Formula 3 Euro Series with Manor Motorsport in 2008. The 20 year old CJ Motorsport managed driver will enjoy continued support from BP Ultimate in his quest for European success. "I am absolutely thrilled" said Sam after signing the contract with Manor owner and Team Principal, ...

Read more

Thumbnail for blogpost Sam top of the class in Macau

21 November 2007: Sam top of the class in Macau

Sam capped off his maiden Macau weekend in style, finishing 6th in the Grand Prix race on Sunday. In what observers called "the most competitive Macau line-up for years", Sam was this year’s Top Rookie and also the leading driver from outside of Japanese F3 (the top five finishers having competed in the Far ...

Read more

Thumbnail for blogpost Bird soars ten places in Macau qualifying race

19 November 2007: Bird soars ten places in Macau qualifying race

(photos: Clement Marin) BP Ultimate driver Sam Bird flew through the pack from 15th on the grid to finish 5th in the first race in Macau today, Saturday. After a poor start in Thursday’s practice session, when he hit the barriers while learning the challenging circuit, the 20 year old rookie had little track time ahea...

Read more

Thumbnail for blogpost Bird enjoys first taste of Formula One

5 November 2007: Bird enjoys first taste of Formula One

Sam Bird has conducted a series of aerodynamic tests on behalf of the AT&T Williams F1 team. The tests were carried over a two week period at Kemble airfield in Gloucestershire, where Sam drove this season’s FW29 car. The AT&T Williams team was 4th in the 2007 F1 constructors’ championship. Sir Frank W...

Read more

Thumbnail for blogpost Sam presented with rookie prize

18 October 2007: Sam presented with rookie prize

The British International Formula 3 series came to a glittering conclusion on Saturday night at a hotel in London, when all the prizewinners from the current series were presented with their prizes. Hosted by Diana Binks, the glamorous F3 TV presenter, the awards got off to a great start when we watched the England Rugby te...

Read more

Thumbnail for blogpost What I've been doing since Croft

27 September 2007: What I've been doing since Croft

Although we haven’t had a race meeting for three weeks, I’ve been really busy. I spend a couple of hours most days at the gym, either with my personal trainer, Jamie, working on specific areas of the body, or doing weights or aerobic exercises. This is such an important part of my life as a racing driver. I know...

Read more

Sam Bird

10 September 2007: Interview with Sam from Croft

Listen to the interview between Sam Bird and journalist Stella Maria Thomas on Sunday the 9th of September at Croft Circuit, North Yorkshire, after the second race of the day....

Read more

Thumbnail for blogpost Bird suffers a weekend to forget at Thruxton!

28 August 2007: Bird suffers a weekend to forget at Thruxton!

Sam Bird, (20, Claygate) endured a torrid time at Thruxton today, Sunday August 26. His first qualifying session went reasonably, giving him grid slot 4, but in the second session, in searing heat, his tyres completely delaminated and recorded the hottest temperature Avon has ever seen, leaving him in 13th, an uncharacteris...

Read more

Thumbnail for blogpost Sam scores valuable points at Silverstone

14 August 2007: Sam scores valuable points at Silverstone

Photos Jakob EbreySam secured two sixth place finishes today at Silverstone, in what was essentially a damage limitation exercise.  From the very beginning of the weekend, Sam was not “at one” with his car.  “we suffered from snap oversteer in practice on Friday and although we made some changes ...

Read more

Thumbnail for blogpost My first Spa experience

30 July 2007: My first Spa experience

We set off for Spa last Wednesday, cramped in the back of the family car, took about 4 ½ hours by Eurotunnel and road. Many great drivers consider spa to be their favourite circuit, and now I can see why, after walking the track with my engineer. It’s 7 ½ kilometres long its fast, flowing and undulati...

Read more

Thumbnail for blogpost Listen to Sam about Brands Hatch circuit

6 July 2007: Listen to Sam about Brands Hatch circuit

Brands Hatch is a great venue, especially the Grand Prix circuit. It makes it a lot more interesting to be given the chance to race on the full GP track where there are some fantastic fast corners to challenge you as a driver. The first one you come to is Paddock Hill Bend, which feels exceptionally fast in a Formula 3 ca...

Read more

Thumbnail for blogpost Hi, I¡¯m Sam Bird

1 July 2007: Hi, I¡¯m Sam Bird

Welcome to my weblog. I thought I’d tell you a bit about myself. I’m 20, I live in Claygate, Surrey with my parents and younger brother Max. I also have a sister Zoey who is 30 and is a journalist and broadcaster. According to my mother, I have always wanted to race since I was very young and I always played...

Read more

News archives

  • All news from 2015
  • All news from 2014
  • All news from 2013
  • All news from 2012
  • All news from 2011
  • All news from 2010
  • All news from 2009
  • All news from 2008
  • Sam's weblog from 2007-08

Go to recent news

Visit the full news archive

Next race: 15 October 2017, 6hrs of Fuji

Season calendar