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20 October 2008
Training in Italy
Hi guys, Just got back from Italy where I was training with Formula Medicine.

23 September 2008
A nice big trophy
Hi guys, just got back from Barcelona and for the first time in a while, I was s

3 September 2008
Friends and fans at Brands Hatch
(photos by Clément Marin)   As the race weekend at Brands Hatch lo

12 May 2008
Busy schedule
When you look at my racing diary, there seem to be a lot of gaps, plenty of spar

7 May 2008
Watch the Birdie
It’s 1989, and the Bird family is settling down to watch the Grand Prix. F

5 May 2008
Flying Bird pays heavy price for qualifying
Another new track, another good practice session, but another qualifying setback

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 h

12 April 2008
Sam's interview with Radio London


8 April 2008
Hockenheim is coming up
Hello and welcome back to my weblog. I am so looking forward to start racing aga

25 March 2008
Bird tops time tables at Estoril
Sam Bird has recorded the fastest time over the two day F3 Euroseries test at Es

20 March 2008
BRDC launches superstars initiative, supporting young British drivers
On Thursday 20 March the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) launched its

10 January 2008
Sam opens Silverstone BP service station
Best of all, he opened BP’s first service station to sell only its BP Ulti

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

21 November 2007
Sam top of the class in Macau
Sam capped off his maiden Macau weekend in style, finishing 6th in the Grand Pri

19 November 2007
Bird soars ten places in Macau qualifying race
(photos: Clement Marin) BP Ultimate driver Sam Bird flew through the pack from 1

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 W

18 October 2007
Sam presented with rookie prize
The British International Formula 3 series came to a glittering conclusion on Sa

1 October 2007
listen to Press conference from Rockingham


27 September 2007
What I've been doing since Croft
Although we haven’t had a race meeting for three weeks, I’ve been re

17 September 2007
Listen to the radio interview of Sam Bird on BBC radio


10 September 2007
Interview with Sam from Croft
Listen to the interview between Sam Bird and journalist Stella Ma

28 August 2007
Bird suffers a weekend to forget at Thruxton!
Sam Bird, (20, Claygate) endured a torrid time at Thruxton today, Sunday August

14 August 2007
Sam scores valuable points at Silverstone
Photos Jakob EbreySam secured two sixth place finishes today at Silverstone, in

30 July 2007
My first Spa experience
We set off for Spa last Wednesday, cramped in the back of the family car, took a

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

1 July 2007
Hi, I¡¯m Sam Bird
Welcome to my weblog. I thought I’d tell you a bit about myself. I’m

Sam Bird

Sunday 1 July 2007

Hi, I¡¯m Sam Bird

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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 with toys with wheels! I wanted to go karting as soon as possible, but was quite short and couldn’t reach the pedals at first. When I was ten and tall enough to fit into a kart, I started racing and progressed through the karting categories both in the UK and Europe, went on to win a scholarship to compete in the first ever Formula BMW UK championship (2nd, rookie cup), then the full championship (2nd) and Formula Renault (4th).

And now here I am in British Formula 3, thanks to my management team and of course BP Ultimate. British Formula 3 is the most competitive national series and I’m just loving it. Have a look at my car and the technical details and you’ll see what I mean, the driving experience is awesome and learning how to get the best out of it is thrilling, you learn something new on every outing. Working with my Carlin Motorsport engineers is a great experience, they really know their stuff and are teaching me a lot about aero, set-up, use of tyres, etc.

When I’m not racing, I’m in the gym or working as a driver coach for Carlin’s young BMW/Renault drivers, or enjoying a game of golf. I also enjoy listening to music and seeing my friends.

I’m going to try and do a weekly blog to keep you in touch with what I am doing and hope to get some feedback from you to know what you like to read about.

Bye for now

Sam