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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

Friday 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 car, especially with the added down force we have now. Braking slightly Paddock is taken in 6th gear at around 100mph.

The next corner is Druids, down through the gears to 2nd and it is a case of keeping the minimum speed up to get a good exit onto the next little straight down into Graham Hill. This bend can be quite hard because it is down hill braking and you have to turn in at exactly the right point. If you miss your turn in point it really does muck up your lap because you are then slow on to the Cooper Straight. So it is a case of really getting your apex at about 75mph in 3rd and getting a good exit.

Surtees is really, really vital as well as it leads onto the longest straight at Brands. Surtees is more of a late apex and like the previous one is taken in 3rd at around 75mph.

Up through the gears down the long straight to Hawthorns and this is where the circuit is really fast and flowing. Down to 130mph but taken in 6th, through Hawthorns into Westfield.

Westfield can be a dangerous corner because if you get this corner wrong it will bite you. The track is shaded, so if there has been a bit of rain, the water sits there for a lot longer and you don’t really notice it because the corner is blind and it’s fast, taken at around 100mph in 5th. Westfield has everything that makes for an awesome corner in the driver’s book, but get it wrong and you hit the barriers hard on the exit.

Then it’s down the dip, up the hill towards what was Dingle Dell and even though they’ve changed it, it is still a mega corner to drive. You use all of the kerb on the inside, the car is really loaded up on the left hand tyres and you use all of the track on the exit.

Next up is Stirling’s Bend. It looks like a 90 degree left on a piece of paper but there is so much camber there you can really fire the car into the corner, get on the throttle early and use a bit of the kerb on the exit.

Clearways changes now. Instead of being like it is on the Indy Circuit where you have to slow the car down to 3rd gear, this is more fast and flowing in 5th gear at 110mph. It’s more like the Parabolica at Monza, where you can carry a high minimum speed and getting on the throttle, following the white line on the outside all the way onto the pit straight to begin another lap.