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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

Thursday 5 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 a lot of people can’t believe that driving a car requires fitness, believe me, it does! When you’re physically fit, the mental side improves as well, and you have to have split second alertness when driving at 150mph!

As well as the gym, I like to play golf, again for fitness, but also for relaxation and being sociable, it’s where I meet up with friends and colleagues. I spent an enjoyable day playing in Oxford with the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC), and won the prize for the best “Rising Star” of the day.

I also work as an instructor, and spent a busy day at Brands Hatch circuit in where I was teaching a group of people how to take the right lines around the track, and improve their general driving skills.

After a race meeting, it is always important to have a “debriefing” session with the team, so I go to Carlin, meet up with Mark, Michele and the rest of the team to look at data, talk about what was right or wrong with the previous weekend and how we can improve for the next race. We’ve had a test day at Rockingham, where the final round of the Formula 3 championship will take place this weekend, and I’m thrilled that we got it right and were P1 at the end of the afternoon session.

I’m off to Pembrey in now, to spend two days driver coaching for Carlin, with their young Formula BMW and Formula Renault drivers. After that, I will drive up to Rockingham in preparation for the weekend. It’s quite a long way, no wonder I do over 30,000 miles in a year!

Catch up after the race weekend.

Regards Sam