GP2 race-winner and Mercedes GP young driver tester Sam Bird has signed to race for 2007 GP2 Series champions iSport next season.
Bird drove for the ART team in 2010, earning his maiden victory in Monza and pushing Ferrari protégée Jules Bianchi hard throughout the season. The Brit was not retained by the French outfit for 2011 but was instantly in demand among rival teams, and has now sorted a drive with regular contenders iSport. The British team ran Timo Glock to the GP2 title in 2007.
“I’m really excited,” said Bird, speaking at the Autosport International Show in Birmingham. “It’s the right move at the right time in my second year of GP2. I think iSport has the engineering expertise to push me hard and I have a team-mate to push me hard.
“I think we’re ready for a title push now. Last year was a great year, but I need to go a few steps better this year and I’m definitely with the right people to do that.”
Bird will be joined at the team by Swede Marcus Ericsson, the 2009 Japanese F3 champion, who endured a tough rookie season in GP2 last year. The youngster did take a race win but generally struggled in the F1 feeder series. However Ross Brawn is known to rate him highly and much will be expected of both him and Bird in 2011.
Sam had a long chat with Badger ahead of his inaugural GP2 campaign last year – read more on that here.