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Bird lands first GP2 podium

Sam Bird finally threw off the bad luck that had dogged his GP2 Asia campaign to end the season with second place in Bahrain.
Sam Bird secured his first GP2 Series podium with an impressive performance that saw him control second place from lights to flag in the 2009-10 Asia Series finale in Bahrain.

The result came on the back of a strong performance of a different kind in race one, when the Briton, having suffered with a serious clutch issue off the line, slipped down to 20th before fighting his way back up to finish sixth.

Bird had knocked on the door of GP2 honours at his very first GP2 event, in Abu Dhabi late last year, with a front row qualifying result and a fastest lap of the race but a brake failure had robbed him of silverware, making the Bahrain result all the more welcome. This time, he was not to be denied, putting in a faultless drive, once again securing the fastest lap of the race, to finish his campaign in style.

“I'm slightly disappointed that I couldn't quite go for the win today, but a podium finish is satisfactory," the ART Grand Prix said, "My pace was on a par and, at times, faster than [winner Giacomo] Ricci's, but I didn't quite have enough rubber left at the end to make a move.”

After a late surge following his early season woes, Bird finished seventh in the championship, ahead of much-vaunted team-mate Jules Bianchi.

“As I have always said,” he concluded, “it's all about preparing for the main GP2 Series. This has been an ideal testing and learning ground for the forthcoming European season and I feel I have really gelled with the team. I want to say a big thank you to everyone at ART, as they gave me a great car today and have given me awesome support throughout this Asia Series. I'm looking forward to continuing working with them and I believe we can achieve great things together.“

The main GP2 Series kicks off in Barcelona on the weekend of 9 May, supporting the first European F1 event of the season.


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Sam Bird - ART Grand Prix   [pic credit: Clement Marin]
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Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) crosses the line at the end of race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates in parc ferme after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates with team mate Stephane Richelmi (MON, DAMS) celebrates after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates with his father Jonathan after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Race winner Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & runner-up Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) celebrate with champagne after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) sprays champagne on the podium after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
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Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing) heads to the podium after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing) on the podium after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing) on the podium after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)

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