British F3 International Series race winner Sam Bird has had his first taste of Formula 1 machinery after joining the Williams team for a series of aerodynamic tests.

The 20-year-old, who finished fourth in the standings in his debut F3 campaign while driving for Carlin, took part in a series of tests over a two week period at Kemble airfield in Gloucestershire, with Bird at the wheel of the FW29 that carried Williams to fourth in the constructors' championship.

"The experience was amazing and I would like to say a huge thank you to Sir Frank Williams and the whole team for giving me the opportunity," Bird reflected. "This has been a very valuable experience; I have learned a lot in the last two weeks which I am sure will stand me in good stead for my future."

Team owner Sir Frank Williams said that he was pleased with the work carried out by Bird over the course of the fortnight and said the youngster had impressed in the way he had gone about his work.

"Sam Bird has been very valuable during the course of our aerodynamic testing in the past two weeks," he said. "He has carried out his duties in the cockpit of the FW29 professionally and competently and I would like to thank him for his contribution to the development programme."



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