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British youngster Sam Bird tests for Williams 06 Nov 2007

Sam Bird (GBR), Carlin Motorsport Dallara Mercedes British Formula 3 Championship, Rd7, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, 27-28 July 2007. World © Sutton Kazuki Nakajima (JPN) Williams FW29.
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Brazilian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, 19 October 2007

British F3 driver Sam Bird has enjoyed his first taste of Formula One power after testing for Williams. Bird conducted a series of aerodynamic evaluations over two weeks at the Kemble airfield in the UK and drove the team’s 2007 car, the FW29.

“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,” said the 20 year-old on his official website. “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.”

“Sam Bird has been very valuable during the course of our aerodynamic testing in the past two weeks,” added team principal Frank Williams. “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.”

Bird was recently presented with the British F3 rookie of the year award, after enjoying a successful debut season, in which he scored two wins and a further eight podium finishes.