Sam Bird successfully operated on, Taylor Barnard will continue his interim with McLaren in Berlin

Injured following an accident in Monaco, Sam Bird underwent successful surgery but will be too tight to ride in Berlin. He will be replaced again by Taylor Barnard.

Published on 02/05/2024 à 19:23

Jeremy Satis

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Sam Bird successfully operated on, Taylor Barnard will continue his interim with McLaren in Berlin

Taylor Barnard will continue to replace Sam Bird in Berlin. © McLaren

Having made a mistake at the Sainte-Dévote corner last weekend during the first free practice session of the Monaco E-Prix, the driver McLaren Sam Bird had to withdraw from the rest of the weekend, leaving his wheel to the team's reserve and development driver, Briton Taylor Barnard. The latter had a serious race with a final 14th place in the Principality.

His interim period will continue during the next Berlin E-Prix (May 11-12), since the holder Sam Bird will not be handed over in time. “McLaren is pleased to confirm that Sam Bird has successfully undergone surgery on his left hand, following his injury sustained during last weekend's Monaco E-Prix, we learned in the press release. The positive outcome of the medical procedure means that Sam and the team can now look forward to a speedy recovery and a return to competition soon.” 

The team also specified that Taylor Barnard would fill in for one more weekend. “Due to the nature of the injury, the team will use Taylor Barnard as driver for the Berlin E-Prix, driving the team's No. 8 car during the event. As the team's reserve and development driver, he will temporarily replace Sam Bird while the latter works towards his full recovery.

Ian James, the team principal of the team, praised the work done by Barnard in Monaco. “Taylor did an outstanding job during his last-minute call-up to Monaco, as did the team, who provided him with valuable support and advice throughout the race. He will now be able to draw on this experience, while Sam works on his recovery, with the full support of the team. As for Sam Bird, we hope that his convalescence will be short, and that McLaren will be more supportive than it was in IndyCar with David Malukas…

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