GP2 Asia, Imola: double retirement for Sam Bird
By Andy Darley
Sunday, March 20th, 2011
Fastest in practice and only pipped to pole position in the dying seconds of qualifying, it looked like Imola was shaping up to be a good weekend for iSport’s Sam Bird. But that was before the racing began.
In the post-qualifying press conference he said: “Anything can happen in motorsport, everyone knows that. It’s going to be a long day tomorrow and a long day Sunday.”
And so it proved.
A poor start from the front row in the feature race saw him drop to eighth, where he settled down to battle with his team-mate Marcus Ericsson, ART’s Jules Bianchi and the two Arden cars. His race ended early when he was hit by Ericsson as the Swede recovered from an off-track excursion.
The retirement left him starting near the back in Sunday’s sprint race and he was sent into retirement by Super Nova’s Johnny Cecotto, the Venezuelan being given a post-race penalty for causing the accident.
Photos by Drew Gibson and Malcolm Griffiths, GP2 Media Service