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Formula E

Bird to make Shanghai comeback after successful operation

Sam Bird has missed the last three races through injury after crashing in practice at the Monaco E-Prix.

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Sam Bird will return for McLaren this weekend at the inaugural Shanghai E-Prix after missing the last three races through injury. 

The Formula E veteran crashed during practice at the end of last month and underwent surgery on his left hand. 

His accident took place in the run-off at Sainte Devote, with the Briton having kept both hands on the steering wheel as he hit the barrier. 

As a result, a bone in his left hand broke after his steering wheel snapped – it was the same bone he broke at the Season 9 finale in London last summer.

Remarkably, three weeks on from his operation, the British driver is ready to return at the Shanghai International Circuit. 

“We’re very pleased to have Sam back in the car for the Shanghai E-Prix," said team principal Ian James. 

"Sam has shown an impressive dedication to his recovery and, after a successful operation, he has been able to complete his normal simulator sessions. 

"As a result, both Sam and the team are confident he is fighting fit for the race in Shanghai. We are looking forward to seeing Sam back on track.”

Barnard back on the bench

It means reserve driver Taylor Barnard will be back on the sidelines, having replaced Bird since his accident in first practice at the Circuit de Monaco. 

In his three races – Monaco and the Berlin double-header – Barnard has massively impressed the paddock after scoring points in both races in the German capital. 

Even in Monaco, the 19-year-old settled into the intense format superbly and finished 14th on his debut. In fact, by making his debut in Monaco, Barnard became the youngest Formula E driver in the history of the all-electric series. 

Unsurprisingly, his points in Berlin also made him the youngest point scorer the series has ever had.


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