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Bird returns to GP2 with Russian Time

ESPN Staff
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Sam Bird will make a return to the GP2 championship with Russian Time this year.

Bird last raced in the series in 2011 with iSport, which has now been bought and rebranded as Russian Time. He is a reserve driver with the Mercedes F1 team and last year race in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series.

"I am delighted to be joining Russian Time for the 2013 GP2 season and grateful to everybody involved, in particular Igor Mazepa, for choosing me for this exceptional opportunity. I look forward to working closely with the team and to helping them achieve their ambition of fighting for the team championship title."

Russian Time team principal Igor Mazepa added: "I am pleased to announce Sam Bird as our second driver for Russian Time. I think his experience - which includes a reserve driver role at Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team, and a strong winning attitude is exactly what we need at Russian Time to complete our extremely competitive line-up. As a team, we would like to give Sam our full support and expertise to help bring him at the top of the standings. I am sure that with the addition of Sam to our team, we will reach our goal which is ambitious as we are aiming at the 2013 title."

Bird's team-mate this year at Russian Time will be Tom Dillmann.