Bird to make Shanghai comeback after successful operation

Sam Bird will return to McLaren this weekend for the opening Shanghai E-Prix after missing the last three races due to injury.

The Formula E veteran suffered an accident during training at the end of last month and underwent surgery on his left hand.

The accident occurred during the run-off in St Devot, as the Briton kept his hands on the steering wheel when he collided with the barrier.

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

Remarkably, three weeks after surgery, the British driver is ready to return to the Shanghai International Circuit.

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

“Sam has shown admirable dedication to his recovery and, following a successful surgery, has been able to complete his normal simulation sessions.

“As a result, Sam and the team are confident that he is ready to race in Shanghai. We look forward to seeing Sam back on track.”

Barnard returns to the bench

This means reserve driver Taylor Barnard will return to the sidelines, having replaced Bird since his accident in first practice at the Monaco circuit.

In his three races – the Monaco and Berlin double-headers – Barnard has impressed on the track after scoring points in both races in the German capital.

Even in Monaco, the 19-year-old settled into the intense competition admirably 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 ever scorer in the series.


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