Sam Bird out of Monaco E-Prix due to injury

Sam Bird is out of the Monaco E-Prix due to a hand injury

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British driver Taylor Barnard has replaced Sam Bird at the 2024 Monaco E-Prix after the McLaren driver sustained an injury in Free Practice 1. 

FP1 came to an early end for Bird after he locked up going into Turn 1, making contact with the barriers. McLaren confirmed shortly before the start of FP2 that Bird would no longer be participating in the remainder of the race weekend. 

The team’s reserve driver, 19-year-old Barnard, stepped in to replace Bird and finished last in the second practice session as he got to grips with the iconic Monaco Circuit in the Gen3 car.

Bird was taken to hospital following the incident, where scans revealed that the Brit had suffered a broken bone in his left hand. Bird will receive treatment for the injury upon his return to the UK.

Who is Taylor Barnard?

Barnard was confirmed as McLaren Formula E Team’s reserve and development driver in January, following the Brit’s time with the team during pre-season testing in Valencia.

Alongside his reserve driver duties, Barnard currently competes in the Formula 2 championship, racing for PHM AIX Motorsport. The 2024 season marks Barnard‘s debut year in Formula 2, having made the jump from Formula 3.

Barnard enjoyed a successful F3 season in 2023 with Jenzer Motorsport, claiming 10th in the Driver’s Championship and taking victory at the Feature Race in Spa.

Jasmine Hughes
Jasmine Hughes
Experienced in digital content creation, Jasmine Hughes has written for a number of online publications, joining Total Motorsport in 2024. She previously served as FormulaNerds' Formula E Editor, leading coverage of the 2023 Formula E season. She has been watching Formula 1 since the age of 4, after falling in love with Fernando Alonso's blue-yellow Renault R25.
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