Sam Bird switches to FR3.5 with ISR

Sam Bird will switch from GP2 to Formula Renault 3.5 for 2012, joining frontrunning team ISR

Sam Bird switches to FR3.5 with ISR

The Briton, who finished sixth in GP2 last year, moves to the team which took current Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo to two victories in 2011.

"I'm extremely pleased about this opportunity to drive for ISR in World Series by Renault," said Bird, who retains his links to the Mercedes Formula 1 team as well for this season.

"World Series is a great championship in which numerous Formula 1 drivers have shone in the past, and this year's field seems to be particularly competitive.

"ISR have a proven track record and I am really looking forward to joining forces with them."

Team boss Igor Salaquarda hopes that a line-up of Bird and Jake Rosenzweig will help land ISR its first title in the Renault-backed category.

"I am very happy to have Sam in my team," he said. "He has experience of both Formula 1 and GP2 and I feel confident that his talent will help us on the way to more success.

"We will do our maximum to prepare the best cars and dearly hope to win our first World Series by Renault championship."

American Jake Rosenzweig, who raced for Mofaz in the series last year, will be Bird's team-mate.

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