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Bird drove in London Formula E race with broken hand

Bird suffered an incident in the beginning of the Sunday’s London race, but could complete the race – finishing within an eventual eighth position.

He received a post-race five-second penalty for causing a later collision with Porsche’s Pascal Wehrlein at Turn 16, but this didn’t affect his result because the Briton was well before Sergio Sette Camara in ninth.

However, a precautionary scan following the race has revealed that Bird suffered a fracture to his left hand, which he spent the entirety of the race with.

A statement from his Jaguar team revealed that Bird will be visiting an expert – where it’ll be decided if he is able to compete at the Seoul E-Prix.

“Soon after the race, Jaguar TCS Racings Sam Bird was taken up to hospital for precautionary checks on a personal injury sustained through the first lap in Round 14 in London,” read a statement from the team.

“Following an X-ray, he’s got sustained a displaced mid-shaft fracture on his left hand. Sam will dsicover a specialist as fast as possible to look for the best treatment.

“Sams participation in the upcoming Seoul E-Prix on 13 and 14 August will undoubtedly be assessed in the coming days.”

Sam Bird, Jaguar Racing

Sam Bird, Jaguar Racing

Photo by: Simon Galloway / Motorsport Images

If Bird cannot race, it might be likely that reserve driver Norman Nato would dominate driving duties in Korea.

Nato raced for Venturi last season, winning the final race of the growing season in Berlin – but was replaced because of this year by Lucas di Grassi.

Tom Dillmann also serves as a reserve driver for Jaguar, but has less recent racing experience in comparison to Nato.

Bird had retired from the opening race at the ExCeL on Saturday after an incident with Jean-Eric Vergne and Edoardo Mortara, where in fact the three drivers were squeezed together into Turn 2.

Mortara made connection with Bird doubly an outcome, leaving the latter in the wall and from the race with damage.

Bird’s team-mate Mitch Evans retired from Sunday’s race, reporting that the braking exhibited “strange behaviour” – and an electrical cycle cannot resolve the problem – leaving the Kiwi 36 points off championship leader Stoffel Vandoorne.

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