McLaren’s Sam Bird has been ruled out of the Monaco EPrix after sustaining a hand injury during FP1.

The Brit went off at Turn 1 and damaged the right-front suspension and was seen clutching his wrist after the crash.

Taylor Bernard will replace the 37-year-old for the remainder of the Monaco EPrix.

McLaren’s statement read: “The NEOM McLaren Formula E Team can confirm that Sam Bird will not be participating for the remainder of the Monaco E-Prix. Following his on-track incident, there are signs of a potential hand injury, which needs further medical attention. 

Sam will be going to the hospital for an X-ray to help clarify the nature of the injury. As a result, and pending approval from the FIA, Taylor Barnard will be stepping in for Sam for the remainder of the event, driving the #8 car for the NEOM McLaren Formula E Team

The team are already preparing the #8 car ready in time for FP2 following the damage. Further updates will be provided via the team when these become available.

McLaren will now have to find a new rookie driver for the Berlin Rookie Test.