Anthony-Davidson.png Davidson.gif Full Name Anthony Denis Davidson
Nationality British
Born 18 April 1975, Hemel Hempstead (GBR)
Died
Website Official Website
Twitter @antdavidson
Instagram
First Grand Prix 2002 Hungarian Grand Prix Last Grand Prix 2008 Spanish Grand Prix
Grands Prix 24 Non-starts 0
Wins 0 Podiums 0
Best Finish 11th (x3) Points 0
Fastest Laps 0 Best Qualifying 11th (x2)
Retirements 10 Laps Led 0

Career Highlights

1999 British Formula Ford Winter Series, Haywood Racing Preparations, 1st overall
2000 British Formula Ford, Haywood Racing, 14 races, 3 wins, 3rd overall
  Formula Ford Festival World Cup, Haywood Racing, 1st overall
2001 British Formula 3, Carlin Motorsport, 26 races, 6 wins, 2nd overall
  European Formula 3 Cup Series, Carlin Motorsport, 4 races, 2 wins, 1st overall
  Masters of Formula 3, Carlin Motorsport, 3rd overall
2001-5 Formula 1, British American Racing, Test Driver
2002 Formula 1, Minardi Asiatech PS02, 2 races, 0 points, Not Classified
2005 Formula 1, BAR Honda 007, 1 race, 0 points, Not Classified
2006 Formula 1, Honda Racing, Test Driver
2007 Formula 1, Super Aguri Honda SA07, 17 races, 0 points, Not Classified
2008 Formula 1, Super Aguri Honda SA08, 4 races, 0 points, Not Classified
  Formula 1, Honda Racing, Test Driver
2009 Formula 1, Brawn GP Mercedes, Test Driver
2011 Le Mans 24 Hours, Peugeot Sport Total 908, 4th overall with Alexander Wurz and Marc Gené
2011-2 Formula 1, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team, Test Driver
2013 FIA WEC, Toyota Racing TS030 Hybrid LMP1, 8 races, 1 win, 4 podiums, 106.25 points, 3rd overall
  Le Mans 24 Hours, Toyota TS030 Hybrid LMP1, 3rd overall with Sébastien Buemi & Stéphane Sarrazin
2014 FIA WEC, Toyota Racing TS040 Hybrind LMP1-H, 8 races, 4 wins, 7 podiums, 166 points, 1st overall
Le Mans 24 Hours, Toyota TS040 Hybrid LMP1-H, 3rd overall with Sébastien Buemi & Nicolas Lapierre

 

Anthony Davidson, 2008 Bahrain Grand Prix

Biography

Considered one of Britain’s next big F1 prospects, Davidson’s stop-start F1 career never gave him the platform to truly demonstrate his skills in top-level open-wheel racing, although he has subsequently gone on to achieve World Championship title success in endurance racing.

He was signed by the BAR team in 2000 when he was fresh out of Formula Ford, he won that year’s McLaren BRDC Young Driver of the Year at the AUTOSPORT Awards, earning himself a seat with Carlin Motorsport in the British F3 championship.

Despite claiming six wins, he was beaten to the British crown by teammate Takuma Sato, and suffered a fractured vertebra in his neck when he crashed at the season-ending Macau Formula 3 event.

He joined BAR’s test driver line-up in 2002, and earned a surprise call-up to the Minardi team for the Hungarian and Belgian Grands Prix in place of Alex Yoong, who had been ‘rested’ by the team. Lacking race fitness, he spun out of both events.

His performances were not enough to earn him a race seat in 2003 or 2004, and he remained on the sidelines with BAR. He finally earned a call-up with the team at the 2005 Malaysian Grand Prix as the stand-in for the indisposed Sato, but his race lasted just a handful of laps before his Honda engine blew.

His continued service with the Honda-powered team finally saw him rewarded with a full-time F1 drive in 2007, admittedly for the engine-maker’s second outfit, Super Aguri. Partnered again with Sato, the team’s lack of funding meant that he was rarely given equal equipment, but he performed solidly given the hand he was dealt. He remained with the team for the 2008 season, but it collapsed after four races when its funding ran out and his F1 racing career was finished.

Davidson made a successful switch to endurance racing with Peugeot’s factory squad, but lost out when the French carmaker quit its motorsport programme at the start of 2012. He immediately signed to Toyota’s new Le Mans programme, but broke his back at that year’s Le Mans race and had to sit out the rest of the season while he recovered.

Back for a full season in 2013, he and co-driver Sébastien Buemi helped the Japanese marque claim the 2014 WEC title. A win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans still remains out of reach at this stage.

Extremely articulate, Davidson has also proven himself to be a capable performer in the commentary box, firstly with BBC 5 Live and now he’s a member of SKY Sports’ F1 broadcast team.

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