Michael Bartels Michael Bartels, 1991 German Grand Prix Michael Bartels

Full Name: Michael Bartels
Nationality: German
Born: 8 March 1968, Plettenberg (DEU)

First GP: 1991 German Grand Prix
Last GP: 1991 Spanish Grand Prix

Entries: 4 Grands Prix: 0 Non-starts: 4
Wins: 0 Podiums: 0 Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0 Points: 0 Retirements: 0

1986 German Formula Ford 1600 Championship, 1st overall
1990 FIA F3000, CoBRa Motorsports, 11 races, 1 point, 22nd overall
1991 FIA F3000, GA Motorsport / First Racing, 4 races, 0 points, Not Classified
  Formula 1, Lotus Judd 102B, 4 entries, 4 DNQs, 0 points, Not Classified
1992 FIA F3000, Crypton Engineering, 10 races, 4 podiums, 25 points, 4th overall
1993 FIA F3000, Pacific Racing, 7 races, 1 podium, 4 points, 11th overall
1994 DTM, Jägermeister Alfa Romeo 155Ti, 16 races, 1 podium, 23 points, 15th overall
1995 DTM, Euroteam Alfa Romeo 155Ti, 12 races, 2 wins, 47 points, 10th overall
1996 ITCC, Jägermeister Alfa Romeo 155Ti, 22 races, 16 points, 22nd overall
1997 Super Tourenwagen Cup, SMS Opel Vectra, 19 races, 263 points, 11th overall
1998 Super Tourenwagen Cup, Esso Peugeot 406, 8 races, 1 podium, 143 points, 19th overall
1999 Super Tourenwagen Cup, Phoenix Audi A4 Quattro, 20 races, 1 podium, 419 points, 7th overall
2000 DTM, Opel, 16 races, 2 podiums, 87 points, 7th overall
2001 DTM, Opel, 10 races, 8 points, 18th overall
2002 DTM, Opel, 10 races, 1 point, 18th overall
2003 V8Star Series, MB Racing, 3rd overall
2006, 2008-9 FIA GT Championship, Vitaphone Maserati, 1st overall
2010 FIA GT1, Vitaphone Racing Maserati, 20 races, 4 wins, 7 podiums, 138 points, 1st overall

Michael Bartels

The 1985 German karting champion, Bartels made his open-wheeler debut the following year and promptly won the German Formula Ford title. Formula 3 was next, and he won back-to-back crowns in 1988 and 1989 before graduating to Formula 3000 in 1990.

Bartels’ F3000 record wasn’t really that much to write home about, and so he was something of a surprise choice when drafted into substitute for Johnny Herbert over four rounds in the latter half of the 1991 Formula 1 season. While Bartel’s performances certainly didn’t set the world alight, the presence of then-girlfriend, tennis ace Steffi Graf, attracted plenty of attention!

Making his F1 debut on home soil at Hockenheim, Bartels finished 28th-fastest in qualifying, missing the qualifying cut by just two-tenths of a second, and less than a second off team-mate Mika Häkkinen’s pace. He was again around a second off the Finn’s pace at the next round in Hungary, although this time he was 30th-fastest to Häkkinen’s 26th-best effort.

Another DNQ came his way at Monza, and his final appearance came at Barcelona, where he was a mammoth 2.7 seconds slower than Häkkinen.

He returned to Formula 3000 in 1992 – finishing fourth overall – before moving to the DTM in 1994, where he stayed until the series wound down in 1996, and he moved to the Super Tourenwagen series until DTM was kick-started again in 2000, the same year he won the 24 Hours Nürburgring.

Bartels won the endurance classic the following year as well, while he dovetailed in the DTM until the end of 2002 before he moved into GT racing, where he has found his niche, winning the FIA GT title in 2006, 2008 and 2009 with Maserati, as well as winning the Spa 24 Hours in 2005, 2006 and 2008.

Bartels was the inaugural champion in the FIA GT1 Championship in 2010, taking five wins among his eight podium finishes. He has since stepped back and taken on a management role in his own team.

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