Anthony Davidson ( born April 18, 1979 in Hemel Hempstead, England ) is a British racing driver. He took part in the Formula 1 World Championship between 2002 and 2008. After the withdrawal of his last team Super Aguri F1 during the 2008 season, Davidson has worked as a test driver, among others at Brawn GP and as a commentator in the British radio station Radio 5 Live.
- 2.1 Statistics in Formula 1 2.1.1 Individual Results
Davidson began in 1994 in the British Junior Kart Champion with motorsport. This was followed by 1999 a number of successes in national and international karting series in Europe and Asia. In the winter of the same year he participated successfully in the winter series of the British Formula Ford Championship. To switch for a further year at the junior formula in the British and European Formula 3 Championship. Where he was the season in his home country as a runner and the European counterpart drove out the championship. At the end of 2000 he won the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award.
In parallel, Davidson received in 2001 a contract as a test driver for the former BAR- Honda team, where he remained until the takeover by Honda in the 2006 season under contract. However, in 2002 the opportunity arose to ride two Grand Prix for Minardi team. The Italian team, he replaced the hitherto propelled Alex Yoong, but finished neither of the two championship runs. BAR team boss David Richards, who also was chairman of the company Prodrive, Davidson allowed in 2003 in addition to his job as a test driver also participate in the 24 - hour race at Le Mans in a prepared by Prodrive Ferrari 550 Maranello GTS. However, the car with Davidson, Darren Turner and Kelvin Burt prematurely retired with a technical defect. He was also reported before and after the race at Le Mans in four championship races of the American Le Mans Series. Three of the races ended Davidson with changing driver pairings on the podium of the GTS category. With the introduction of the Friday driver in Formula 1, whose role Davidson took over in the 2004 Formula 1 season, he could collect on various Formula 1 racetracks experience. At the Grand Prix of Malaysia in the following year became ill regular driver Takuma Satō, Davidson took over the vehicle, but his third Formula 1 race had to end early due to a technical defect.
Honda, which had the British racing team BAR now completely integrated and extended the contract of Davidson in 2006. Besides the role as a test and Friday driver Davidson took over the radio station BBC Radio 5 Live 's role as a commentator. In 2007, Davidson was the second cockpit at Super Aguri alongside his former team-mate Takuma BAR Satō. In 2008, he started the season for the Japanese team that yet already after four races his withdrawal from Formula 1 announced. Davidson was reintroduced as a test driver in the series of Honda and was 2009 reserve driver for Brawn GP.
Sports car racing
He also ran again in 2009 in which, led by Prodrive 's factory team Aston Martin, the 24 - hour race at Le Mans. In the Lola - Aston Martin LMP1 with Jos Verstappen and Darren Turner, he finished the race in 13th place overall. A month later he took part in the 24- hour race at Spa-Francorchamps. There he piloted for the Nissan works team a Nissan GT -R with Turner and Michael Krumm. As Le Mans, he finished the championship round of the FIA GT Championship in 13th place overall. In February 2010 it was announced that Davidson had signed a contract with Peugeot. He then started in the 12 Hours of Sebring race, which he won on the diesel prototype Peugeot 908 HDi FAP together with Marc Gené and Alexander Wurz. He is also scheduled for other inserts at the 1000 km of Spa -Francorchamps Le Mans Series and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
- 2001 runner-up British Formula 3