Christian Danner ( born April 4, 1958 in Munich ) is a former German racing driver and Formula 1 commentator of RTL Television. Among other things, he started in the 1980s to 36 races of the Formula 1 World Championship, in the 1990s launched Danner in the DTM. His father was the famous accident researcher Professor Max Danner.
Danner began his motorsport career in 1977 at the Renault 5 Cup and changed in the early 1980s in the Formula 2 On April 24, 1983, he secured the ADAC Eifel race the Formula 2 lap record on the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring. From 1985 started Danner in the newly created Formula 3000 Championship, where he won the overall title was the first driver. In addition, he participated three times in the 24- hour race at Le Mans, but could not achieve any success there.
Between 1985 and 1989 Danner started in Formula 1, but where he mostly had to compete with technically inferior car. In 36 starts, he reached in only 15 races the goal and won it a total of four championship points. 21 times difference Danner prematurely, even ten times he missed qualifying for the race. After his retirement from Formula 1 Danner participated in races in the U.S. IndyCar World Series and the DTM. He became the first German rider in history to win both could in Formula 1 as well as in the IndyCar championship points. In the DTM Danner won Between 1988 and 1996 five races and was a total of 19 times on the podium. In his most successful season 1993, he was fifth overall.
1997 Danner retired from active racing. A year later he took Jochen Mass on as a co- commentator for the live broadcasts of Formula 1 for private channel RTL and was road safety expert at VOX (Auto mobile, formerly auto motor und sport tv) . He was awarded the German Television Award in the category "Best Sports TV live transmission" in 1999. Besides his work for television Danner writes regular columns in the monthly members' magazine ADAC motor world (up to 2010) and on the motorsports online platform Motorsport Magazin.com.
As a racer himself Danner only operated in semi- to non-professional area. So he took in 2005 and 2006 participated in the veterans race series GP Masters and launched occasionally in the Mini Challenge.
Statistics in Formula 1
Le Mans results
In the years 2006 and 2011 Danner synchronized for the Pixar animated films Cars, on to which further racing colleagues like Michael Schumacher, Mika Hakkinen and Niki Lauda participated, or Cars 2 the character of " Chris Dinner".
Christian Danner is a vegetarian.