Lucas di Grassi
- 2.1 Career stations
- 2.2 Statistics in Formula 1 2.2.1 Individual Results
Beginnings in motorsport
Di Grassi began his Rennsportkariere in karting. In 2002 he moved into Formula racing and he started in the Brazilian Formula Renault. He was runner-up behind Sergio Jimenez. In 2003 he competed in the South American Formula 3 Championship and won again a runner-up title. He also gave a representation for Robert Kubica to the Prema Powerteam his debut in the Formula 3 Euro Series and went to four races. In 2004 he drove in the British Formula 3 Championship for Hitech Racing. With two victories, he was eighth in the standings and was also the best pilot of his team. At the Macau Grand Prix di Grassi was third this year. In 2005 he returned to the Formula 3 Euro Series and launched as team-mate Paul di Resta for Manor Motorsport. Di Grassi had his teammates under control and finished with a victory at the end of the season third overall behind the dominant ASM driver Lewis Hamilton and Adrian Sutil. Di Grassi joined this season again at the Macau Grand Prix and won the prestigious race ahead of Robert Kubica. Due to his good performances he received in 2005 the opportunity for Renault to take part in Formula 1 test drives.
2006 started di Grassi on the side of the Spaniard Sergio Hernández for the Durango team in the GP2 series. In his first season he was 17th in the overall standings. His best finish was fifth in the feature race at the Istanbul Park Circuit. In the 2007 season, he raced for ART Grand Prix, the champion team of the previous seasons. Di Grassi gave away with a win in Istanbul and five podium finishes to the last race weekend in Valencia with the German Timo Glock an exciting duel for the title. Finally, di Grassi was vice-champion of the GP2 Series.
In 2008 he was engaged as a spare and test driver for Renault F1. Since the fourth race weekend of the GP2 Series 2008 season he also went back to the GP2 series. He was obliged to Campos Grand Prix as a replacement for Ben Hanley. His teammate was the Russian Vitaly Petrov. The runner-up of 2007 was mitdabei immediately forward and reached for the first two race weekends, three times in second and once fourth goal. At the Hungaroring, he was able to pull his second GP2 win in the feature race. Already at the next race weekend at Valencia, he was able to celebrate a victory again. At the last race weekend in Monza di Grassi won the feature race. Di Grassi was six times on the podium and won three times. Although di Grassi had omitted three race weekends, he was behind Giorgio Pantano and Bruno Senna with 63 points third overall. His Renault test driver Romain Grosjean and colleagues Sakon Yamamoto drove as di Grassi in the GP2 series.
In autumn 2008, Lucas di Grassi took part in Formula 1 test driving for Renault F1, and Honda Racing F1. After di Grassi could not grab a Formula 1 cockpit for 2009, among other things due to the withdrawal of Honda Racing F1, he remained in the GP2 Series and went for Racing Engineering, the team with the Giorgio Pantano 2008 championship, won the Home. Di Grassi, who with his new team had no chance of winning the title, but showed solid performance, finishing with a victory in Istanbul and another seven podium finishes at the end of the season third overall. The internal battle against his teammates, the Spanish junior racer Dani Clos, the Brazilians won clearly. Di Grassi is the first GP2 driver, who was placed for three consecutive years among the top three drivers.
Renault test driver (2008-2009)
In the 2008 Formula 1 season di Grassi was a test and reserve driver for Renault F1. In the 2009 Formula 1 season di Grassi served as the Grand Prix of Europe again as Formula 1 reserve driver for the Renault team.
For the 2010 season, di Grassi was confirmed as team-mate Timo Glock at Virgin Racing team debuting. After he was eliminated in the first two races with technical defects, he reached the third Grand Prix in Malaysia than 14 for the first time the goal. This result remained his best finish of the season. A stir an accident caused within the Grand Prix of Japan. On the way into the starting line-up he lost control of his vehicle. He damaged his car so much that he could not start. At the end of the season, he finished 24th place in the drivers' standings. In December it was announced that his contract is not renewed at Virgin. His successor in the Virgin cockpit was the Belgian Jerome D' Ambrosio.
2011 and 2012 is di Grassi development driver for the tire manufacturer Pirelli.
Official FIA test driver (from September 2012)
For the 2012, founded by the FIA International Formula E racing series for single-seater racing car with electric motor Lucas di Grassi was appointed on 17 September 2012 as the official test driver. The first championship season with ten races will start in September 2014 in Beijing and ends in June 2015 in London. For now, the only unit competition vehicle for all participants is the Spark Renault SRT_01 E, which was unveiled at the International Motor Show 2013 in Frankfurt am Main. This event also di Grassi was present.
- 2005: Formula 3 Euro Series ( 3rd place)
- 2006: GP2 Series (No. 17)
- 2007: GP2 Series (2nd place)
- 2008: GP2 Series ( 3rd place)
- 2008: Formula 1 ( test driver )
- 2009: GP2 Series ( 3rd place)
- 2009: Formula 1 ( test driver )
- 2010: Formula 1 ( 24th place )