Alex Fontana

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Alex Fontana
Nationality   Swiss
Born (1992-08-05) 5 August 1992 (age 22)
Lugano, Switzerland
2014 GP3 Series
Debut season 2011
Current team Jenzer Motorsport
Car no. 12
Starts 6
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Best finish 18th in 2012
Previous series
2012
2011
2010
2009
FIA Formula Two Championship
European F3 Open Championship
Italian Formula Three
Formula Azzurra
Championship titles
2011 European F3 Open Championship

Alex Fontana (born August 5, 1992 in Lugano) is a Swiss racing driver of Greek descent.

Career[edit]

Karting[edit]

Prior to his racing career, Fontana enjoyed a very successful period in the junior Karting ranks, the highlights of his career coming in 2007 when he won the Swiss KF3 championship and the following year when he became champion in the Bridgestone Cup Switzerland KF2 class.

Formula Azzurra[edit]

In 2009, Fontana graduated to single–seaters, racing in the Italian–based Formula Azzurra series for MG Motorsport. He took three podium places, including two race victories, to finish the year in seventh position, with team–mate Alberto Cerqui winning the title.[1]

Formula Three[edit]

2010 saw Fontana step up to the Italian Formula Three Championship with the Corbetta Competizioni team.[2] He failed to score a championship point in the sixteen races he contested, with a best race result of 12th coming in the second event at Hockenheim.

The following year saw Fontana remain with the team, but switching series to race in the European F3 Open Championship, alongside Italian Matteo Torta.[3] He secured the title at the final round of the season in Barcelona, finishing five points clear of RP Motorsport's David Fumanelli courtesy of race wins at Spa–Francorchamps and Monza and a further five podium finishes.[4]

GP3 Series[edit]

In August 2011, Fontana made his debut in the Formula One–supporting GP3 Series, replacing Vittorio Ghirelli at Jenzer Motorsport for the penultimate round of the season at Spa–Francorchamps.[5] After finishing 14th in the first race, he took the final championship point in race two by finishing in sixth place.[6] He was unable to take part in the final round of the year at Monza due to a prior Formula Three testing commitment and was replaced by countryman Christophe Hurni.[7]

Formula Two[edit]

After completing a successful test session at Barcelona in December 2011, Fontana will graduate to the FIA Formula Two Championship in 2012.[8]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2009 Formula Azzurra MG Motorsport 16 2 0 0 3 49 7th
2010 Italian Formula Three Championship Corbetta Competizioni 16 0 0 0 0 0 27th
2011 European F3 Open Corbetta Competizioni 16 2 1 1 7 120 1st
GP3 Series Jenzer Motorsport 2 0 0 0 0 1 24th
2012 FIA Formula Two Championship Motorsport Vision 16 1 0 1 3 115 7th

Complete GP3 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 DC Points
2011 Jenzer Motorsport TUR
FEA

TUR
SPR

ESP
FEA

ESP
SPR

VAL
FEA

VAL
SPR

GBR
FEA

GBR
SPR

GER
FEA

GER
SPR

HUN
FEA

HUN
SPR

BEL
FEA

14
BEL
SPR

6
ITA
FEA

ITA
SPR

24th 1
2012 Jenzer Motorsport ESP
FEA

ESP
SPR

MON
FEA

MON
SPR

VAL
FEA

VAL
SPR

GBR
FEA

GBR
SPR

GER
FEA

GER
SPR

HUN
FEA

17
HUN
SPR

15
BEL
FEA

10
BEL
SPR

4
ITA
FEA

ITA
SPR

18th 8.5
2013 Jenzer Motorsport ESP
FEA

10
ESP
SPR

9
VAL
FEA

14
VAL
SPR

11
GBR
FEA

7
GBR
SPR

3
GER
FEA

Ret
GER
SPR

17
HUN
FEA

10
HUN
SPR

19
BEL
FEA

21
BEL
SPR

12
ITA
FEA

Ret
ITA
SPR

Ret
ABU
FEA

13
ABU
SPR

10
17th 18
2014 ART Grand Prix ESP
FEA

11
ESP
SPR

19
AUT
FEA

Ret
AUT
SPR

17
GBR
FEA

15
GBR
SPR

Ret
GER
FEA

11
GER
SPR

13
HUN
FEA

14
HUN
SPR

13
BEL
FEA

6
BEL
SPR

3
ITA
FEA

Ret
ITA
SPR

10
RUS
FEA

RUS
SPR

ABU
FEA

ABU
SPR

14th* 20*

* Season in progress.

  • ‡ Half points awarded as less than 75% of race distance was completed.

Complete Formula Two results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pos Points
2012 10 SIL
1

3
SIL
2

3
ALG
1

7
ALG
2

10
NÜR
1

6
NÜR
2

5
SPA
1

8
SPA
2

5
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

7
LEC
1

14
LEC
2

Ret
HUN
1

1
HUN
2

5
MNZ
1

9
MNZ
2

6
7th 115

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Formula Azzurra – Trofeo Alboreto 2009". driverdb.com (Driver Database). Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Corbetta conferma Alex Fontana". italiaracing.net (in Italian) (Inpagina). 18 December 2009. Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Wilkinson, Andy (22 March 2011). "Corbetta sign Fontana and Torta for F3 Open". motorstv.com (Motors TV). Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Weeks, James (31 October 2011). "Fontana seals title as Fumanelli rules in Spain". motorstv.com (Motors TV). Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  5. ^ Allen, Peter (24 August 2011). "Alex Fontana Replaces Vittorio Ghirelli At Jenzer". TheCheckeredFlag.co.uk (BlackEagleMedia). Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  6. ^ Allen, Peter (28 August 2011). "Stanaway wins on debut weekend in GP3". TheCheckeredFlag.co.uk (BlackEagleMedia). Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  7. ^ Allen, Peter (8 September 2011). "Jenzer field 48-year old driver in GP3 season finale". TheCheckeredFlag.co.uk (BlackEagleMedia). Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "Alex Fontana graduates to Formula Two". FIA Formula Two Championship (MotorSport Vision). 9 March 2012. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Marco Barba
European F3 Open Championship
Champion

2011
Succeeded by
Niccolò Schirò