At the Nürburgring in 2006, as a DTM driver.
August 23, 1983 |
|Current team||BMW Team Schnitzer|
|Best finish||1st in 2012|
|Formula Three Euroseries
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
|2012||Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters|
Spengler was born near Strasbourg, France but moved with his parents to Saint-Hippolyte, Quebec, Canada, when he was 3. He went to school in Canada but continued to go back to France where he started competing in kart racing in 1995. Spengler continued karting in both France and Canada and then moved on to competing in the French Formula Renault. Eventually this led to him being signed by Mercedes-Benz motorsport and in 2003 he was racing for ASM in the Formula Three Euroseries.
Since 2005 he has driven a Mercedes in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters in Germany. In 2005 he ran with Persson Motorsport and he convinced AMG directors to have an official car in 2006. That year he finished the 2006 season second behind his team mate and five times champion Bernd Schneider. He completed the 2007 season campaign once again in second place, this time behind Audi driver Mattias Ekström, despite Audi's mass pull-out in Barcelona.
In August 2007 he was mentioned in a possible move to the new Prodrive F1 team for 2008, and possibly for a drive with McLaren. Spengler was a leading candidate for an F1 driver's seat based on his performances and also it was thought to help drive up interest in North America for Formula 1. With Prodrive gone and Heikki Kovalainen signed for McLaren, this did not happen for 2008. While leading the DTM in points during the 2010 season, Spengler's name was again brought up as a possible candidate to drive in F1. Norbert Haug Mercedes motorsports director commented that if Spengler were to win the DTM championship he would earn a ride in F1. However, he lost the championship in the last few races to Paul di Resta who went on to drive for Force India in the next F1 season.
In the 2012 season, Spengler quit Mercedes and joined BMW Team Schnitzer for the latter's return to DTM. Spengler had a strong season, coming into the last race at the Hockenheimring three points behind leader and Mercedes driver Gary Paffett. He overtook Paffett at the start and held on to win the race. With this victory, his fourth of the season, Spengler took the Driver's Championship by four points and helped Team Schnitzer to the Teams' Championship and BMW to the Manufacturers' Championship.
Complete DTM results
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)
* Season in progress.
- † — Retired, but was classified as he completed 90% of the winner's race distance.
- "The case for Bruno Spengler". F1 News. November 6, 2007. Retrieved 2010-08-13.
- Jeff Pappone (November 9, 2010). "Spengler now closer to his Formula One dream". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2010-08-13.
- "Bruno Spengler to drive for BMW in the DTM from 2012". Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (ITR e.V.). 26 October 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
- Johan Meissner (October 21, 2012). ""Sensational" triple title for BMW and Bruno Spengler". Touring Car Times. Retrieved 2012-10-21.
- Official site
- The Flying Frenchmen Rumours and news about Bruno Spengler and other Canadian drivers
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