Christian Klien

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Christian Klien
Christian Klien - New Blood Racing By Morand - Silverstone 19-04-14.jpg
Klien at the Silverstone round of the ELMS 2014
Born (1983-02-07) 7 February 1983 (age 31)
Hohenems, Vorarlberg, Austria
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Austria Austrian
Active years 20042006, 2010
Teams Jaguar, Red Bull, HRT
Races 51 (49 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 14
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 2004 Australian Grand Prix
Last race 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 2008–2009, 2011, 2014
Teams Team Peugeot Total, Aston Martin Racing
Best finish 3rd (2008)
Class wins 0

Christian Klien (born 7 February 1983) is an Austrian former Formula One racing driver. In total he has scored 14 points in Formula One.

Klien currently drives for NewBlood By Morand Racing in the ELMS.

Racing career[edit]

Born in Hohenems, Klien started his motorsport career in his early teens. He raced in karting championships in both Austria and Switzerland, before moving to Formula BMW. After winning several titles in lower Formulas, Klien moved into Formula One, driving for the Jaguar Racing team, alongside Mark Webber. At the end of 2004, however, Jaguar sold its Formula One team to Red Bull, which renamed it Red Bull Racing. In an unusual arrangement, Klien shared a race seat with Italian Vitantonio Liuzzi. He stayed at Red Bull for 2006, whilst Liuzzi moved to the Red Bull junior team, Scuderia Toro Rosso.

After an unsuccessful 2006, Klien's old teammate Mark Webber replaced him for the 2007 season, news Klien learned from Webber himself. Klien was offered alternatives to Formula One for 2007, including driving in the ChampCar series, but he refused and aimed for a seat in Formula One.[1] He secured the test driver's seat at Honda, despite competition from other drivers, including Gary Paffett.

On 2 February 2008 Klien signed as BMW Sauber's reserve and test driver for the 2008 Formula One season, alongside Estonian Marko Asmer.

Pre-Formula One[edit]

Klien became enthused about racing when his dad brought him to watch a Go-Kart race. This enthusiasm for the sport was only increased after meeting Brazilian Formula One driver Ayrton Senna.[2] The Austrian started his career at the age of 13.[3] From 1996 to 1998, Klien won several kart races in both Switzerland and his native Austria, becoming the Suisse champion in his first year.

In 1999, Klien moved to racing in the Formula BMW ADAC Junior Cup, winning four races and finishing fourth in the series.[3] The following year, he moved into the main Formula BMW ADAC Championship with Team Rosberg, finishing the series ranked tenth overall and third in the rookie rankings.[3] Continuing in the series in 2001, Klien managed to win five races, and ended up third in the series.[3] Joining JD Motorsport for the Italian winter Formula Renault series, he won one event, which lead to a drive for the team in German Formula Renault for 2002.[3]

Klien won four races, winning the German title, and finishing fifth in the European series. From there, Klien moved into the Formula Three Euroseries, with Mucke Motorsport, winning four races and finishing runner-up to Ryan Briscoe. Klien also won the 2003 Marlboro Masters event at Zandvoort.[3]

Formula One[edit]

Klien driving for Jaguar at the 2004 Belgian Grand Prix, where he scored his first Formula One points

Jaguar (2004)[edit]

Main article: Jaguar Racing

In December 2003, Klien was signed as a race driver for the Jaguar Formula One team for the 2004 season,[4] replacing Justin Wilson, who had replaced Antônio Pizzonia for the final 5 Grand Prix of the 2003 season.[5] He had significant pressure on him as second driver to his more experienced teammate Mark Webber, but was the first driver to ever outqualify Webber from the same team.

Klien proved to be considerably reliable over the season, retiring only on 4 occasions out of the possible 18. Klien's only points scoring finish in his debut season came in Belgium, where Klien finished sixth; scoring 3 Championship points. He finished alongside Cristiano da Matta and Nick Heidfeld in joint 16th in the Drivers' Championship.

Red Bull (2005–2006)[edit]

Main article: Red Bull Racing
Klien in qualifying at the 2005 United States Grand Prix
2005

Jaguar were bought out in November 2004 by Austrian energy drink company Red Bull and were renamed Red Bull Racing.[6] During winter testing in 2005, Klien tested several times for Red Bull Racing alongside Vitantonio Liuzzi and David Coulthard. Klien secured the second race seat at Red Bull, alongside Coulthard. Klien started the year with points finishes in the first two races before retiring in Bahrain before the race had even started due to an electrical problem.

With both Klien and Liuzzi signed to race for the Red Bull team in 2005, Red Bull announced that Liuzzi would be racing at the next 4 rounds in San Marino, Spain, Monaco and the European Grands Prix instead of Klien.[7] Originally, Klien was ineligible to be a third driver at these Grand Prix, as he had competed in over six Grand Prix the previous year, but after a majority of teams asked the FIA to remove this ruling, Klien was allowed to take this role at Imola.[8]

The Austrian returned to the race seat for the Canadian Grand Prix and maintained his race seat thanks to his strong performances and Red Bull's increased number of seats from the purchase of the Minardi team (which was renamed Scuderia Toro Rosso, Italian for "Team Red Bull") in 2006.[9] Klien finished his second year in Formula One with two further points finishes: an 8th place finish in Turkey and a 5th at the season-finale in China. After a promising performance in China, it was confirmed in December 2005 that Klien would drive for the Red Bull Racing outfit alongside David Coulthard for the 2006 season.

2006
Klien driving for RBR at the 2006 Turkish Grand Prix

Klien started 2006 strongly, qualifying in the top 10 for the first 2 races of the season. In Bahrain he finished 8th, scoring a point. However, in Malaysia he collided with Kimi Räikkönen on the first lap and had to pit with suspension damage, before eventually dropping out with a hydraulic failure.

In 2006, Klien was unsuccessful in comparison to his more experienced teammate David Coulthard, as the Brit scored the team's first podium and was more consistent than Klien throughout the season. In August 2006, it was confirmed that Klien would not stay with the Red Bull team for the upcoming 2007 season, or at least as a race driver, due to Red Bull's signing of Mark Webber.[10] After the 2 points finishes in Bahrain and Germany, there was some uncertainty as to where Klien would go next in his racing career, speculation suggested America as a logical choice for the Austrian, but he refused a ChampCar seat in a Red Bull-backed team for 2007, preferring to chase a Formula One drive with another team.[11] As a result, the team announced that Klien had been dropped for the last three races of the season in favour of test driver Robert Doornbos.[12]

Honda and BMW Sauber (2007–2009)[edit]

Main articles: Honda Racing F1 and BMW Sauber
Klien driving a Honda RA107 at the 2007 Goodwood Festival of Speed
Klien testing for BMW Sauber in Bahrain prior to the 2009 season

On 15 November 2006, Honda Racing announced the signing of Klien as their test and reserve driver for the 2007 season.[13] The Austrian made his debut for the Japanese works team at the Circuit de Catalunya, during the early pre-season testing during late November 2006. At the 2007 British Grand Prix, he replaced the injured Jenson Button for the second free practice session on Friday.[14] On 11 July 2007, Klien was released by Honda F1 to test with Spyker with a view to replacing Christijan Albers who was released because of sponsorship problems.[15] However, the seat went to Japanese driver Sakon Yamamoto.

In 2008 Klien signed as BMW Sauber's test and reserve driver for the 2008 Formula One season. He also signed with Peugeot to race in 24 Hours of Le Mans. Driving the Peugeot 908 HDi FAP he finished third overall with Ricardo Zonta and Franck Montagny. In October he participated in Petit Le Mans in the American Le Mans Series, driving with Peugeot's factory drivers Marc Gené and Nicolas Minassian.

Klien remained in the position of BMW Sauber's test and reserve driver for 2009.[16] He also returned to Le Mans with Peugeot, finishing sixth overall in a 908 shared with Pedro Lamy and Minassian.

For 2010, Klien was understood to be an option for Sauber before the seat went to Pedro de la Rosa.

HRT (2010)[edit]

Main article: Hispania Racing

Klien was then tipped to become Hispania Racing's reserve driver despite being second favourite to ex-US F1 man José María López but neither Klien or López got the seat. It went to former Super Aguri F1 and Spyker F1 driver Sakon Yamamoto. However, he was later signed by Hispania as well as Yamamoto.[17] He took part in his first Grand Prix weekend for three years at the Spanish Grand Prix, where he drove in the first practice session in place of Karun Chandhok. He replaced Chandhok again at the European Grand Prix where his session was made difficult by problems with his car. At the Singapore Grand Prix he was confirmed as a replacement for the ill Sakon Yamamoto, marking his first grand prix since the 2006 Italian Grand Prix.[18] He qualified in 22nd place, over a second ahead of team mate Bruno Senna, and ran just ahead of him in the race until a mechanical problem forced him to retire. He replaced Yamamoto for the final two races of the season in Brazil and Abu Dhabi,[19][20] but the team did not retain his services into the 2011 season.

Post Formula One[edit]

After Formula One, Klien began racing in a number of categories including endurance racing, sports cars and V8 Supercars. He was close to a deal with Peugeot to race in the World Endurance Championship in 2012 before the French company withdrew from racing.[1]

Klien has taken part in a number of V8 Supercar drives, including the Bathurst 1000 where he teamed up with Russell Ingall.

Since late 2012 Klien writes a monthly column for the Pitpass.com website.[21]

In 2014 Klien signed a deal with NewBlood By Morand Racing to race in their 2014 ELMS campaign.[22]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Poles Wins Points Position
1999 Formula BMW Junior ADAC Sport München 20 1 3 193 4th
2000 Formula BMW ADAC Team Rosberg 19 0 0 57 10th
2001 Formula BMW ADAC Team Rosberg 19 3 5 232 3rd
2002 Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup JD Motorsport 8 0 0 92 6th
Formula Renault 2000 Germany JD Motorsport 14 2 4 278 1st
2003 Formula Three Euroseries Mücke Motorsport 20 6 3 89 2nd
Masters of Formula Three Mücke Motorsport 1 0 1 N/A 1st
2004 Formula One Jaguar Racing 18 0 0 3 16th
2005 Formula One Red Bull Racing 15 0 0 9 15th
2006 Formula One Red Bull Racing 15 0 0 2 18th
2007 Formula One Honda Racing F1 Team Test driver
2008 Formula One BMW Sauber F1 Team Test driver
Le Mans 24 Hours LMP1 class Peugeot Sport Total 1 0 0 N/A 3rd
American Le Mans Series LMP1 class Team Peugeot Total 1 0 0 26 17th
2009 Formula One BMW Sauber F1 Team Test driver
Le Mans 24 Hours LMP1 class Team Peugeot Total 1 0 0 N/A 6th
American Le Mans Series LMP1 class Team Peugeot Total 1 0 0 20 25th
Le Mans Series LMP1 class Team Peugeot Total 1 1 0 11 19th
2010 Formula One Hispania Racing F1 Team 3 0 0 0 27th
2011 Le Mans 24 Hours LMP1 class Aston Martin Racing 1 0 0 N/A NC
Le Mans Series LMP1 class Aston Martin Racing 1 0 0 0 NC
2012 International V8 Supercars Championship Walkinshaw Racing 3 0 0 168 51st
2013 Auto GP World Series Zele Racing 2 0 0 6 18th
ADAC Procar Series Liqui Moly Team Engstler 2 1 1 10 6th
European Le Mans Series LMP2 class Morand Racing 2 0 0 28 11th

Complete Formula 3 Euro Series results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Points
2003 ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg Dallara F303/008 HWA-Mercedes HOC
1

4
HOC
2

6
ADR
1

3
ADR
2

21
PAU
1

Ret
PAU
2

7
NOR
1

Ret
NOR
2

10
LMS
1

2
LMS
2

1
NÜR
1

Ret
NÜR
2

1
A1R
1

5
A1R
2

5
ZAN
1

1
ZAN
2

2
HOC
3

23
HOC
4

3
MAG
1

Ret
MAG
2

3
2nd 89

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 WDC Points
2004 Jaguar Racing Jaguar R5 Cosworth CR-6 3.0 V10 AUS
11
MAL
10
BHR
14
SMR
14
ESP
Ret
MON
Ret
EUR
12
CAN
9
USA
Ret
FRA
11
GBR
14
GER
10
HUN
13
BEL
6
ITA
13
JPN
12
BRA
14
16th 3
Jaguar R5B CHN
Ret
2005 Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB1 Cosworth TJ2005 3.0 V10 AUS
7
MAL
8
BHR
DNS
SMR
TD
ESP
TD
MON
TD
EUR
TD
CAN
8
USA
DNS
FRA
Ret
GBR
15
GER
9
HUN
Ret
TUR
8
ITA
13
BEL
9
BRA
9
JPN
9
CHN
5
15th 9
2006 Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB2 Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 BHR
8
MAL
Ret
AUS
Ret
SMR
Ret
EUR
Ret
ESP
13
MON
Ret
GBR
14
CAN
11
USA
Ret
FRA
12
GER
8
HUN
Ret
TUR
11
ITA
11
CHN
JPN
BRA
18th 2
2007 Honda Racing F1 Team Honda RA107 Honda RA807E 2.4 V8 AUS MAL BHR
ESP
MON
CAN USA FRA
GBR
TD
EUR
HUN
TUR
ITA
BEL
JPN
CHN
BRA
2010 Hispania Racing F1 Team Hispania F110 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 BHR
AUS
MAL
CHN
ESP
TD
MON
TUR
CAN
EUR
TD
GBR
GER
HUN
BEL
ITA
SIN
Ret
JPN
KOR
BRA
22
ABU
20
27th 0

Sports/Touring car racing[edit]

Le Mans 24 Hours results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2008 France Team Peugeot Total France Franck Montagny
Brazil Ricardo Zonta
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP LMP1 379 3rd 3rd
2009 France Team Peugeot Total France Nicolas Minassian
Portugal Pedro Lamy
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP LMP1 369 6th 6th
2011 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing Germany Stefan Mücke
United Kingdom Darren Turner
Aston Martin AMR-One LMP1 4 DNF DNF
2014 Switzerland Newblood by Morand Racing France Gary Hirsch
France Romain Brandela
Morgan LMP2-Judd LMP2 352 10th 6th

American Le Mans Series results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine Tyres 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Rank Points
2008 Team Peugeot Total LMP1 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP Peugeot HDi 5.5 L V12
(Diesel)
M SEB STP LNB UTA LIM MID AME MOS DET PET
ovr:2
cls:2
MON 17th 26
2009 Team Peugeot Total LMP1 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP Peugeot HDI 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
M SEB
ovr:5
cls:4
STP LNB UTA LIM MID AME MOS PET MON 25th 20

Le Mans Series Results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine Tyres 1 2 3 4 5 Rank Points
2009 Team Peugeot Total LMP1 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP Peugeot HDI 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
M CAT SPA
ovr:1
cls:1
ALG NÜR SIL 19th 11
2011 Aston Martin Racing LMP1 Lola-Aston Martin B09/60 Aston Martin 6.0 L V12 M CAS SPA IMO SIL1
ovr:9
cls:9
EST NC 0
1 Driver run for the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, no points awarded for the Le Mans Series.

Complete V8 Supercar results[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Final Pos Points
2011 Rod Nash Racing YMC
R1

YMC
R2

ADE
R3

ADE
R4

HAM
R5

HAM
R6

PER
R7

PER
R8

PER
R9

WIN
R10

WIN
R11

HDV
R12

HDV
R13

TOW
R14

TOW
R15

QLD
R16

QLD
R17

QLD
R18

PHI
R19

BAT
R20

SUR
R21

15
SUR
R22

Ret
SYM
R23

SYM
R24

SAN
R25

SAN
R26

SYD
R27

SYD
R28

77th 60
2012 Walkinshaw Racing ADE
R1

ADE
R2

SYM
R3

SYM
R4

HAM
R5

HAM
R6

PER
R7

PER
R8

PER
R9

PHI
R10

PO
PHI
R11

PO
HDV
R12

HDV
R13

TOW
R14

PO
TOW
R15

PO
QLD
R16

QLD
R17

SMP
R18

SMP
R19

SAN
Q

19
SAN
R20

11
BAT
R21

9
SUR
R22

SUR
R23

YMC
R24

YMC
R25

YMC
R26

WIN
R27

WIN
R28

SYD
R29

SYD
R30

51st 168

Complete International Superstars Series results[edit]

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

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 DC Points
2012 Swiss Team Maserati Quattroporte MNZ
R1

MNZ
R2

IMO
R1

IMO
R2

DON
R1

DON
R2

MUG
R1

MUG
R2

HUN
R1

4
HUN
R2

1
SPA
R1

SPA
R2

VAL
R1

VAL
R2

PER
R1

PER
R2

17th 32
2013 Scuderia Giudici BMW M3 (E92) MNZ
R1

MNZ
R2

BRN
R1

Ret
BRN
R2

6
SVK
R1

SVK
R2

ZOL
R1

ZOL
R2

ALG
R1

ALG
R2

DON
R1

DON
R2

IMO
R1

IMO
R2

VAL
R1

VAL
R2

24th 8

*Season in progress

Complete Auto GP World 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 Pos Points
2013 Zele Racing MNZ
1

MNZ
2

MAR
1

MAR
2

HUN
1

HUN
2

SIL
1

SIL
2

MUG
1

8
MUG
2

9
NÜR
1

NÜR
2

DON
1

DON
2

BRN
1

BRN
2

18th 6

See also[edit]

References[edit]

All Formula One race and championship results are taken from:

  • Official Formula 1 Website. Archive: Results for 2004 – Present seasons www.formula1.com Retrieved 6 June 2006

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Coch, Mat (4 April 2012). "Coming Klien". Pitpass.com. 
  2. ^ "Q&A with Kubica, Heidfeld and Klien". Pitpass.com. 20 January 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f GP Encyclopedia – Christian Klien GrandPrix.com. Retrieved 22 November 2006
  4. ^ "Klien clinches Jaguar race seat for 2004" Official Formula One Website. Retrieved 22 November 2006
  5. ^ "Klien replaces Wilson" BBC Sport. Retrieved 22 November 2006
  6. ^ "Red Bull snaps up Jaguar F1 team" BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 November 2006
  7. ^ "Imola race chance for Liuzzi" Official Formula One Website. Retrieved 22 November 2006
  8. ^ "Red Bull secure Klien exemption" BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 November 2006
  9. ^ "Red Bull swoop for Minardi deal" BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 November 2006
  10. ^ "Webber confirmed at Red Bull" GrandPrix.com. Retrieved 23 November 2006
  11. ^ "Matador no more – Klien bids Red Bull farewell" Official Formula One Website. Retrieved 23 November 2006
  12. ^ "Klien out, Doornbos in at Red Bull Racing" GrandPrix.com. Retrieved 11 September 2006
  13. ^ "Honda Racing F1 Team Announces 2007 Test Driver Line-Up" NewsOnF1.net. Retrieved 15 November 2006
  14. ^ "Klien stands in for injured Button". flagworld.auto123.com. 2007-07-06. Retrieved 2007-07-06. 
  15. ^ "Klien closes on Spyker drive". itv-f1.com. 2007-07-12. Retrieved 2007-07-12. 
  16. ^ "BMW confirm Heidfeld, Kubica for 2009". autosport.com. 2008-10-06. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  17. ^ "Wednesday's F1 gossip column". BBC News. 5 May 2010. 
  18. ^ "Klien stands in for ill Yamamoto". BBC News. 24 September 2010. 
  19. ^ Elizalde, Pablo (4 November 2010). "Klien replaces Yamamoto for Brazil". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 4 November 2010. 
  20. ^ Beer, Matt (10 November 2010). "Klien retains Hispania seat for Abu Dhabi". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 10 November 2010. 
  21. ^ "Christian Klien joins Pitpass". Pitpass.com. 24 October 2012. 
  22. ^ "Morand Racing aims at victory in 2014 with Christian Klien and Gary Hirsch". newbloodracing.com. 16 April 2014. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Marcel Lasée
German Formula Renault champion
2002
Succeeded by
Ryan Sharp
Preceded by
Fábio Carbone
Formula Three Masters
Winner

2003
Succeeded by
Alexandre Prémat