Christian Vietoris

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Christian Vietoris
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Vietoris in 2007
Nationality German
Born (1989-04-01) 1 April 1989 (age 25)
Gerolstein (Germany)
2014 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters
Debut season 2011
Current team HWA Team
Car no. 9
Former teams Persson Motorsport
Starts 30
Wins 0
Poles 1
Fastest laps 2
Best finish 12th in 2012
Previous series
201011
2009–10
200809
2007
2006–07
200506
GP2 Series
GP2 Asia Series
Formula Three Euroseries
German Formula Three
A1 Grand Prix
Formula BMW ADAC
Championship titles
2006–07
2006
A1 Grand Prix (w/Hülkenberg)
Formula BMW ADAC

Christian Vietoris (born 1 April 1989 in Gerolstein, Rhineland-Palatinate) is a German racing driver, currently driving in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters for HWA Team.[1] Vietoris is also a part of the revitalized Mercedes-Benz Junior Team, together with Robert Wickens and Roberto Merhi. Vietoris made his debut in the DTM in 2011, driving for Persson Motorsport, before being promoted to HWA for the 2012 DTM season.

Career[edit]

Karting[edit]

Vietoris started his career through karting, the most common entry point for all racing drivers, in 1994. Nine years after starting his karting career, the young German was the national Junior Kart champion and a year later came second Western German Karting Championship.

Formula BMW[edit]

In 2005, Vietoris moved up to Formula BMW ADAC with Eifelland Racing. Vietoris finished his first FBMW campaign sixteenth in the Drivers' Championship with fifteen points, sharing his position with fellow German Dominik Wasem.

In 2006, Vietoris moved to Josef Kaufmann Racing, where he won the Drivers' Championship with 277 points and taking nine race wins, his nearest rival being Finland's Mika Mäki. As well as his German FBMW title, Vietoris won the Formula BMW World Final, ahead of other FBMW champions such as Robert Wickens, the 2006 US FBMW champion, and the British Formula BMW champion, Niall Breen, winning himself a test for the BMW Sauber F1 team.

Following his impressive performances in Formula BMW, Vietoris was picked by A1 Team Germany to replace Nico Hülkenberg for the Mexican round of the 2006–07 season.

Formula Three[edit]

Vietoris competing at the opening round of the 2008 Formula Three Euroseries season at Hockenheim.

In 2007, Vietoris competed in the ATS Formel 3 Cup for Josef Kaufmann Racing, finishing in fifth.

Vietoris moved on to the Formula Three Euroseries in 2008 for Mücke Motorsport. He had a solid season, ending up eighth in the championship with one win coming at the Norisring. He also set a pair of fastest laps – at Mugello and Brands Hatch – and was on pole at the Nürburgring.

He continued in the F3 Euroseries in 2009 with Mücke Motorsport, finishing as runner-up to the dominant Jules Bianchi. Vietoris won four races over the course of the season, adding a further four podiums and a fastest lap at Brands once again, as he helped keep Mücke in contention for the teams title until he left for GP2 Asia.

GP2 Series[edit]

Vietoris missed the final round of the F3 Euroseries season to join up with the DAMS team for a GP2 Asia Series test at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. He raced in the 2009–10 season for the team. He moved to Racing Engineering for the 2010 main series, winning one race en route to ninth place in the drivers' championship. He missed the final round of the season due to appendicitis; his seat was taken by Ho-Pin Tung.

Vietoris remains with Racing Engineering for the 2011 GP2 Series season, alongside Dani Clos. After crashing heavily during the first round of the season at Istanbul, he complained of recurring headaches and was replaced by Álvaro Parente until he recovered and returned to the cockpit in Valencia.[2] At Spa-Francorchamps, he took his first series pole position and converted it into victory, also setting his first fastest lap in the process. He also won the sprint race finale at Monza, rising to seventh in the drivers' championship.

DTM[edit]

Vietoris made his debut in the DTM, dovetailing his 2011 GP2 campaign with a season driving a Persson Motorsport Mercedes in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters. His best result as a rookie was a 5th place at Oschersleben. Another highlight was reaching the semi-final at the non-points Showevent at the Olympic Stadium in München.

On 3 April 2012 Mercedes announced the revival of the Mercedes-Benz Junior Team that has guided several notable drivers in their racing careers like Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Karl Wendlinger and Michael Schumacher. With that announcement came the news that Vietoris, together with the reigning Formula 3 Euroseries champion Roberto Merhi and the reigning Formula Renault 3.5 Series champion Robert Wickens, would become a part of the new Junior Team and that the three of them would drive for the Junior Team in the 2012 DTM season. In addition to that, 7-time F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher will be involved with the three drivers by serving as a mentor. Driving under the Junior Team-moniker meant for Vietoris that he would switch teams for his sophomore season in the DTM, trading in his place at Persson Motorsport for the elite team of Mercedes in the DTM, HWA Team, replacing Bruno Spengler, who left Mercedes for BMW.[3]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Name Races Poles Wins Points Position
2005 Formula BMW ADAC Eifelland Racing 19 0 0 17 16th
2006 Formula BMW ADAC Josef Kaufmann Racing 18 9 9 277 1st
2007 German Formula Three Josef Kaufmann Racing 12 2 1 62 6th
2008 Formula 3 Euro Series Mücke Motorsport 20 1 1 36 6th
2009 Formula 3 Euro Series Mücke Motorsport 18 0 4 75 2nd
2009–10 GP2 Asia Series DAMS 8 0 1 9 10th
2010 GP2 Series Racing Engineering 18 0 1 29 9th
2011 GP2 Series Racing Engineering 14 1 2 35 7th
Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Persson Motorsport 10 0 0 4 14th
2012 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters HWA Team 10 0 0 25 12th
2013 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters HWA Team 7 1 0 71 4th

Complete A1 Grand Prix 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 19 20 21 22 DC Points
2006–07 Germany NED
SPR
NED
FEA
CZE
SPR
CZE
FEA
CHN
SPR
CHN
FEA
MYS
SPR
MYS
FEA
IDN
SPR
IDN
FEA
NZL
SPR
NZL
FEA
AUS
SPR
AUS
FEA
RSA
SPR
RSA
FEA
MEX
SPR

Ret
MEX
FEA

9
CHN
SPR
CHN
FEA
GBR
SPR
GBR
SPR
1st 128
2007–08 NED
SPR

6
NED
FEA

9
CZE
SPR

7
CZE
FEA

8
MYS
SPR
MYS
FEA
ZHU
SPR
ZHU
FEA
NZL
SPR

2
NZL
FEA

1
AUS
SPR
AUS
FEA
RSA
SPR
RSA
FEA
MEX
SPR
MEX
FEA
SHA
SPR
SHA
FEA
GBR
SPR
GBR
SPR
8th 83

Complete GP2 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 19 20 DC Points
2010 Racing Engineering ESP
FEA

Ret
ESP
SPR

18
MON
FEA

14
MON
SPR

DNS
TUR
FEA

7
TUR
SPR

Ret
VAL
FEA

12
VAL
SPR

Ret
GBR
FEA

6
GBR
SPR

10
GER
FEA

Ret
GER
SPR

10
HUN
FEA

2
HUN
SPR

2
BEL
FEA

11
BEL
SPR

Ret
ITA
FEA

4
ITA
SPR

1
ABU
FEA
ABU
SPR
9th 29
2011 Racing Engineering TUR
FEA

11
TUR
SPR

Ret
ESP
FEA
ESP
SPR
MON
FEA
MON
SPR
VAL
FEA

Ret
VAL
SPR

13
GBR
FEA

2
GBR
SPR

Ret
GER
FEA

Ret
GER
SPR

4
HUN
FEA

8
HUN
SPR

10
BEL
FEA

1
BEL
SPR

13
ITA
FEA

6
ITA
SPR

1
7th 35

Complete GP2 Asia 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 DC Points
2009–10 DAMS ABU1
FEA

6
ABU1
SPR

1
ABU2
FEA

Ret
ABU2
SPR

14
BHR1
FEA

14
BHR1
SPR

9
BHR2
FEA

Ret
BHR2
SPR

14
10th 9

Complete DTM 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  Pos.   Points 
2011 Persson Motorsport AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2008 HOC1
13
ZAN
15
SPL
15
LAU
9
NOR
11
NÜR
13
BRH
13
OSC
5
VAL
12
HOC2
Ret
14th 4
2012 HWA Team DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupé HOC1
4
LAU
11
BRH
6
SPL
Ret
NOR
8
NÜR
16
ZAN
Ret
OSC
12
VAL
12
HOC2
10
12th 25
2013 HWA Team DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupé HOC1
3
BRH
8
SPL
7
LAU
3
NOR
3
MOS
10
NÜR
3
OSC
18
ZAN
15
HOC2
7
4th 77

* Season in progress.

Records[edit]

Vietoris is the youngest driver ever to win an A1 Grand Prix race. He took the chequered flag during the 2007–08 A1 Grand Prix of Nations, New Zealand at Taupo Motorsport Park at just 18 years, nine months and 19 days old, beating the previous record for youngest A1GP winner by exactly five months. That record was held by the team's former driver, Nico Hülkenberg, who won on his debut at Zandvoort in 2006.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mercedes-Benz Junior Team: Bringing on new talent in the DTM". Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters. Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters. April 3, 2012. Retrieved April 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ O'Leary, Jamie (May 19, 2011). "Vietoris to miss Barcelona". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved May 24, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Mercedes-Benz Junior Team: Back for 2012!". Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters. Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Limited. April 3, 2012. Retrieved April 3, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Record Breakers". A1GP.com News. January 21, 2008. Retrieved January 22, 2008. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Nico Hülkenberg
Formula BMW ADAC
Champion

2006
Succeeded by
Jens Klingmann
Preceded by
Marco Holzer
Formula BMW World Final
Winner

2006
Succeeded by
Philipp Eng
Preceded by
Nicolas Lapierre
Alexandre Prémat
(Team France)
A1 Grand Prix
Champion with
Nico Hülkenberg
(Team Germany)

2006–07
Succeeded by
Neel Jani
(Team Switzerland)