Fabio Leimer

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Fabio Leimer
Fabio leimer racing engineering 2013.jpg
Nationality   Swiss
Born (1989-04-17) 17 April 1989 (age 25)
Rothrist (Switzerland)
2014 GP2 Series
Debut season 2010
Current team Racing Engineering
Car no. 8
Former teams Ocean Racing Technology
Rapax
Starts 63
Wins 5
Poles 2
Fastest laps 4
Best champ.
finish
1st in 2013
Previous series
2009–102011
200809
2008
2007
2007
2006
GP2 Asia Series
International Formula Master
Formula Master Italia
Formula Renault 2.0 Italia
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Formula BMW ADAC
Championship titles
2013
2009
2013 GP2 Series season
International Formula Master

Fabio Leimer (born April 17, 1989 in Rothrist) is a professional racing driver from Switzerland.

Career[edit]

Karting[edit]

Like many of today's racing drivers, Leimer started his career in karting back in 2003, when he won the Swiss Junior Championship. He finished runner-up in the same category the following season before finishing second in the Swiss Championship ICA in 2006.

Formula BMW[edit]

In 2006, Leimer graduated to single-seater racing, competing in the Formula BMW ADAC series in Germany. He started the year with Team Rosberg, but finished the season with a different team, Matson Motorsport. During the year, he accumulated four points to be classified eighteenth in the standings. He also competed in the end-of-season Formula BMW World Final, held in Valencia, where he finished in nineteenth place.

Formula Renault[edit]

The following year, Leimer moved up to Formula Renault, racing in both the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and Italian Formula Renault 2.0 championships for Jenzer Motorsport.

In the Eurocup series, he scored points in three races and took a single fastest lap at Donington Park to end the year in seventeenth place.[1]

In the Italian championship, Leimer scored points in eleven of the fourteen races and took two podium places (at Spa-Francorchamps and Valencia) to be classified eleventh in the standings.[2]

International Formula Master[edit]

In 2008, Leimer progressed to the International Formula Master series, once again racing with Jenzer Motorsport. In a very successful debut season, he finished as runner-up to champion Chris van der Drift, taking three race wins at Estoril, Imola and Monza along with five other podium places. He also helped Jenzer Motorsport finish third in the teams' standings.[3] In the accompanying Formula Master Italia series, Leimer finished in fourth place with one race win (at Mugello) from two starts.

In October 2008, Leimer took part in a three-day Indy Lights prize test with Sam Schmidt Motorsports. The prize test was originally awarded to German driver Michael Ammermüller, but he declined it due to personal reasons.[4]

Leimer continued in the series for 2009, partnering Pål Varhaug, the reigning Italian Formula Renault 2.0 champion.[5] During the first six rounds of the season, he took race wins in Pau, Valencia, Brno, Brands Hatch and Spa-Francorchamps, the latter event supporting the 2009 Belgian Grand Prix.[6] Leimer then sealed the title with his sixth win of the season, at the seventh round in Oschersleben.[7]

GP2 Series[edit]

Leimer won the opening sprint race of the 2010 GP2 Series season in Barcelona.

As a result of finishing championship runner-up in the 2008 Formula Master season, in November of that year, Leimer took part in a prize GP2 test with Italian team Trident Racing at the Paul Ricard circuit in France,[8] and a year later he tested with the DAMS team at the same venue as a prize for winning the Formula Master title.[9]

In October 2009, Leimer tested with Tiago Monteiro's Ocean Racing Technology team at Jerez and later that month he was confirmed as a driver for the team in the 2009–10 GP2 Asia Series season, racing alongside fellow Formula Master graduate Alexander Rossi,[10] and former British Formula Three driver Max Chilton. Leimer continued with the team into the 2010 GP2 Series, and was partnered by Chilton.[11] At the first round of the season in Barcelona, Leimer finished eighth in the feature race, a result which gave him pole position for the reverse grid sprint event which he won from the Rapax Team entry of Luiz Razia.[12] However, he did not score any further points, limiting himself to nineteenth place in the drivers' championship.

For 2011, Leimer moved to the Rapax team alongside Julián Leal. He finished fifth overall in the Asia series, and then proceeded to take take his second category win in the main series. As was the case the previous year, the victory came in the sprint race at the Catalunya circuit, and he again set the fastest lap in the process, although on this occasion he owed his reverse-grid pole position to Romain Grosjean's disqualification from the feature race. Another haul of points at Monza saw him improve to 14th position in the championship standings. He also won the feature race of the non-championship event held at the Yas Marina Circuit. Leimer switched to the Racing Engineering team for 2012, where he partnered Nathanaël Berthon. Despite failing to win a race during the season, his improved consistency, consisting of six podium finishes, saw him improve to seventh place in the drivers' championship. Leimer took the GP2 driver's championship title in 2013, with seven podium finishes and three wins.

FIA World Endurance Championship[edit]

In 2014, Leimer joined the Swiss team Rebellion Racing for the FIA World Endurance Championship after testing for the team at the pre-season "Prologue".[13] This will be Leimer's first experience driving sports cars.

Race of Champions[edit]

One of motor sport’s brightest talents as newly crowned GP2 Series Champion Fabio Leimer had signed up for the event at Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium on December 14–15.[14] Due to the postponement of that event it is unknown if he will compete in the rescheduled version as of yet.

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2006 Formula BMW ADAC Team Rosberg 18 0 0 0 0 4 18th
Matson Motorsport
2007 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Jenzer Motorsport 14 0 0 1 0 17 17th
Italian Formula Renault 2.0 14 0 0 0 2 161 11th
2008 International Formula Master Jenzer Motorsport 16 3 1 3 8 79 2nd
Formula Master Italia 2 1 1 2 1 48 4th
2009 International Formula Master Jenzer Motorsport 16 7 6 12 9 106 1st
2009–10 GP2 Asia Series Ocean Racing Technology 7 0 0 0 0 0 31st
2010 GP2 Series Ocean Racing Technology 20 1 0 1 1 8 19th
2011 GP2 Series Rapax 18 1 0 1 2 15 14th
GP2 Asia Series 4 0 0 0 1 9 5th
GP2 Final Racing Engineering 2 1 1 1 1 13 1st
2012 GP2 Series Racing Engineering 24 0 1 2 6 152 7th
2013 GP2 Series Racing Engineering 22 3 1 1 7 201 1st

* Season in progress.

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 21 22 23 24 DC Points
2010 Ocean Racing Technology ESP
FEA

8
ESP
SPR

1
MON
FEA

Ret
MON
SPR

17
TUR
FEA

13
TUR
SPR

15
VAL
FEA

Ret
VAL
SPR

Ret
GBR
FEA

17
GBR
SPR

13
GER
FEA

21
GER
SPR

Ret
HUN
FEA

Ret
HUN
SPR

11
BEL
FEA

12
BEL
SPR

Ret
ITA
FEA

Ret
ITA
SPR

DNS
ABU
FEA

Ret
ABU
SPR

15
19th 8
2011 Rapax TUR
FEA

Ret
TUR
SPR

20
ESP
FEA

8
ESP
SPR

1
MON
FEA

9
MON
SPR

7
VAL
FEA

Ret
VAL
SPR

14
GBR
FEA

15
GBR
SPR

11
GER
FEA

DSQ
GER
SPR

8
HUN
FEA

11
HUN
SPR

11
BEL
FEA

Ret
BEL
SPR

Ret
ITA
FEA

7
ITA
SPR

2
14th 15
2012 Racing Engineering MYS
FEA

4
MYS
SPR

6
BHR1
FEA

7
BHR1
SPR

12
BHR2
FEA

2
BHR2
SPR

8
ESP
FEA

12
ESP
SPR

11
MON
FEA

18
MON
SPR

Ret
VAL
FEA

4
VAL
SPR

3
GBR
FEA

14
GBR
SPR

9
GER
FEA

2
GER
SPR

4
HUN
FEA

9
HUN
SPR

14
BEL
FEA

Ret
BEL
SPR

5
ITA
FEA

5
ITA
SPR

2
SGP
FEA

3
SGP
SPR

3
7th 152
2013 Racing Engineering MYS
FEA

1
MYS
SPR

12
BHR
FEA

1
BHR
SPR

9
ESP
FEA

18
ESP
SPR

9
MON
FEA

Ret
MON
SPR

13
GBR
FEA

4
GBR
SPR

15
GER
FEA

4
GER
SPR

3
HUN
FEA

4
HUN
SPR

3
BEL
FEA

4
BEL
SPR

5
ITA
FEA

1
ITA
SPR

6
SGP
FEA

5
SGP
SPR

3
ABU
FEA

4
ABU
SPR

3
1st 201

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 Ocean Racing Technology ABU1
FEA

17
ABU1
SPR

Ret
ABU2
FEA

Ret
ABU2
SPR

Ret
BHR1
FEA

20
BHR1
SPR

15
BHR2
FEA

Ret
BHR2
SPR

DNS
31st 0
2011 Rapax ABU
FEA

10
ABU
SPR

6
ITA
FEA

6
ITA
SPR

2
5th 9

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Rank Points
2014 Rebellion Racing LMP1 Lola B12/60 Toyota (RV8KLM 3.4 L V8) SIL
Ret
SPA
Ret
LMS
Ret
COA
FUJ
SHA
BHR
SÃO
NC* 0*

* Season in progress

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2014 Switzerland Rebellion Racing Austria Dominik Kraihamer
Italy Andrea Belicchi
Rebellion R-One-Toyota LMP1-L 73 DNF DNF

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup 2007". driverdb.com. Retrieved 2009-06-30. 
  2. ^ "Formula Renault 2.0 Italy 2007". driverdb.com. Retrieved 2009-06-30. 
  3. ^ "2008 International Formula Masters". Speedsport Magazine. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
  4. ^ "Leimer in the US for Formula Master rookie prize". formulamaster.net. 2008-10-25. Retrieved 2009-06-30. [dead link]
  5. ^ "2008 Formula Master Vice-Champion returns". formulamaster.net. 2009-02-04. Retrieved 2009-06-29. [dead link]
  6. ^ Straw, Edd (2009-08-30). "Rossi takes second IFM season win". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  7. ^ English, Steven (2009-09-05). "Leimer wraps up IFM title with victory". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2009-09-05. 
  8. ^ "Leimer enjoys GP2 test". crash.net. 2008-11-13. Retrieved 2009-06-30. 
  9. ^ "IFM champion claims GP2 Series prize". formulamaster.net (International Formula Master). 2009-11-11. Retrieved 2010-05-11. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Ocean Racing Technology prepares for the first GP2 Asia Series races". oceanracingtech.com (Ocean Racing Technology). 2009-10-18. Retrieved 2009-10-20. 
  11. ^ "Ocean reveals 2010 GP2 line-up". crash.net (Crash Media Group). 2009-12-15. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  12. ^ "Leimer dominates Barcelona sprint". crash.net (Crash Media Group). 2010-05-09. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  13. ^ Dagys, John. "Leimer Confirmed at Rebellion for LMP1 Campaign". sportscar365.com. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "GP2 Series Champion Fabio Leimer joins ROC line-up". Race of Champions. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Chris van der Drift
International Formula Master
Champion

2009
Succeeded by
Series folded
Preceded by
Davide Valsecchi
GP2 Series
Champion

2013
Succeeded by
Incumbent