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Felipe Nasr

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Not to be confused with Felipe Massa.
Felipe Nasr
Felipe Nasr 2015 Malaysia.jpg
Born Luiz Felipe de Oliveira Nasr
(1992-08-21) 21 August 1992 (age 22)
Brasília, Brazil
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Brazil Brazilian
Team Sauber-Ferrari[1]
Car number 12
Races 4 (4 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 14
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 2015 Australian Grand Prix
Last race 2015 Bahrain Grand Prix
Previous series
201214
201011
2009
2009
2008
GP2 Series
British Formula Three
Formula BMW Europe
Formula BMW Pacific
Formula BMW Americas
Championship titles
2011
2009
British Formula Three
Formula BMW Europe

Luiz Felipe de Oliveira Nasr (born 21 August 1992) is a Brazilian racing driver. He was the 2009 Formula BMW Europe champion and the 2011 British Formula Three champion.

After a year as the official test driver for Williams in 2014, he has joined Sauber as a full-time Formula One driver in 2015.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Karting[edit]

Born in Brasília, DF, Nasr began karting in Brazil when he was seven years old. Between 2000 and 2007 he won several championship titles in Brazil.[3]

Formula BMW[edit]

2008

Nasr made his open-wheel racing debut in the final round of the 2008 Formula BMW Americas season at Interlagos, which supported the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix, claiming a podium finish in the second race in a championship that was dominated by Alexander Rossi.[3]

2009

Nasr moved to the European championship of Formula BMW in 2009 for EuroInternational. He finished 14 of the 16 races in the top two, won 6 races, 5 pole-positions and claimed the title by 104 points from team-mate Daniel Juncadella. As the championship was held by BMW, that was link to Sauber in that season, Nasr was called to test an F1 racing car of Sauber, but with the end of BMW in F1, this test couldn't happen and didn't happen.

Felipe Nasr driving at Spa-Francorchamps for EuroInternational.

Formula Three[edit]

2010

For the 2010, Nasr moved into the British Formula Three Championship with Räikkönen Robertson Racing, joining a three-car team alongside the team's 2009 drivers Carlos Huertas and Daisuke Nakajima.[4] In addition to signing for the team, Nasr has also been signed to Robertson Management, the organisation that manages the career of former Formula One world champion Kimi Räikkönen. Nasr finished the 2010 British Formula Three season in the 5th position.[5]

2011

Nasr signed with Carlin Motorsport for the 2011 Championship also had him win the Sunoco Rolex 24 at Daytona Challenge, a special joint racing programme among series in the United Kingdom that use Sunoco Racing Fuel. The winner of that challenge won a drive in the 2012 Rolex 24 at Daytona. He was third in the Daytona 24 Hour.[6] Nasr claimed the title of the 2011 British Formula Three season, 123 points ahead of his team mate, Kevin Magnussen.

In the 2012 Rolex 24 at Daytona, Nasr finished third overall and in class, driving a second generation Riley prototype for Michael Shank Racing.

GP2 Series[edit]

2012

Nasr signed with DAMS to race in the 2012 GP2 Series season with the support of Brazilian sponsors Banco do Brasil and Eike Batista's OGX.[7] Nasr's best results were a 2nd place in the Race 2 of the Belgian round and a 4th place in the Race 1 of the German round. He was teamed with the experienced Davide Valsecchi, who won the drivers' championship; Nasr's tenth place in the standings allowed DAMS to win the teams' championship as well. He took four podium finishes, with a best finish of second at Spa, and was the second highest-placed rookie overall, behind James Calado.

2013

For the 2013 GP2 Series season Nasr moved to Carlin, partnering British Jolyon Palmer. Nasr believed that he would be a title contender, alongside James Calado and Marcus Ericsson, and hoped to be driving an F1 car at the end of the year. Nasr finished the 2013 campaign 4th overall in the standings.

2014
Nasr competing for Carlin, during the 2014 GP2 Series season, at Silverstone. Nasr won the sprint race at Silverstone – his third of four victories in 2014 – en route to third in the championship.

Nasr remained with Carlin for the 2014 season, partnering Colombian Julián Leal. He took his first GP2 win in the sprint race in Barcelona.[8] He also achieved wins at the Red Bull Ring,[9] Silverstone,[10] and Spa-Francorchamps.[11] Throughout the season, he was involved in a fight for the championship with former teammate Jolyon Palmer, losing out in Russia.[12] Nasr finished third overall, after losing second place by five points, to rookie Stoffel Vandoorne at Yas Marina.[13]

Formula One[edit]

2014

It was confirmed on 22 February 2014 that Nasr would be joining Williams as the team's reserve driver, participating in three tests and five free practice sessions across the course of the season.[14] He made his first appearance in first practice in the Bahrain Grand Prix replacing Valtteri Bottas.

Sauber (2015)[edit]

Nasr driving for Sauber at the 2015 Malaysian Grand Prix

On 5 November 2014, it was announced that Nasr would drive for Sauber in 2015.[2] In his first race with the team in Australia, Nasr finished in fifth position, the highest placing for a Brazilian driver making their Grand Prix début.[15][16]

Personal life[edit]

Nasr lists his favourite hobbies as sports, fishing and mechanics,[17] he cites Star Wars and the James Bond film series as his favourite films,[18] his favourite driver as Ayrton Senna,[17] and his favourite circuit as Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.[17] Felipe is the nephew of Amir Nasr, who owns one of the most successful South American Formula Three racing teams that helped with the progression of many Brazilian drivers in junior formula, such as Hélio Castroneves, Vitor Meira, Antônio Pizzonia, Luciano Burti, Bruno Junqueira, Cristiano da Matta, Mario Haberfeld, Max Wilson, Átila Abreu and Sérgio Jimenez. Nasr's favourite musical artists include Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and Dire Straits[19] Nasr is multilingual with the ability to speak Portuguese, English and Italian [19]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2008 Formula BMW Americas Amir Nasr Racing 2 0 0 0 1 25 10th
2009 Formula BMW Europe EuroInternational 16 5 6 6 14 392 1st
Formula BMW Pacific 3 2 2 2 2 0† NC†
2010 British Formula Three Räikkönen Robertson Racing 30 1 1 3 4 136 5th
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 11th
2011 British Formula Three Carlin 30 7 4 8 17 318 1st
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 1 N/A 2nd
2012 24 Hours of Daytona Michael Shank Racing 1 0 0 0 1 30 3rd
GP2 Series DAMS 24 0 0 0 4 95 10th
Formula 3 Euro Series Carlin 2 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 5th
2013 GP2 Series Carlin 22 0 0 0 6 154 4th
2014 Formula One Williams Martini Racing Test driver
GP2 Series Carlin 22 4 1 2 10 224 3rd
2015 Formula One Sauber F1 Team 4 0 0 0 0 14* 8th*

† – As Nasr was a guest driver, he was ineligible for points.
* 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
2012 DAMS MYS
FEA

6
MYS
SPR

3
BHR1
FEA

Ret
BHR1
SPR

6
BHR2
FEA

11
BHR2
SPR

5
ESP
FEA

11
ESP
SPR

9
MON
FEA

17
MON
SPR

Ret
VAL
FEA

Ret
VAL
SPR

14
GBR
FEA

6
GBR
SPR

3
GER
FEA

4
GER
SPR

3
HUN
FEA

25
HUN
SPR

8
BEL
FEA

8
BEL
SPR

2
ITA
FEA

Ret
ITA
SPR

21
SGP
FEA

6
SGP
SPR

7
10th 95
2013 Carlin MYS
FEA

4
MYS
SPR

2
BHR
FEA

4
BHR
SPR

2
ESP
FEA

2
ESP
SPR

3
MON
FEA

4
MON
SPR

4
GBR
FEA

Ret
GBR
SPR

7
GER
FEA

9
GER
SPR

4
HUN
FEA

3
HUN
SPR

5
BEL
FEA

Ret
BEL
SPR

8
ITA
FEA

Ret
ITA
SPR

12
SGP
FEA

2
SGP
SPR

16
ABU
FEA

7
ABU
SPR

18
4th 154
2014 Carlin BHR
FEA

8
BHR
SPR

4
ESP
FEA

3
ESP
SPR

1
MON
FEA

3
MON
SPR

Ret
AUT
FEA

1
AUT
SPR

Ret
GBR
FEA

7
GBR
SPR

1
GER
FEA

5
GER
SPR

2
HUN
FEA

6
HUN
SPR

3
BEL
FEA

4
BEL
SPR

1
ITA
FEA

6
ITA
SPR

6
RUS
FEA

17
RUS
SPR

3
ABU
FEA

4
ABU
SPR

2
3rd 224

Complete Formula One results[edit]

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

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
2014 Williams Martini Racing Williams FW36 Mercedes PU106A Hybrid 1.6 V6 t AUS MAL BHR
TD
CHN
TD
ESP
TD
MON CAN AUT GBR GER HUN BEL ITA SIN JPN RUS USA
TD
BRA
TD
ABU  –  –
2015 Sauber F1 Team Sauber C34 Ferrari 1.6 V6 t AUS
5
MAL
12
CHN
8
BHR
12
ESP MON CAN AUT GBR HUN BEL ITA SIN JPN RUS USA MEX BRA ABU 8th* 14*

* Season in progress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Felipe Nasr to drive for Sauber in 2015". BBC Sport. 6 November 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Sauber F1 Team announces Felipe Nasr as its driver for 2015". Sauber. 5 November 2014. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Introducing Luiz Felipe Nasr". Autosport 197 (9). 27 August 2009. p. 59. 
  4. ^ Freeman, Glenn (ed.) (14 January 2010). "Pit & Paddock: Nasr lands Double R British F3 seat". Autosport 199 (2). p. 25. 
  5. ^ Beer, Matt (21 January 2010). "Robertsons to manage Nasr's career". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 21 January 2010. 
  6. ^ Sunoco Daytona Challenge – September 5, Nasr wins Formula 3 Championship and Maintains Challenge Lead
  7. ^ Elizalde, Pablo (16 February 2012). "British F3 champion Felipe Nasr will race in GP2 with DAMS". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "Felipe Nasr beats Jolyon Palmer to claim first win". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). 11 May 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  9. ^ Bradley, Charles (21 June 2014). "Williams F1 reserve Felipe Nasr wins for Carlin". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "Nasr shines in Silverstone Sprint Race". GP2 Series (GP2 Motorsport Limited). 6 July 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  11. ^ Bradley, Charles (24 August 2014). "Felipe Nasr scores fourth victory of the season". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  12. ^ Esler, William (11 October 2014). "Jolyon Palmer clinches GP2 drivers' title with Feature Race win in Russia". Sky Sports (BSkyB). Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  13. ^ "Coletti wins race, Vandoorne second in championship". Crash.net (Crash Media Group). 23 November 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  14. ^ Smith, Luke (22 February 2014). "Felipe Nasr becomes Williams reserve driver". richlandf1.com. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  15. ^ Barretto, Lawrence (15 March 2015). "Lewis Hamilton beats Nico Rosberg to win". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
  16. ^ "Melbourne stats - Nasr ends Sauber's pointless streak in style". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 15 March 2015. Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
  17. ^ a b c "Formula BMW Europe. 2009 Championship Guide." (PDF). bmw-motorsport.com. Retrieved 11 October 2009. 
  18. ^ "Felipe Nasr takes Europe title". 2 October 2009. Retrieved 11 January 2015. 
  19. ^ a b "Felipe Nasr". Sauber F1 Team. Retrieved March 16, 2015. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Esteban Gutiérrez
Formula BMW Europe
Champion

2009
Succeeded by
Robin Frijns
Preceded by
Jean-Éric Vergne
British Formula Three
Champion

2011
Succeeded by
Jack Harvey