Filipe Albuquerque

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Filipe Miguel Albuquerque
Filipe Albuquerque.jpg
Albuquerque in 2011.
Nationality  Portuguese
Born (1985-06-13) 13 June 1985 (age 29)
Coimbra (Portugal)
2014 FIA World Endurance Championship
Debut season 2014
Current team Audi Sport Team Joest
Car no. 3
Starts 2
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Previous series
20092010
2007–08-2008–09
20072008
2007
2006
200506

2005

2005

2011-2013
Superstars Series
A1 Grand Prix
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
GP2 Series
Formula Renault NEC
Formula Renault Eurocup
Formula Renault Germany
Spanish F3 Championship
Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters
Championship titles
2006
2006
Formula Renault Eurocup
Formula Renault NEC
Awards
2006 Red Bull Junior of the Year

Filipe Miguel Delgadinho Albuquerque (born 13 June 1985 in Coimbra) is a Portuguese race car driver, currently driving in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Career[edit]

Albuquerque driving for Epsilon Euskadi at the Donington Park round of the 2007 Formula Renault 3.5 Series season.

Filipe Albuquerque started his motor racing career in karting in 1993, "I started karting as a joke, but it quickly became more and more serious" Albuquerque recalled, "It's really hard to get sponsorship to go racing. Without Red Bull I would probably be at home studying" he added.[1] The young Portuguese driver went onto win two national karting titles before moving up to Spanish Formula Three with the help of Red Bull. But later, Albuquerque was moved up to the Formula Renault, "a driver was fired from Red Bull" The Portuguese commented, "and I was told I would do the Renault 2.0-litre race in Zolder."[1] Albuquerque was the fastest driver for the team during the race and so became the permanent replacement and was also called into the Formula Renault German series.

Albuquerque finished sixth in the Spanish Formula Three championship, fifth in the Formula Renault Eurocup and third in the Formula Renault Germany series, finishing as a highest positioned rookie in all three championships.[1] In 2006, Albuquerque raced in two championships, the Formula Renault Eurocup championship and the North European Formula Renault championship, where he won the Drivers' title in both series.

For 2007, Albuquerque entered the Formula Renault 3.5 Series championship with the Epsilon Euskadi team, and finished fourth in the drivers' championship. He was also chosen as replacement of Ernesto Viso in the Silverstone round of GP2 Series, following the Venezuelan's accident at Magny-Cours. Albuquerque remained in Formula Renault 3.5 for 2008, but only competed in four races, as he focussed on the A1 Grand Prix series.

Albuquerque made his A1 GP début in the 2007–08 season, replacing João Urbano at A1 Team Portugal mid-season. He finished every race he started in the points, including three podium finishes, and the team finished eleventh in that year's championship. He returned for the 2008–09 season as the team's sole driver, and finished third overall after a campaign which saw him take Portugal's first series win, in China. He was retained for the 2009–10 season, but the series ran into financial trouble and the new season was cancelled before it began.

With his single-seater career prospects looking bleak, Albuquerque moved to Italian GT racing when it became apparent that the A1 GP series had died. He moved to the Italian GT3 Championship for part of the 2009 season, driving an Audi R8 LMS. He also made an appearance at one of the race meetings for the 2009 Superstars Series season, a touring car championship, and finished second in both races, driving an Audi RS4. For 2010, he competed in the Italian GT3 Championship full-time, finishing as joint-runner up in the series with his Audi R8 LMS co-driver Marco Bonanomi, behind champion Gianluca Roda in a Porsche 997 GT3. He also made another Superstars guest appearance for Audi, winning one of the races at his home event, held at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve.

Albuquerque competed in the 2010 Race of Champions event at Düsseldorf. He was partnered with Portuguese countryman Álvaro Parente in the Cup of Nations, where they were knocked out in the group stage. In the individual Champion of Champions competition, however, Albuquerque scored a surprise victory, defeating Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel in the semi-final and multiple World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb in the final.

In 2011, Albuquerque competed in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, driving a 2008-spec Audi A4, also entering the Blancpain Endurance Series in an Audi R8 entered by Belgian team WRT, which finished second overall on the final standings.

In 2013, Albuquerque made his debut in the 24 Hours of Daytona driving an Audi R8 Grand-Am for Alex Job Racing in the GT class. He won the class as part of an Audi 1-2 finish.

In 2014, Albuquerque was no longer racing in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters. He raced in the European Le Mans Series in the LMP2 category and finished as runner up on the drivers' standings.He was also a part of Audi's official team for the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2005 Formula Renault 2.0 Germany Motopark Oschersleben 14 4 6 5 8 273 3rd
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Motopark Academy 14 0 1 0 2 63 5th
Spanish Formula Three Racing Engineering 12 1 1 0 3 52 6th
2006 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Motopark Academy 14 4 4 1 4 99 1st
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 14 4 2 1 10 312 1st
2007 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Epsilon Euskadi 17 1 0 1 2 81 4th
GP2 Series Racing Engineering 4 0 0 0 0 0 32nd
Arden International
2007–08 A1 Grand Prix A1 Team Portugal 8 0 0 0 3 59 11th
2008 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Epsilon Euskadi 4 0 0 0 0 12 21st
2008–09 A1 Grand Prix A1 Team Portugal 14 1 0 2 6 92 3rd
2009 Italian GT Championship – GT3 Audi Sport Italia 2 1 0 0 2 34 18th
Campionato Italiano Superstars 2 0 0 0 2 30 13th
International Superstars Series 2 0 0 0 2 30 11th
2010 Italian GT Championship – GT3 Audi Sport Italia 14 2 1 1 9 144 2nd
Campionato Italiano Superstars 2 1 0 0 1 20 15th
International Superstars Series 2 1 0 0 1 20 13th
2011 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Team Rosberg 10 0 0 0 1 9 12th
Blancpain Endurance Series – GT3 Pro Cup Belgian Audi Club 5 0 1 0 3 74 3rd
Italian GT Championship – GT3 Audi Sport Italia 14 2 1 1 9 30 13th
2012 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Team Rosberg 10 0 0 0 0 26 11th

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 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 DC Points
2007 Epsilon Euskadi MNZ
1

4
MNZ
2

6
NÜR
1

5
NÜR
2

2
MON
1

11
HUN
1

1
HUN
2

8
SPA
1

12
SPA
2

4
DON
1

15
DON
2

6
MAG
1

Ret
MAG
2

25
EST
1

5
EST
2

5
CAT
1

13
CAT
2

5
4th 81
2008 Epsilon Euskadi MNZ
1

MNZ
2

SPA
1

SPA
2

MON
1

SIL
1

SIL
2

HUN
1

HUN
2

NÜR
1

NÜR
2

BUG
1

BUG
2

EST
1

10
EST
2

9
CAT
1

4
CAT
2

9
21st 12

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 DC Points
2007 Racing Engineering BHR
FEA
BHR
SPR
ESP
FEA
ESP
SPR
MON
FEA
FRA
FEA
FRA
SPR
GBR
FEA

15
GBR
SPR

14
EUR
FEA
EUR
SPR
HUN
FEA
HUN
SPR
TUR
FEA
TUR
SPR
ITA
FEA
ITA
SPR
BEL
FEA
BEL
SPR
32nd 0
Arden International VAL
FEA

10
VAL
SPR

10

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 DC Points
2007–08 A1 Team Portugal NED
SPR

NED
FEA

CZE
SPR

CZE
FEA

MYS
SPR

MYS
FEA

CHN
SPR

CHN
FEA

NZL
SPR

NZL
FEA

AUS
SPR

AUS
FEA

RSA
SPR

7
RSA
FEA

3
MEX
SPR

6
MEX
FEA

7
CHN
SPR

3
CHN
FEA

2
GBR
SPR

6
GBR
SPR

7
11th 59
2008–09 NED
SPR

9
NED
FEA

Ret
CHN
SPR

6
CHN
FEA

1
MYS
SPR

4
MYS
FEA

2
NZL
SPR

6
NZL
FEA

3
RSA
SPR

2
RSA
FEA

5
POR
SPR

3
POR
FEA

2
GBR
SPR

5
GBR
SPR

5
3rd 92

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 Team Rosberg Audi A4 DTM 2008 HOC
17
ZAN
Ret
SPL
12
LAU
8
NOR
16
NÜR
9
BRH
11
OSC
Ret
VAL
2
HOC
10
12th 9
2012 Team Rosberg Audi A5 DTM HOC
10
LAU
9
BRH
10
SPL
8
NOR
11
NÜR
8
ZAN
15†
OSC
9
VAL
4
HOC
11
11th 26
2013 Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM HOC
16
BRH
17
SPL
17
LAU
18
NOR
12
MSC
13
NÜR
11
OSC
4
ZAN
8
HOC
Ret
18th 16

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Rank Points
2014 Audi Sport Team Joest LMP1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro Audi TDI 4.0 L Turbo V6
(Diesel)
SIL
SPA
6
LMS
Ret
COA
FUJ
SHA
BHR
SÃO
22nd 8

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2014 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Italy Marco Bonanomi
United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis
Audi R18 e-tron quattro LMP1-H 25 DNF DNF

Complete European Le Mans Series Championship results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 Rank Points
2014 Jota Sport LMP2 Zytek Z11SN Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL
Ret
IMO
1
RBR
2
LEC
4
EST
3
2nd 74

* Season in progress

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Interview with Filipe Albuquerque. Autosport Magazine, Vol. 187, No. 11, pp. 55, Haymarket Publications. March 15, 2007.

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kamui Kobayashi
Eurocup Formula Renault champion
2006
Succeeded by
Brendon Hartley
Preceded by
Pekka Saarinen
(German Championship)
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC
Drivers' Champion

2006
Succeeded by
Frank Kechele
Preceded by
Mattias Ekström
Race of Champions
Champion of Champions

2010
Succeeded by
Sébastien Ogier
Awards
Preceded by
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Red Bull Junior of the Year
2006
Succeeded by
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