Gianmaria Bruni

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Gianmaria Bruni
Gianmaria Bruni 2012 WEC Fuji.jpg
Gianmaria Bruni in 2012
Born (1981-05-30) 30 May 1981 (age 33)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Italy Italian
Active years 2004
Teams Minardi
Races 18
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 2004 Australian Grand Prix
Last race 2004 Brazilian Grand Prix
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 2008 -
Teams Risi Competizione, AF Corse
Best finish 13th (2011)
Class wins 2 (2008, 2012), 2014)

Gianmaria "Gimmi" Bruni (born 30 May 1981 in Rome) is an Italian racing driver who in 2004 drove in Formula One with the Minardi team, and is now racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship.[1]

Career[edit]

At age ten Bruni lied about his age (twelve was the minimum age for competition) to the director of La Pista d'Oro, a kart racetrack in Rome, in order to begin an amateur karting career.

His first experience racing cars was in Italian Formula Renault Campus in 1997; he won the title in 1998 and moved on to European Formula Renault 2.0. He won the European title in 1999 and moved on to British Formula 3, where he came fifth in 2000 and fourth in 2001. After racing in various similar European series like the Euro Formula 3000, he caught the attention of Minardi, for whom he tested in 2003; the biggest struggle of his career, however, was finding enough sponsorship to compete for Minardi in 2004.

Bruni did, in fact, join Minardi for the 2004 Formula One season, though he struggled in a car which was considerably less developed than the rest of the grid. He was one of only two drivers to contest the majority of the season without scoring any World Championship points.

In 2005, Bruni competed in the GP2 Series, a single-seater championship which is part of the F1 support package and which is intended to be its feeder series. He won his first GP2 race in Barcelona on the 7 May. Bruni left the Coloni GP2 team in September, just before the races at Monza. Joining up with the Durango team, Bruni started on pole position for the next event at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.

Bruni competed in the 2006 GP2 Series for the new Trident Racing team. He won two races for the team, the feature race at Imola and the feature race at Hockenheim.

For 2007, he switched to the sportscar racing as he joined the FIA GT Championship with Team AF Corse MOTOROLA in a Ferrari 430 GT3. He and his teammate Stéphane Ortelli finished the season 2nd in the GT2 class with 3 wins.

After competing in the American Le Mans Series for Risi Competizione, Bruni shifted focus to Europe for 2011, teaming with Giancarlo Fisichella in an AF Corse Ferrari F458 Italia, winning the driver's and team's championship in the LM GTE Pro class of the Le Mans Series and helping win the team's championship in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup. Bruni finished 2nd at the Le Mans 24hrs and won the Petit Le Mans.

At the 2012 12 Hours of Sebring, Bruni disqualified his car by attempting to shunt off the BMW M3 GT of Joey Hand on the last lap to help the sister car of Olivier Beretta to win the overall grand touring classification, though the BMW was in a different class and the car would not have classified anyways because it did not make 70% of the race leader's distance.

In the 80th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2012, Bruni and the AF Corse Team scored first place in the GTE-Pro class along with his co-drivers Toni Vilander and Giancarlo Fisichella; their Ferrari 458 Italia covered a total of 336 laps (2,845.53 miles) of the Circuit de la Sarthe.[2][3]

Bruni scored three wins and two second places at the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship, so he won the GTE-Pro teams trophy and the GTE drivers and manufacturers cups.

Racing record[edit]

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 WDC Points
2003 European Minardi Cosworth Minardi PS03 Cosworth V10 AUS
MAL
BRA
SMR
ESP
AUT
MON
CAN
EUR
FRA
GBR
GER
TD
HUN
TD
ITA
TD
USA
TD
JPN
TD
- -
2004 Minardi Cosworth Minardi PS04B Cosworth V10 AUS
NC
MAL
14
BHR
17
SMR
Ret
ESP
Ret
MON
Ret
EUR
14
CAN
Ret
USA
Ret
FRA
18
GBR
16
GER
17
HUN
14
BEL
Ret
ITA
Ret
CHN
Ret
JPN
16
BRA
17
25th 0

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 DC Points
2005 Coloni Motorsport SMR
FEA

4
SMR
SPR

4
ESP
FEA

1
ESP
SPR

Ret
MON
FEA

2
EUR
FEA

8
EUR
SPR

Ret
FRA
FEA

18
FRA
SPR

11
GBR
FEA

7
GBR
SPR

11
GER
FEA

NC
GER
SPR

14
HUN
FEA

10
HUN
SPR

8
TUR
FEA

Ret
TUR
SPR

9
ITA
FEA
ITA
SPR
10th 35
Durango BEL
FEA

Ret
BEL
SPR

16
BHR
FEA

Ret
BHR
SPR

14
2006 Trident Racing VAL
FEA

6
VAL
SPR

5
SMR
FEA

1
SMR
SPR

Ret
EUR
FEA

Ret
EUR
SPR

16
ESP
FEA

Ret
ESP
SPR

17
MON
FEA

Ret
GBR
FEA

Ret
GBR
SPR

15
FRA
FEA

Ret
FRA
SPR

Ret
GER
FEA

1
GER
SPR

6
HUN
FEA

Ret
HUN
SPR

8
TUR
FEA

Ret
TUR
SPR

15
ITA
FEA

Ret
ITA
SPR

9
7th 33

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2008 United States Risi Competizione Finland Mika Salo
Brazil Jaime Melo
Ferrari F430 GT2 GT2 326 19th 1st
2009 Italy AF Corse Argentina Luís Pérez Companc
Argentina Matías Russo
Ferrari F430 GT2 GT2 317 26th 6th
2010 United States Risi Competizione Brazil Jaime Melo
Germany Pierre Kaffer
Ferrari F430 GT2 GT2 116 DNF DNF
2011 Italy AF Corse Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
Finland Toni Vilander
Ferrari 458 Italia GTC GTE
Pro
314 13th 2nd
2012 Italy AF Corse Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
Finland Toni Vilander
Ferrari 458 Italia GTC GTE
Pro
336 17th 1st
2013 Italy AF Corse Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
Italy Matteo Malucelli
Ferrari 458 Italia GTC GTE
Pro
311 22nd 6th
2014 Italy AF Corse Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
Finland Toni Vilander
Ferrari 458 Italia GTC GTE
Pro
339 13th 1st

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results[edit]

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

Year Entrant Class Car Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Rank Points
2012 AF Corse LMGTE Pro Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Ferrari F142 4.5L V8 SEB
EX
SPA
2
LMS
1
SIL
1
SÃO
1
BHR FUJ
2
SHA
Ret
1st † 136
2013 AF Corse LMGTE Pro Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Ferrari F142 4.5L V8 SIL
5
SPA
1
LMS
5
SÃO
1
COA
2
FUJ
2
SHA
4
BHR
1
1st 145
2014 AF Corse LMGTE Pro Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Ferrari 4.5 L V8 SIL
4
SPA
1
LMS
1
COA
FUJ
SHA
BHR
SÃO
1st* 90*

* Season in progress
There was no drivers championship that year, the result indicates rank in the LMGTE Pro Trophy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stephane Samson (20 January 2005). The Official Formula 1 Season Review 2004. MotorBooks International. pp. 23–. ISBN 978-0-7603-2174-4. Retrieved 14 April 2010. 
  2. ^ http://live.lemans-tv.com/
  3. ^ "Formula 1™ - The Official F1™ Website". Formula1.com. 2012-06-18. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bruno Besson
Eurocup Formula Renault champion
1999
Succeeded by
Felipe Massa
Preceded by
Soheil Ayari
International GT Open champion
2012
with Federico Leo
Succeeded by
Andrea Montermini
Preceded by
none
FIA World Endurance Cup for GT Drivers
2013
Succeeded by
Incumbent