Jérôme d'Ambrosio

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Jérôme d'Ambrosio
Jerome D'Ambrosio (cropped).jpg
Jérôme d'Ambrosio in Melbourne, March 2012
Nationality Belgium Belgian
Born (1985-12-27) 27 December 1985 (age 29)
Etterbeek, Belgium
2014 Formula E
Debut season 2014
Current team Dragon Racing
Car no. 6
Starts 3
Championships 0
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 20112012
Teams Virgin, Lotus
Races 20 (20 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 2011 Australian Grand Prix
Last race 2012 Italian Grand Prix
2012 position 23rd (0 pts)

Jérôme d'Ambrosio (born 27 December 1985 in Etterbeek, Belgium) is a Belgian racing driver of Italian descent. He drove for Marussia Virgin Racing during the 2011 Formula One World Championship. As a result of the one-race ban given to Romain Grosjean for actions at the start of the 2012 Belgian Grand Prix, d'Ambrosio replaced the Frenchman for the 2012 Italian Grand Prix.

Career[edit]

Karting[edit]

D'Ambrosio began his career in karting, between 1997 and 2002. He was a three-time Belgian champion, winning the Mini class in 1999, Junior in 2000, and Formula A in 2002. He won the Junior Monaco Kart Cup in 2000, and won World Cup Formula A in 2002.

Formula Renault[edit]

D'Ambrosio moved into single-seaters in 2003, winning the Belgian Formula Renault (1.6 litre) championship, driving for former Formula One driver and compatriot Thierry Boutsen's team. Also in 2003, d'Ambrosio drove in the German-based Formula König championship finishing fourth in the season standings. He also took part in a test for the Renault F1 Driver Development Programme, which he won, earning him a place on the programme for 2004, although he was not retained for further seasons. He moved into the French Formula Renault 2-litre series for 2004 where he finished fourth in the final standings and was top rookie. He also started seven races in the Eurocup. He switched to the Italian Formula Renault Championship in 2005, finishing fourth, also starting six Eurocup races. In 2006, he drove at the highest level in the Formula Renault hierarchy, the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, for Tech 1 Racing, but left the series after four rounds having not scored any points.

Euroseries 3000[edit]

He switched to the Euroseries 3000, driving for Euronova Racing, taking three podium finishes and ending up fifth in the final standings despite missing the first half of the season. He also took part in a single race meeting of the FIA GT Championship, driving a Gillet Vertigo in the GT2 class.

Formula Master[edit]

For 2007, d'Ambrosio took part in the inaugural season of the International Formula Master series with the Cram Competition team. He won five races, scored 100 points and became the category's first champion.

GP2 Series[edit]

D'Ambrosio driving for DAMS at the Turkish round of the 2009 GP2 Series season.
D'Ambrosio driving for Virgin Racing as the team's third driver at the 2010 Japanese Grand Prix.

For 2008, D'Ambrosio competed in both the GP2 Series and the new GP2 Asia Series for the DAMS team, alongside Kamui Kobayashi. He finished eleventh in the GP2 drivers' championship, with a best finish of two second places. He continued with the team into the 2008–09 GP2 Asia Series season, and despite not taking a single victory, D'Ambrosio managed to finish runner-up to team-mate Kobayashi. He continued with DAMS into the 2009 season, and finished ninth despite failing to achieve a victory. He remained with the team for the 2010 season, as part of DAMS's co-operation with the Renault Formula One team.[1] He took his first series victory at Monaco, but was later rested for two races in favour of Romain Grosjean.[2] He took his first series pole position for his home round, but retired from the feature race whilst leading. Following a podium finish at Monza, he finished twelfth in the drivers' championship.

Formula One[edit]

In January 2010, d'Ambrosio was announced as a reserve driver for Renault F1, rejoining the team's driver programme thanks to its newly formed links with the Gravity Sport Management company that looks after d'Ambrosio.[1]

It was announced on 16 September that d'Ambrosio would replace Lucas di Grassi at Virgin on four occasions during Friday practice: at the Singapore, Japanese, Korean and Brazilian Grands Prix. He broke the news to Belgian TV channel RTBF.[3] At his first Friday Practice in Singapore, he finished 21st, two-tenths behind teammate Timo Glock.

Virgin (2011)[edit]

D'Ambrosio at the 2011 Spanish Grand Prix.

On 21 December 2010, Virgin Racing confirmed that d'Ambrosio would race for the team in 2011.[4] In his first 13 races for the team, d'Ambrosio finished 11 of them with his only retirements coming in Malaysia due to a problem with his car's electronics and in Italy due to gearbox problems. His best finishes have been two 14th places, in Australia and Canada. In his home race, the Belgian Grand Prix, he finished 17th, beating his team-mate Timo Glock.

D'Ambrosio at the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix

In the Virgin garage, d'Ambrosio was affectionately known as 'Custard', with the word pasted on his cockpit when he began testing for the 2011 season at Valencia. Ambrosia is a well-known UK brand of custard and rice pudding.[5]

D'Ambrosio finished the season 24th in the Drivers' Championship, ahead of Glock (whose best finishes were a pair of 15th places), but was replaced by Charles Pic for the 2012 season.[6]

Lotus (2012–2013)[edit]

On 24 January 2012 it was announced that d'Ambrosio would act as reserve driver for Lotus F1 ahead of the 2012 season and be present at all of the season's races along with drivers Kimi Räikkönen and Romain Grosjean. He is also doing co-commentary work for Sky Sports F1 for F1 practice sessions, GP2 and GP3 races and for Belgian French-speaking channel RTBF for F1 races.

D'Ambrosio made his race début for Lotus at the 2012 Italian Grand Prix; he replaced Grosjean, who was banned for one race for causing a multiple collision at the previous round in Belgium.[7] He qualified in 16th place, and started in 15th place due to a 10-place grid drop penalty applied to Pastor Maldonado.[8] He finished in 13th place, on the lead lap, 76 seconds behind.[9]

Blancpain Endurance Series[edit]

For 2014, d'Ambrosio switched from single seaters to GTs, joining Bentley to race a Continental GT3 in the Blancpain Endurance Series alongside Duncan Tappy and Antoine Leclerc.[10]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Name Races Poles Wins Points Position
2003 Formula Renault 1.6 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Racing  ?  ?  ?  ? 1st
Formula König  ?  ?  ?  ? 240 4th
2004 Championnat de France Formula Renault 2.0 Graff Racing 14 0 0 156 4th
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 7 0 0 28 16th
2005 Formula Renault 2.0 Italia Euronova Racing 17 1 1 199 4th
Formula Renault 2.0 Italia Winter Series 2  ? 2 40 3rd
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 6 0 0 22 15th
Italian Formula 3000 Light 1 0 0 9 6th
2006 Euroseries 3000 Euronova Racing 10 0 0 39 5th
Formula Renault 3.5 Series Tech 1 Racing 7 0 0 0 NC
FIA GT Championship Gillet Vertigo Streiff (GT2) 1 0 0 0 NC
2007 International Formula Master Cram Competition 16 1 5 100 1st
2008 GP2 Series DAMS 20 0 0 21 11th
GP2 Asia Series 10 0 0 12 11th
2008–09 GP2 Asia Series DAMS 11 1 0 36 2nd
2009 GP2 Series DAMS 20 0 0 29 9th
2010 GP2 Series DAMS 18 1 1 21 12th
Formula One Renault F1 Team Test driver
Formula One Virgin Racing Test driver
2011 Formula One Marussia Virgin Racing 19 0 0 0 24th
2012 Formula One Lotus F1 Team 1 0 0 0 23rd
2013 Formula One Lotus F1 Team Test driver

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
2008 DAMS ESP
FEA

Ret
ESP
SPR

15
TUR
FEA

Ret
TUR
SPR

Ret
MON
FEA

9
MON
SPR

7
FRA
FEA

6
FRA
SPR

Ret
GBR
FEA

9
GBR
SPR

12
GER
FEA

Ret
GER
SPR

11
HUN
FEA

9
HUN
SPR

Ret
EUR
FEA

5
EUR
SPR

2
BEL
FEA

8
BEL
SPR

2
ITA
FEA

7
ITA
SPR

6
11th 21
2009 DAMS ESP
FEA

3
ESP
SPR

3
MON
FEA

6
MON
SPR

2
TUR
FEA

Ret
TUR
SPR

15
GBR
FEA

19
GBR
SPR

12
GER
FEA

10
GER
SPR

7
HUN
FEA

16
HUN
SPR

Ret
VAL
FEA

9
VAL
SPR

4
BEL
FEA

Ret
BEL
SPR

Ret
ITA
FEA

4
ITA
SPR

4
POR
FEA

Ret
POR
SPR

10
9th 29
2010 DAMS ESP
FEA

Ret
ESP
SPR

10
MON
FEA

8
MON
SPR

1
TUR
FEA

10
TUR
SPR

8
VAL
FEA

Ret
VAL
SPR

8
GBR
FEA

11
GBR
SPR

11
GER
FEA
GER
SPR
HUN
FEA

6
HUN
SPR

Ret
BEL
FEA

Ret
BEL
SPR

Ret
ITA
FEA

5
ITA
SPR

2
ABU
FEA

14
ABU
SPR

8
12th 21

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 9 10 11 12 DC Points
2008 DAMS DUB1
FEA

11
DUB1
SPR

8
IDN
FEA

Ret
IDN
SPR

Ret
MYS
FEA

3
MYS
SPR

Ret
BHR
FEA

11
BHR
SPR

12
DUB2
FEA

7
DUB2
SPR

3
11th 12
2008–09 DAMS CHN
FEA

9
CHN
SPR

5
DUB
FEA

7
DUB
SPR

C
BHR1
FEA

2
BHR1
SPR

3
QAT
FEA

5
QAT
SPR

7
MYS
FEA

Ret
MYS
SPR

DSQ
BHR2
FEA

3
BHR2
SPR

2
2nd 36

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate 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 20 WDC Points
2010 Virgin Racing Virgin VR-01 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 BHR AUS MAL CHN ESP MON TUR CAN EUR GBR GER HUN BEL ITA SIN
TD
JPN
TD
KOR
TD
BRA
TD
ABU
 –  –
2011 Marussia Virgin Racing Virgin MVR-02 Cosworth CA2011 2.4 V8 AUS
14
MAL
Ret
CHN
20
TUR
20
ESP
20
MON
15
CAN
14
EUR
22
GBR
17
GER
18
HUN
19
BEL
17
ITA
Ret
SIN
18
JPN
21
KOR
20
IND
16
ABU
Ret
BRA
19
24th 0
2012 Lotus F1 Team Lotus E20 Renault RS27-2012 2.4 V8 AUS MAL CHN BHR ESP MON CAN EUR GBR GER HUN BEL ITA
13
SIN JPN KOR IND ABU USA BRA 23rd 0

Complete Formula E 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 Pos Points
2014-15 Dragon Racing Spark-Renault SRT 01E BEI
6
PUT
5
PDE
8
BNA
MIA
LBH
MON
BER
LON
6th* 22*

* Season in progress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b English, Steven (1 February 2010). "Renault's d'Ambrosio, Tung join DAMS". autosport.com. Haymarket Publishing. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  2. ^ Beer, Matt (20 July 2010). "Grosjean returns to GP2 in Germany". autosport.com (Haymarket Publishing). Retrieved 2010-07-25. 
  3. ^ Wood, Ryan (19 September 2010). "D'Ambrosio to replace Di Grassi on Fridays". thef1times.com. The F1 Times. 
  4. ^ "Virgin give Jerome D'Ambrosio a racing seat for 2011". BBC News. 21 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-21. 
  5. ^ http://www.yallaf1.com/2011/02/09/dambrosio-aka-custard-to-his-mechanics/
  6. ^ "Marussia Virgin Racing Completes 2012 Race Driver Line-up". Virgin Racing. 27 November 2011. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "D'Ambrosio to replace Grosjean". planet-f1.com (TEAMtalk media). 4 September 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-04. 
  8. ^ "2012 Italian Grand Prix grid". F1Fanatic. Retrieved 2012-09-09. 
  9. ^ "Formula 1 Gran Premio Sandander d'Italia 2012". Formula1.com. 9 September 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-09. 
  10. ^ Watkins, Gary (28 March 2014). "Ex-F1 man Jerome D'Ambrosio gets Bentley Blancpain GT drive". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 16 April 2014. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jan Charouz
International Formula Master champion
2007
Succeeded by
Chris van der Drift