James Rossiter

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James Rossiter
Nationality United Kingdom British
Born (1983-08-25) August 25, 1983 (age 31)
Oxford (United Kingdom)
2014 FIA World Endurance Championship
Debut season 2012
Current team Lotus
Previous series
2011
2011
2008
2006
2005
2004
200203
24 Hours of Le Mans
Le Mans Series
American Le Mans Series LMP2
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
Formula 3 Euro Series
British Formula Three
British Formula Renault

James Rossiter (born August 25, 1983 in Oxford) is a racing driver from England. He has participated in karting, Formula Renault, British Formula Three and Formula 3 Euro Series. His father, Jeremy, was also a racing driver.

Career[edit]

Rossiter started his race career at 14 when he started Karting in TKM and Rotax Max karts and within 3 years, in 2001, he graduated to single seaters initially testing a Formula Palmer Audi at the Bedford Autodrome. Rossiter then graduated to Formula Renault testing and racing with Falcon Motorsport in 2002. He moved to Fortec Motorsport for 2003 and finished third in the British Formula Renault Championship after a race winning season. Rossiter was recognised by a leading journalist as "the only driver to take the fight to Lewis Hamilton".

In 2004 Rossiter stayed with the Fortec Motorsport team and graduated to the British Formula Three Championship, winning three races and the British Formula Three Avon tyres rookie of the year award. Rossiter also competed at the Macau Formula Three Grand Prix and the Masters of Formula 3 events. His performances also led to Rossiter winning the BRDC John Cooper Award and being selected as the winner of the BAR young F1 driver search selected from a group of upcoming drivers, several now being established F1 racers.

In 2005, Rossiter left Britain and went into the Formula 3 Euro Series with Signature-Plus supporting him; he finished 7th in the series, winning in wet conditions the second race of the year at the Hockenheimring. He was also added to the roster of the BAR team development drivers. For 2006, Rossiter moved up to the World Series by Renault with Pons Racing, combining racing with his Formula One testing duties.

For 2007, Rossiter was retained as one of Honda's test and development drivers with his main work being with the Super Aguri F1 team.

Honda retained Rossiter for the 2008 season as their primary test and development driver for their Formula One program, mainly working with the team in Japan. During this time he played a part in developing the Honda RA109 which would become the BGP 001, which Jenson Button drove to the 2009 Formula One World Drivers' Championship title.[1] Through his Honda connections Rossiter competed and won in the American Le Mans Series for Acura with Andretti Green Racing.[2]

After leaving Honda he spent 2009 trying to secure a Formula One drive with one of the four new teams entering in the 2010 season.

Rossiter was signed by US F1 to race in the 2010 Formula One season;[3] however it wasn't officially confirmed before the team collapsed. Rossiter was expected to join the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2010, driving for KV Racing Technology, after testing for the team at Barber Motorsports Park. However the team re-signed Mario Moraes, leaving him without a drive for the year. He then joined Sky Sports as a commentator for their coverage of IndyCar. He also drove in the Evora Cup with Lotus.[4]

Rossiter is currently a lead test and development driver working on the Lotus T-125 track day car.[5] His relationship with Lotus Cars has put him back in the frame for a drive in IndyCar with KV Racing Technology, who are now backed and sponsored by Lotus Cars, although it is likely to be only part-time.[6]

In 2011, he drove in the 1000 km of Spa as part of the Le Mans Series, and retired after 21 laps. He also took part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans driving a Lotus Evora GTE, finishing 22nd overall, 7th in the GTE class, and 3rd in the International Le Mans Cup standings.

Mid way through the 2012 Formula One season he was signed by Force India as a test and simulator driver,[7] and he drove the VJM06 at the first pre-season test in Jerez in 2013.[8]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Name Races Poles Wins Points Final Placing
2002 British Formula Renault Fortec Motorsport 11 0 0 0 13th
2003 British Formula Renault Fortec Motorsport 16 1 1 347 3rd
2004 British Formula Three Fortec Motorsport 24 4 3 228 3rd
2005 Formula 3 Euro Series Signature-Plus 20 0 1 51 7th
Formula One Lucky Strike BAR Honda Test driver
2006 World Series by Renault Pons Racing 17 0 0 33 14th
Formula One Lucky Strike Honda Racing F1 Team Test driver
2007 Formula One Super Aguri F1 Test driver
2008 Formula One Honda Racing F1 Team Test driver
American Le Mans Series Andretti Green Racing 3 0 1 39 22nd
2011 Le Mans Series Lotus Jetalliance (GTE Pro) 1 0 0 0 51st
24 Hours of Le Mans Lotus Jetalliance (GTE Pro) 1 0 0 N/A 22nd
2012 Formula One Force India Test driver
FIA World Endurance Championship Lotus 4 0 0 4.5 44th
FIA World Endurance Championship – LMP2 Lotus 6 0 0  ? NC
2013 Formula One Force India Test driver
FIA World Endurance Championship - LMP2 Lotus 3 0 0 8 18th
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMP2 Lotus 1 0 0 N/A DNF
Super GT TOM'S 8 1 2 60 3rd
2014 Super Formula Kondō Racing
Super GT TOM'S

[9]

Complete Formula 3 Euro Series 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 DC Points
2005 Signature-Plus Dallara F305/025 Mercedes HOC
1

4
HOC
2

1
PAU
1

3
PAU
2

4
SPA
1

2
SPA
2

8
MCO
1

4
MCO
2

4
OSC
1

15
OSC
2

13
NOR
1

Ret
NOR
2

7
NÜR
1

10
NÜR
2

Ret
ZAN
1

Ret
ZAN
2

10
LAU
1

18
LAU
2

14
HOC
1

5
HOC
2

9
7th 51

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
2006 Pons Racing ZOL
1

5
ZOL
2

Ret
MON
1

2
IST
1

Ret
IST
2

5
MIS
1

9
MIS
2

6
SPA
1

Ret
SPA
2

24
NÜR
1

Ret
NÜR
2

Ret
DON
1

Ret
DON
2

Ret
LMS
1

16
LMS
2

17
CAT
1

9
CAT
2

Ret
14th 33

Complete American Le Mans Series results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine Tyres 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Rank Points
2008 Andretti Green Racing LMP2 Acura ARX-01b Acura 3.4L V8 M SEB STP LNB UTA LIM MID AME
ovr:11
cls:7
MOS
ovr:6
cls:4
DET
ovr:1
cls:1
PET MON 22nd 39

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2011 Austria Lotus Jetalliance Switzerland Jonathan Hirschi
United Kingdom Johnny Mowlem
Lotus Evora GTE GTE
Pro
295 22nd 7th
2013 Germany Lotus France Christophe Bouchut
United States Kevin Weeda
Lotus T128 LMP2 17 DNF DNF

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Rank Points
2013 Lotus LMP2 Lotus T128 Praga Judd 3.6 L V8 SIL
SPA
6
LMS
Ret
SÃO COA
DNS
FUJ
10
SHA BHR 25th 8
2014 Lotus LMP1 CLM P1/01 AER P60 Turbo V6 SIL
SPA
LMS
COA
15
FUJ
Ret
SHA
BHR
SÃO
25th* 0.5*

* Season in progress.

Complete Super GT results[edit]

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 DC Points
2013 Lexus Team Petronas TOM'S Lexus SC430 GT500 OKA
12
FUJ
1
SEP
11
SUG
10
SUZ
3
FUJ
12
AUT
1
MOT
5
3rd 60
2014 Lexus Team Petronas TOM'S Lexus RC F GT500 OKA
13
FUJ
9
AUT
5
SUG
4
FUJ
5
SUZ
1
BUR
1
MOT
1st* 67*

* Season in progress

Complete Super Formula Results[edit]

(Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 DC Points
2013 Petronas Team TOM'S SUZ
11
AUT
FUJ
MOT
SUG
SUZ1
7
SUZ2
6
16th 2.5
2014 Kondō Racing SUZ
2
FUJ1
6
FUJ2
17
FUJ
8
MOT
8
AUT
5
SUG
4
SUZ1
SUZ2
6th* 20.5

* Season in progress.

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