Lewis Williamson

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Lewis Williamson
Nationality United Kingdom British
Born (1989-11-11) 11 November 1989 (age 25)
Dundee (Scotland)
2014 GP3 Series
Debut season 2011
Current team Bamboo Engineering
Car no. 17
Former teams Status Grand Prix
MW Arden
Starts 23
Wins 1
Poles 1
Fastest laps 1
Best finish 8th in 2011
Previous series
201112
200910
2008
2008
2008
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
Formula Renault UK
FR2.0 Portugal Winter Series
FR2.0 UK Winter Series
Formula Jedi
Awards
2010
2009
McLaren Autosport Award
BRDC Rising Star

Lewis Williamson (born 11 November 1989) is a British racing driver.

Career[edit]

Karting[edit]

Born in Dundee, Williamson began karting at the age of eight, and spent a successful decade racing in the various classes around the United Kingdom. By the time Williamson moved into the junior formulae in 2008, he had claimed three Scottish karting championship titles at Cadet and MiniMax levels, before taking a clean sweep in 2008. The first driver to record such a feat, Williamson won the British Open, British Grand Prix Super Kart, the Scottish Open, as well as the 125 ICC Championship.[1]

Formula Renault[edit]

After a guest drive in Formula Jedi at Brands Hatch in which he won one of the two races,[2] Williamson moved up into Formula Renault, contesting the 2008 Formula Renault UK Winter Series after Highland Arena Ltd, an organisation set up by three family friends[3] helping to promote sporting talent from the Scottish Highlands – where Williamson resides – leased a car from CR Scuderia.[1] In his second race in the category at Croft, Williamson finished on the podium, taking a third place finish behind James Calado and Henry Surtees.[4] He added another third place in the final race at Rockingham Motor Speedway,[5] finishing behind Surtees and Dean Stoneman, to end up in sixth place in the championship standings, a point behind fifth-placed William Buller. He also contested the Estoril round of the Portuguese Formula Renault 2.0 Winter Series, taking second and fifth place finishes for CR Scuderia.[2]

CR Scuderia, under their new name of CRS Racing, signed Williamson for the 2009 season as part of a four-car team alongside Harry Tincknell, Matias Laine and Joshua Scott.[6] Williamson's Winter Series campaign ruled him ineligible for the Graduates Cup for drivers aged nineteen or under. During the season, Williamson finished 17 of the 20 races, taking a third place at Donington Park[7] and a second place at Brands Hatch[8] en route to a tenth place championship finish.

Williamson moved to defending champions Manor Competition for the 2010 season, again as part of a four-car team with Will Stevens, Thomas Hylkema and Josh Mulholland, with Ollie Millroy replacing Mulholland during the season. In the first round of the season at Thruxton, Williamson claimed the first pole position, and thus became the first driver to take pole in the Barazi-Epsilon-designed car introduced for the 2010 season.[9] Several races later at Brands Hatch, Williamson threw away a chance at his first victory, spinning out of the lead and eventually finishing seventh. The first victory came a month later at Oulton Park, overtaking Tom Blomqvist at the start of the first race and was never headed.

Williamson took further wins at Croft and Silverstone – a rescheduled race from Brands Hatch which Williamson had qualified on pole for – as he and Blomqvist commenced their battle for the championship along with Tamás Pál Kiss and Will Stevens. Williamson trailed Pál Kiss by 27 points and Blomqvist by 15 before the World Series by Renault meeting at Silverstone. Williamson won both races from pole position, to trail Blomqvist by one point on dropped scores heading into the final round at Brands Hatch.[10] In the first race, Williamson finished second, ahead of Blomqvist in third, but Blomqvist claimed fastest lap to draw level with Williamson before the final race. In the final race, Blomqvist made a better start and with team-mate Alex Lynn acting as rear gunner, Blomqvist won the championship with his second place.[11] Despite this, Williamson was nominated for the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award due to his performances in the series.[12] On 5 December 2010, after the evaluation tests held at Silverstone, Williamson was named as the winner of the award, taking the £100,000 cash prize and a Formula One test with McLaren.[13]

GP3 Series[edit]

After the end of his Formula Renault campaign, Williamson took part in the post-season GP3 Series test in Estoril, Portugal. Driving for Atech CRS GP, Williamson set the fastest time in the afternoon session on the second and third days,[14][15] having arrived at the circuit the day before after a chance conversation with team boss David Hayle.[3][16] Williamson was eventually signed by MW Arden to graduate into GP3 in February 2011.[17]

Formula Renault 3.5 Series[edit]

After testing for ISR Racing during the final test session of 2010,[18] Williamson took part in the opening round of the 2011 season for the team at Motorland Aragón, deputising for regular driver Daniel Ricciardo who was on third driver duties for Scuderia Toro Rosso at the Chinese Grand Prix.[19]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2008 British Formula Renault 2.0 Winter Series Highland Arena Ltd. 4 0 0 0 2 57 6th
Portuguese Formula Renault 2.0 Winter Series CR Scuderia 2 0 0 0 1 18 4th
Formula Jedi Team Jedi 2 1 2 0 1  ?  ?
2009 British Formula Renault 2.0 CRS Racing 20 0 0 0 2 229 10th
2010 British Formula Renault 2.0 Manor Competition 20 5 5 4 9 459 2nd
2011 GP3 Series MW Arden 16 1 0 1 2 18 4th
Formula Renault 3.5 Series ISR Racing 4 0 0 0 0 0 33rd

Complete GP3 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 DC Points
2011 MW Arden TUR
FEA

Ret
TUR
SPR

20
ESP
FEA

14
ESP
SPR

9
VAL
FEA

2
VAL
SPR

6
GBR
FEA

7
GBR
SPR

1
GER
FEA

2
GER
SPR

14
HUN
FEA

6
HUN
SPR

Ret
BEL
FEA

9
BEL
SPR

DNS
ITA
FEA

18
ITA
SPR

10
8th 31
2012 Status Grand Prix ESP
FEA
ESP
SPR
MON
FEA
MON
SPR
VAL
FEA
VAL
SPR
GBR
FEA
GBR
SPR
GER
FEA

13
GER
SPR

Ret
HUN
FEA

10
HUN
SPR

5
BEL
FEA

8
BEL
SPR

7
ITA
FEA

19
ITA
SPR

Ret
17th 11
2013 Bamboo Engineering ESP
FEA

11
ESP
SPR

7
VAL
FEA

19
VAL
SPR

17
GBR
FEA

25†
GBR
SPR

14
GER
FEA

4
GER
SPR

4
HUN
FEA

24
HUN
SPR

Ret
BEL
FEA

14
BEL
SPR

10
ITA
FEA

4
ITA
SPR

3
ABU
FEA

ABU
SPR

11th 44

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series results[edit]

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

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pos Points
2011 ISR Racing ALC
1

15
ALC
2

20
SPA
1
SPA
2
MNZ
1
MNZ
2
MON
1
NÜR
1
NÜR
2
HUN
1
HUN
2
SIL
1
SIL
2
LEC
1
LEC
2
CAT
1

18
CAT
2

Ret
33rd 0
2012 Arden Caterham ALC
1

14
ALC
2

Ret
MON
1

13
SPA
1

19
SPA
2

16
NÜR
1
NÜR
2
MSC
1
MSC
2
SIL
1
SIL
2
HUN
1
HUN
2
LEC
1
LEC
2
CAT
1
CAT
2
32nd 0

Outside racing[edit]

Despite his recent success in formulae cars, Williamson combines his racing with an apprenticeship at Ross-Shire Engineering, working as a fabrication engineer in Muir of Ord, a 100-mile round trip from his home in Golspie.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Lewis crowned 'King of Karting'". The Northern Times (Scottish Provincial Press Ltd.). 13 November 2008. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Bell, Steve. "Lewis Williamson". Karting Perfection. Racing Perfection Ltd. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Simmons, Marcus (7 April 2011). "Local Hero". Autosport (Haymarket Publications) 204 (1): pp. 42–43. 
  4. ^ "Calado opens up Winter Cup lead". racingsteps.co.uk (Racing Steps Foundation). 10 November 2008. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Winter Series – Rockingham". CR Scuderia (CRS Racing). 10 November 2008. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "CRS reveals '09 line-up". crash.net (Crash Media Group). 19 January 2009. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  7. ^ "First Formula Renault Podium For Lewis Williamson". PaddockTalk.com (PaddockTalk). 18 May 2009. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  8. ^ "Calado signs off with a win at Brands". racingsteps.co.uk (Racing Steps Foundation). 4 October 2009. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  9. ^ "Stevens leads the way after thrilling Thruxton opener". Renault Sport UK (Renault Sport). 5 April 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  10. ^ "World Series by Renault at Silverstone". europeanmotornews.com (European Motor News). 20 September 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  11. ^ "Blomqvist becomes youngest ever Formula Renault UK winner". Girlracer (Girlracer Group). 11 October 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  12. ^ Turner, Kevin (30 September 2010). "Autosport award finalists revealed". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  13. ^ Turner, Kevin; O'Leary, Jamie (5 December 2010). "McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC: Williamson". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  14. ^ "Rookie Lewis Williamson tops Day 2 in Estoril". GP3 Series (GP2 Motorsport Limited). 14 October 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  15. ^ "Williamson tops final day of testing in Estoril". GP3 Series (GP2 Motorsport Limited). 15 October 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  16. ^ "Lewis Williamson talks to GP3". GP3 Series (GP2 Motorsport Limited). 15 October 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  17. ^ McGill, Jim (21 February 2011). "Williamson joins MW Arden". scotcars.co.uk (Scotcars). Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
  18. ^ "Quaife–Hobbs quickest again on final day". gpupdate.net (GPUpdate). 21 October 2010. Retrieved 19 April 2011. 
  19. ^ Mills, Peter (8 April 2011). "Williamson to sub for Ricciardo". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 19 April 2011. 
  20. ^ McGill, Jim (4 September 2010). "Lewis Williamson relishing Knockhill challenge, as Gordon Shedden targets victory". The Scotsman (Johnston Press). Retrieved 6 December 2010. 

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Dean Smith
McLaren Autosport BRDC Award
2010
Succeeded by
Oliver Rowland