Markus Winkelhock

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Markus Winkelhock
Markus winkelhock brandshatch2014.JPG
Winkelhock at the Brands Hatch round of the 2014 Blancpain Sprint Series season.
Nationality  German
Born (1980-06-13) 13 June 1980 (age 34)
Stuttgart, Germany
Previous series
20112012
2007
2006
2005
2004, 20072010
2003
2001, 2003
2001–2002
2000
2000
1999
1998
FIA GT1 World Championship
Formula One
Porsche Supercup
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
DTM
Formula 3 Euro Series
Masters of Formula 3
German F3 Championship
Formula Renault 2000 Italy
Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup
Formula Renault Germany
Formula König
Championship titles
2012 FIA GT1 World Championship
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 2007
Teams Spyker
Races 1
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 2007 European Grand Prix
Last race 2007 European Grand Prix

Markus Winkelhock (born June 13, 1980 in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany) is a German racing driver, who has taken part in one Formula One Grand Prix, which he briefly led. He is the son of the late Manfred Winkelhock and nephew of Joachim Winkelhock, both of whom were Formula One drivers in the 1980s.[1] Having switched to sports and touring car racing, he has also won the FIA GT1 World Championship in 2012 with team-mate Marc Basseng.

Early career[edit]

Winkelhock driving in the German F3 series in 2002.

Markus won races in a string of junior formulae including Formula König, German Formula Renault and the Formula Renault Eurocup from 1998–2000.[2]

In 2001, Winkelhock joined the German Formula 3 Championship, where he remained until the championship became the F3 Euroseries in 2003. His record was fifth overall in 2001 (three wins), seventh in 2002 (one win) and fourth in 2003 (two wins).[2]

He switched to touring car racing in 2004, with a season in the DTM in an AMG-Mercedes CLK. But he failed to score a point all year with the Persson team.[2]

Winkelhock switched back to single-seater racing in 2005, joining the World Series by Renault with Draco. He won three times but there were also some less than shining moments – notably when he crashed at Monaco in qualifying and on the first lap of the race.[2]

Formula One[edit]

On January 24, 2006, Marcus Winkelhock was confirmed a test and reserve driver in the Midland F1 team, (formerly Jordan Grand Prix) for the 2006 Formula One season.[3] He participated in Friday test sessions for the team at the Bahrain, Australian, German and Hungarian Grands Prix.[2]

He was re-signed for 2007 by the team, now in its Spyker F1 guise.[4] He also made a brief return to the DTM in 2007, starting three races.[2]

Following Christijan Albers' departure from Spyker after the 2007 British Grand Prix, Winkelhock was confirmed as his replacement for the European Grand Prix on July 18.[5] The deal was only for one race with Sakon Yamamoto set to race for Spyker for the rest of the season.[6]

Leading on Grand Prix debut[edit]

Due to Christijan Albers' departure from the Spyker F1 Team, Winkelhock was called in for the 10th race of the season, the European Grand Prix. Winkelhock started last on the 22-car grid alongside team mate Adrian Sutil. But on the formation lap with the rest of the field already on dry-weather tyres, the team made a last-second decision to call Winkelhock into the pits to switch to intermediate tyres. When pouring rain forced almost all the others to pit at the end of the first lap, Winkelhock was able to move into the lead, passing some cars as they pitted, and even passing Kimi Räikkönen on the track as the Finn tip-toed around to the pits, eventually building a lead of 19 seconds by the end of the second lap. By lap 4 he had a lead of 33 seconds over Ferrari's Felipe Massa in 2nd place.

As the rain got heavier the race stewards first sent out the safety car, and then suspended the race following a series of spin-offs in the first corner behind the safety car. The race restarted after the rain had eased. Winkelhock and his team chose to start on full wet tyres on a drying track in the hope of further showers, as the team expected he would be overtaken by faster cars anyway. The gamble failed and, having restarted the race from pole position, Winkelhock quickly fell down the order. He retired on lap 15 with hydraulic problems that caused a small fire. He had led for a total of six laps.[7]

According to Bob Varsha of the Speed Channel commentary team, Winkelhock is the only driver in Formula One history to start last on the grid and lead the race in his first Grand Prix, and due to the red flag and restart, is also the only driver in Formula One history to start both last and first on the grid in the same Grand Prix.

Despite leading his debut race, the Spyker team eventually opted against giving Winkelhock a drive for the remainder of the 2007 season for sponsorship reasons, and instead decided to give the drive to former Super Aguri driver Sakon Yamamoto.

Post-Formula One career[edit]

Winkelhock driving for Audi (Team Rosberg) in the 2009 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters season at the Hockenheimring.

Winkelhock returned to the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters after he lost his Spyker seat, and has remained in the series, driving for Team Rosberg, for 2008 (12th), 2009 (10th) and 2010 (12th).

In 2011, he competed in the FIA GT1 World Championship for the All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport team alongside team boss Marc Basseng driving a Lamborghini. They won the championship the following year, the team having switched to the Mercedes SLS due to a change in the regulations.

Winkelhock was to move with Münnich Motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship for 2013,[8] however he left the team before the start of the season in order to focus on his GT racing commitments, and was replaced by defending champion Robert Huff.[9]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Poles Wins Points Position
1998 Formula König  ? 9 2 3 161 2nd
1999 Formula Renault Germany SL Formula Racing 8 1 2 72 4th
Lechner Racing
2000 Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup  ?  ?  ? 1 78 6th
Formula Renault 2000 Italy SL Racing 4 0 0 8 21st
2001 German Formula Three Mücke Motorsport 20 2 3 141 5th
Masters of Formula Three  ? 1 0 0 N/A 36th
2002 German Formula Three Mücke Motorsport 18 2 1 28 7th
2003 Formula Three Euroseries Mücke Motorsport 20 1 2 71 4th
Masters of Formula Three  ? 1 0 0 N/A 6th
2004 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Team Persson 10 0 0 0 19th
2005 World Series by Renault Draco Multiracing USA 17 1 3 114 3rd
2006 Formula One MF1 Racing Test driver
Porsche Supercup Porsche AG 1 0 0 0 NC
2007 Formula One Etihad Aldar Spyker F1 Team 1 0 0 0 NC
Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline 2 0 0 0 19th
Futurecom TME 5 0 0 0
2008 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Team Rosberg 11 0 0 6 11th
2009 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Team Rosberg 10 0 0 11 10th
2010 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Team Rosberg 11 0 0 7 12th
2011 GT1 World Championship All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport 20 0 3 102 5th
2012 GT1 World Championship All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport 18 0 1 145 1st

Complete Formula Three Euroseries 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
2003 ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg Dallara F302/012 HWA-Mercedes HOC1
1

3
HOC1
2

4
ADR
1

Ret
ADR
2

17
PAU
1

21
PAU
2

Ret
NOR
1

Ret
NOR
2

5
LMS
1

8
LMS
2

18
NÜR
1

1
NÜR
2

2
A1R
1

4
A1R
2

6
ZAN
1

4
ZAN
2

4
HOC2
1

Ret
HOC2
2

2
MAG
1

1
MAG
2

9
4th 71

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
2005 Draco Multiracing USA ZOL
1

NC
ZOL
2

3
MON
1

DNS
VAL
1

11
VAL
2

12
LMS
1

1
LMS
2

5
BIL
1

Ret
BIL
2

7
OSC
1

Ret
OSC
2

3
DON
1

5
DON
2

1
EST
1

4
EST
2

2
MNZ
1

3
MNZ
2

1
3rd 114

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
2006 MF1 Racing Midland M16 Toyota RVX-06 2.4 V8 BHR
TD
MAL
AUS
TD
SMR
EUR
ESP
MON
GBR
CAN
USA
FRA
GER
TD
HUN
TD
TUR
ITA
CHN
JPN
BRA
2007 Etihad Aldar Spyker F1 Team Spyker F8-VII Ferrari 056H 2.4 V8 AUS
MAL
BHR
ESP
MON
CAN
USA
FRA
GBR
EUR
Ret
HUN
TUR
ITA
BEL
JPN
CHN
BRA
NC 0

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 11 Pos Points
2004 Persson Motorsport AMG-Mercedes CLK-DTM 2003 HOC
15
EST
17
ADR
20
LAU
13
NOR
18
SHA1
9
NÜR
Ret
OSC
16
ZAN
14
BRN
18
HOC
13
19th 0
2007 Abt Sportsline Audi A4 DTM 2007 HOC
OSC
LAU
Ret
BRH
14
NOR
19th 0
Futurecom TME Audi A4 DTM 2005 MUG
9
ZAN
13
NÜR
Ret
CAT
12
HOC
13
2008 Team Rosberg Audi A4 DTM 2007 HOC
12
OSC
6
MUG
7
LAU
Ret
NOR
11
ZAN
8
NÜR
9
BRH
11
CAT
11
BUG
11
HOC
Ret
11th 6
2009 Team Rosberg Audi A4 DTM 2008 HOC
4
LAU
Ret
NOR
13
ZAN
DSQ
OSC
Ret
NÜR
4
BRH
Ret
CAT
Ret
DIJ
10
HOC
8
10th 11
2010 Team Rosberg Audi A4 DTM 2008 HOC
15
VAL
Ret
LAU
10
NOR
Ret
NÜR
Ret
ZAN
DNS
BRH
Ret
OSC
Ret
HOC
Ret
ADR
4
SHA
7
12th 7

1 – Shanghai was a non-championship round.

Complete GT1 World Championship results[edit]

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pos Points
2011 All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport Lamborghini ABU
QR

6
ABU
CR

3
ZOL
QR

1
ZOL
CR

1
ALG
QR

7
ALG
CR

6
SAC
QR

9
SAC
CR

Ret
SIL
QR

Ret
SIL
CR

5
NAV
QR

1
NAV
CR

2
PRI
QR

7
PRI
CR

8
ORD
QR

EX
ORD
CR

8
BEI
QR

12
BEI
CR

Ret
SAN
QR

6
SAN
CR

Ret
5th 102
2012 All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport Mercedes-Benz NOG
QR

6
NOG
CR

3
ZOL
QR

6
ZOL
CR

9
NAV
QR

5
NAV
QR

2
SVK
QR

4
SVK
CR

3
ALG
QR

1
ALG
CR

2
SVK
QR

3
SVK
CR

2
MOS
QR

2
MOS
CR

5
NUR
QR

3
NUR
CR

2
DON
QR

5
DON
CR

EX
1st 145

Complete FIA GT Series results[edit]

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos. Points
2013 Phoenix Racing Audi R8 LMS ultra Pro NOG
QR
NOG
CR
ZOL
QR
ZOL
CR
ZAN
QR
ZAN
QR
SVK
QR
SVK
CR
NAV
QR
NAV
CR
BAK
QR

9
BAK
CR

9
21st 2

Complete Blancpain Sprint Series results[edit]

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos. Points
2014 Phoenix Racing Audi R8 LMS ultra Pro NOG
QR

2
NOG
CR

Ret
BRH
QR

5
BRH
CR

Ret
ZAN
QR

Ret
ZAN
CR

11
SVK
QR

15
SVK
CR

Ret
ALG
QR

Ret
ALG
CR

6
ZOL
QR

16
ZOL
CR

18
BAK
QR

BAK
CR

12th* 16*

* Season in progress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "F1's famous names return". F1Fanatic.co.uk. 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-21. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Who's Who: Markus Winkelhock". F1Fanatic.co.uk. 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-21. 
  3. ^ "Markus Winkelhock is MF1 Racing's test driver". NewsOnF1.net. 2006-01-25. Retrieved 2006-11-12. 
  4. ^ "Spyker announces four test drivers". GPUpdate.net. 2007-02-01. Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  5. ^ "Winkelhock name to return to F1". news.bbc.co.uk. 2007-07-18. Retrieved 2007-07-18. 
  6. ^ "Spyker confirm Yamamoto deal". Autosport.com. 2007-07-26. Retrieved 2007-07-26. 
  7. ^ "European Grand Prix 2007 statistics and facts". F1Fanatic.co.uk. 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-23. 
  8. ^ "Basseng and Winkelhock set for WTCC 2013". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). 8 November 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "ROB HUFF DEFENDS TITLE WITH ALL-LINKL.COM". World Touring Car Championship (Kigema Sport Organisation). 27 February 2013. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 

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