Mikhail Aleshin

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Mikhail Aleshin
Mikhail Aleshin 2012-2.JPG
Aleshin in 2012.
Nationality  Russian
Born (1987-05-22) 22 May 1987 (age 27)
Moscow, Soviet Union
2014 IndyCar Series
Debut season 2014
Current team Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
Car no. 7
Starts 17
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Previous series
2006–2013
2011
2009
2007, 11
2005–06
2004
2003–05
200305
2002
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
GP2 Asia Series
FIA Formula Two
GP2 Series
A1 Grand Prix
FR 2.0 Italy Winter series
Formula Renault 2.0 Germany
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Russian Formula Three
Championship titles
2010
2004
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
FR 2.0 Italy Winter series

Mikhail Petrovich Aleshin (Russian: Михаи́л Петро́вич Алёшин; IPA: [mʲɪxɐˈil pʲɪtˈrovʲɪtɕ ɐˈlʲoʂɪn], born 22 May 1987 in Moscow, Soviet Union) is a Russian auto racing driver and the 2010 champion of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series.

Career[edit]

Aleshin competed in karting from 1996 to 2000. Since 2001 he has taken part in various international open wheel series. On 14 April 2007 he became the first Russian driver to win a major international single-seater race when he won the opening round of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series season at Monza.[1] He then deputised for the injured Michael Ammermüller in the ART Grand Prix team at the second round of the 2007 GP2 Series season, becoming the second Russian after Vitaly Petrov to race in the series. He remained in FR3.5 for 2008, taking his best finish in the championship so far despite not winning a race.

He joined the relaunched FIA Formula Two Championship for 2009, driving car number 15.[2] He finished third in the championship, with a single win coming at Oschersleben.

Aleshin returned to Formula Renault 3.5 for the 2010 season, partnering Jake Rosenzweig at Carlin.[3] Scoring three victories, he became the champion of the series. He tested for Renault F1 in the young drivers' test in Abu Dhabi and stated that he was confident for a Formula One drive in 2011, but did not obtain one.[4]

Aleshin remained with Carlin to drive in 2011 GP2 Series and 2011 GP2 Asia Series, the team's first season in the category and Aleshin's first attempt at the series since 2007. He was partnered by Max Chilton, another driver who had previously been employed by Carlin in lower formulae.[5] He endured a frustrating Asia series, afflicted by technical problems which left him last in the drivers' championship, before announcing that he did not have a budget to compete in the main series, and would henceforth be stepping back to the ATS Formel 3 Cup. He then, however, secured a last-minute temporary GP2 deal with Carlin, only to crash in qualifying for the first round of the season in Turkey, injuring metacarpals in both hands which prevented him from racing.[6] He returned to action for the following round of the championship at Catalunya, but was then replaced by Oliver Turvey as his money ran out.[7] After eight races on the sidelines, he returned to racing action with Carlin at the Hungaroring.[8] He was replaced again by Parente for the season finale at Monza, and finished 32nd and last in the overall standings.[9]

In 2014 Aleshin began racing in the IndyCar Series with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.[10]

Fontana Crash[edit]

At Fontana in the final race of the 2014 IndyCar season, Aleshin was practicing his race-car before the race. The first driver from Russia to race in the Verizon IndyCar Series, was in Turn 4 of the two-mile Fontana track -- a track where the cars travel at more than 200 mph -- when the accident occurred.(11)(12)

Aleshin's No. 7 car was driving low on the track when it suddenly went into a spin. Charlie Kimball then slammed into Aleshin's car at full speed, sending Aleshin's car sailing into the outside catch fence. Aleshin's car ripped out a section of the fence, then pinwheeled and fell back to the track as pieces of the car were scattered for yards. Aleshin was helped out of the car and rushed to the hospital in a critical condition.(11)(12)

"The guy spun from the bottom and I really had nowhere to go," said Kimball, who was not hurt. Aleshin meanwhile was diagnosed with a concussion, fractured ribs, a broken right clavicle and chest injuries.(11)(12)

Motorsports career results[edit]

Aleshin driving a Red Bull RB2 at Moscow City Racing show (2008).

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2002 Russian Formula Three Championship Lukoil Racing F3 4 0 0  ? 1 40 4th
2003 Formula Renault 2000 Germany JD Motorsport 14 0 0 0 0 99 12th
Formula Renault 2000 Masters 8 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2004 Formula Renault 2000 Germany Lukoil Racing Team 14 0 2 1 3 185 5th
Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup 16 0 0 0 0 26 17th
Formula Renault 2000 Italia  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? 1st
2005 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Lukoil Racing Team 10 0 0 0 0 3 30th
Formula Renault 2.0 Germany 16 1 1 1 7 274 2nd
2005–06 A1 Grand Prix A1 Team Russia 2 0 0 0 0 0 25th
2006 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Carlin Motorsport 17 0 1 0 2 41 11th
2007 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Carlin Motorsport 17 1 1 0 1 44 13th
GP2 Series ART Grand Prix 4 0 0 0 0 3 25th
2008 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Carlin Motorsport 16 0 0 0 3 73 5th
2009 FIA Formula Two Championship Motorsport Vision 16 1 1 0 5 59 3rd
2010 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Carlin 17 3 1 2 8 138 1st
GP3 Series 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC
German Formula Three – Trophy Stromos ArtLine 2 2 2 2 2 N/A NC†
2011 GP2 Series Carlin 8 0 0 0 0 0 32nd
GP2 Asia Series 4 0 0 0 0 0 27th
German Formula Three Stromos ArtLine 8 0 0 0 0 3 18th
German Formula Three – Trophy 8 7 8 8 7 70 3rd
Superleague Formula Russia 3 0 0 0 1 56 12th
Formula Renault 3.5 Series KMP Racing 2 0 0 0 0 4 28th
2012 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Team RFR 17 0 1 1 1 46 13th
2013 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Tech 1 Racing 17 0 0 0 0 33 12th
Blancpain Endurance Series SMP Racing 4 0 0 0 1 7 29th
2014 IndyCar Series Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports 18 0 0 0 1 372 17th

† – As Aleshin was a guest driver, he was ineligible for championship points.

Complete A1 Grand Prix results[edit]

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

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series results[edit]

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

Complete GP2 Series results[edit]

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

Complete GP2 Asia Series results[edit]

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

Complete Formula Two results[edit]

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

Complete GP3 Series results[edit]

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

24 Hours of Daytona[edit]

(key)

American open–wheel racing results[edit]

(key)

IndyCar Series[edit]

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Rank Points
2014 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Dallara DW12 Honda STP
12
LBH
6
ALA
22
IMS
25
INDY
21
DET
17
DET
7
TXS
7
HOU
23
HOU
2
POC
7
IOW
21
TOR
11
TOR
23
MDO
14
MIL
8
SNM
7
FON
DNS
16th 372

Indianapolis 500[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
2014 Dallara Honda 15 21 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Aleshin wins race one at Monza". autosport.com. 14 April 2007. Retrieved 8 May 2007. 
  2. ^ "Red Bull places Aleshin in F2". autosport.com. 12 January 2009. Retrieved 12 January 2009. 
  3. ^ Mills, Peter (26 February 2010). "Aleshin joins Carlin for FR3.5 return". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 4 March 2010. 
  4. ^ Straw, Edd (16 November 2010). "Aleshin expects F1 race seat in 2011". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 16 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "Carlin sign Aleshin and Chilton for GP2". http://gp2series.com (GP2 Series). 27 January 2011. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  6. ^ Elizalde, Pablo (6 May 2011). "Aleshin ruled out of Turkey event". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "Oliver Turvey back at Carlin for Monaco". crash.net (Crash Media Group). 26 May 2011. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  8. ^ O'Leary, Jamie (28 July 2011). "Mikhail Aleshin rejoins Carlin for Hungaroring GP2 weekend". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  9. ^ Elizalde, Pablo (7 September 2011). "Parente returns to Carlin for Monza GP2 round". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  10. ^ Beer, Matt. Aleshin lands Schmidt IndyCar deal, Racer, 22 November 2013, Retrieved 2013-11-22

11. http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-sp-sn-indycar-fontana-crash-aleshin-20140829-story.html

12. http://www.sbnation.com/nascar/2014/8/30/6085421/indycar-crash-mikhail-aleshin-auto-club-speedway-mavtv-500

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Pastor Maldonado
Italian Formula Renault 2.0 Winter Series
Champion

2004
Succeeded by
Atte Mustonen
Preceded by
Bertrand Baguette
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
Champion

2010
Succeeded by
Robert Wickens