Robert Wickens

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Robert Wickens
Robert Wickens 2011.JPG
Robert Wickens at the 2011 Nürburgring World series by Renault round
Nationality Canada Canadian
Born (1989-03-13) March 13, 1989 (age 25)
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
2014 DTM
Debut season 2012
Current team FREE MAN'S WORLD Mercedes AMG
Car no. 12
Former teams Mücke Motorsport
Starts 25
Wins 1
Poles 1
Fastest laps 0
Best finish 5th in 2013
Finished last season 5th (70 pts)
Previous series
2011
2010
2009
2009
200809
2007–08
2007
200708
2006
2006
2005–06
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
GP3 Series
FIA Formula Two
British Formula Three
Formula Three Euroseries
A1 Grand Prix
Champ Car Atlantic
World Series by Renault
Formula BMW ADAC
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Formula BMW USA
Championship titles
2011
2006
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
Formula BMW USA
Awards
BBC Rising Star Award, INSIDE TRACK Canadian Racing Competing At The Highest Levels of International Competition

Robert Tyler Wickens (born March 13, 1989 in Toronto) is a Canadian racing driver, currently driving in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters for Mücke Motorsport.[1] Wickens is also a part of the revitalized Mercedes-Benz Junior Team, together with Christian Vietoris and Roberto Merhi. In 2009 he finished in second place in the FIA Formula Two Championship, and in 2010 he was runner-up in the GP3 Series. In his return to Formula Renault 3.5, where he competed in 2008, he won the 2011 season championship with Carlin Motorsport, with backing of Marussia. Wickens then left the series to race in the DTM.

Career[edit]

Karting[edit]

Wickens started his karting career in 2001 with wins in the Junior Heavy Marigold Fall Classic and the Junior Lite Iron Man Enduro. He was three-time champion of the Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship in 2002, 2003, and 2005 in various classes. He also won races in ASN Canadian National Formula Junior, SKUSA ProMoto Tour, BeaveRun, PA, 80cc Junior OKRA Grand National, and Junior Heavy Mosport Grand Prix.

Formula BMW[edit]

In 2005, when he was sixteen years old, Wickens started his formula racing career. Thanks to Junior Scholarship from BMW, he participated in Formula BMW USA for Team Apex Racing USA. He scored five podiums including two wins, which brought him third place and best rookie's title. Also he competed in Formula BMW World Final, where he finished sixth.

He remained in the series in 2006 for the same team, but after few races switched to the EuroInternational, because he become a Red Bull Junior Team driver.[2] The Canadian amassed three wins, seven podiums and won the championship. Besides repeat appearance in Formula BMW World Final, Wickens was guest driver at the Nürburgring Formula BMW ADAC round, which was a support race for the Formula One European Grand Prix. After three months he again appeared at Nürburg to competing in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 for Motopark Academy.

Champ Car Atlantic[edit]

Wickens driving for the Red Bull Junior Team at Houston during the 2007 Champ Car Atlantic season.

In 2007 Wickens moved to the Champ Car Atlantic for Red Bull/Team Forsythe. He took one win and another three podiums and was third in season standings, yielding Raphael Matos and Franck Perera.

Formula Renault 3.5 Series[edit]

After four races at the end of the 2007 season,[3] Wickens moved up to the Formula Renault 3.5 Series for the 2008 season, with Carlin Motorsport.[4] He claimed one win at Silverstone[5] and finished season on the twelfth place with 55 points.

Formula Three Euroseries[edit]

Apart from involvement in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, in 2008 Wickens competed in Formula Three Euroseries with Signature-Plus, missing the Hockenheim, Mugello and Brands Hatch rounds. His best results came at the second, rainy races on the Norisring and Bugatti Circuit, where he won. Both times, due to insufficient distance covered, half points were awarded. He continued his participation in 2009, but switched to Kolles & Heinz Union and only competed in the Hockenheim and Dijon rounds, failing to score a point.

FIA Formula Two Championship[edit]

Wickens was the only North American driver in the revamped FIA Formula Two Championship for the 2009 season, driving car number 12.[6] Wickens dominated the opening race of the series, leading every lap from pole position to become the first driver since Philippe Streiff in September 1984 to win an international Formula Two race. He repeated that in race two, to lead the championship. However, those were his only two wins of the season, as he struggled with reliability later in the season. Despite five retirements, Wickens ended up as the runner-up in the championship, albeit 51 points behind runaway champion Andy Soucek.

In November 2009 Wickens revealed that he had held "off the record" talks with several Formula 1 teams, and believe that his chances of driving in Formula 1 were increased by the fact that he is the only potential rookie North American driver who currently holds a valid FIA superlicence.[7]

In June 2011 it was announced that Wickens had been signed to the Virgin Racing team as a reserve driver but that he would continue to race in the GP3 series.

GP3 Series[edit]

In 2010 Wickens raced in the GP3 Series with Status Grand Prix.[8] After getting third place in Barcelona qualifying,[9] a good start and Nigel Melker retiring on the opening lap upped him to second place in the first race.[10] In the second race he started from seventh place and made his way up to fourth, which allowed him to lead the driver's standings.[11]

Formula Renault 3.5 Series[edit]

Robert Wickens at the 2011 Nürburgring World series by Renault round

Wickens was crowned the champion of the series in 2011, after edging out teammate Jean-Éric Vergne at the final race.

DTM[edit]

On April 3, 2012, Mercedes announced the revival of the Mercedes-Benz Junior Team that has guided several notable drivers in their racing careers like Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Karl Wendlinger and Michael Schumacher. With that announcement came the news that Robert Wickens, together with the reigning Formula 3 Euroseries champion Roberto Merhi and DTM-sophomore Christian Vietoris, would become a part of the new Junior Team and that the three of them would drive for the Junior Team in the 2012 DTM season. In addition to that, 7-time F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher will be involved with the three drivers by serving as a mentor. Wickens' entry into the DTM meant that he would be one of two Canadians in the drivers field, together with Bruno Spengler.[12]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2005 Formula BMW USA Team Apex Racing USA 14 2 1 2 5 122 3rd
Formula BMW World Final Team Autotecnica 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 6th
2006 Formula BMW USA EuroInternational
Team Apex Racing USA
14 3 3 3 7 149 1st
Formula BMW ADAC ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg 2 0 0 0 0 N/A NC†
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Motopark Academy 2 0 0 0 0 N/A NC†
Formula BMW World Final EuroInternational 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 8th
2007 Champ Car Atlantic Red Bull/Team Forsythe 12 1 1 2 4 255 3rd
Formula Renault 3.5 Series Carlin Motorsport 4 0 0 0 0 6 25th
2007–08 A1 Grand Prix A1 Team Canada 14 1 2 1 4 75 9th
2008 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Carlin Motorsport 17 1 1 3 4 55 12th
Formula Three Euroseries Signature-Plus 14 1 0 0 2 10.5 15th
2009 FIA Formula Two Championship Motorsport Vision 16 2 5 3 6 64 2nd
Formula Three Euroseries Kolles & Heinz Union 4 0 0 0 0 0 NC
British Formula Three Carlin Motorsport 2 0 0 0 1 12 16th
Atlantic Championship Genoa Racing 1 0 0 0 0 12 14th
2010 GP3 Series Status Grand Prix 16 3 1 2 7 71 2nd
2011 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Carlin Motorsport 17 5 7 4 10 241 1st
Formula One Marussia Virgin Racing Test driver

† - As Wickens was a guest driver, he was ineligible to score points.

Complete A1 Grand Prix 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
2007–08 A1 Team Canada NED
SPR
NED
FEA
CZE
SPR
CZE
FEA
MYS
SPR

3
MYS
FEA

Ret
CHN
SPR

15
CHN
FEA

Ret
NZL
SPR

Ret
NZL
FEA

2
AUS
SPR

3
AUS
FEA

6
RSA
SPR

1
RSA
FEA

12
MEX
SPR

7
MEX
FEA

5
CHN
SPR

2
CHN
FEA

20
GBR
SPR
GBR
FEA
9th 75

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
2007 Carlin Motorsport MNZ
1
MNZ
2
NÜR
1
NÜR
2
MON
1
HUN
1
HUN
2
SPA
1
SPA
2
DON
1
DON
2
MAG
1
MAG
2
EST
1

12
EST
2

10
CAT
1

7
CAT
2

11
25th 6
2008 Carlin Motorsport MNZ
1

Ret
MNZ
2

Ret
SPA
1

14
SPA
2

Ret
MON
1

19
SIL
1

9
SIL
2

1
HUN
1

Ret
HUN
2

8
NÜR
1

13
NÜR
2

18
LMS
1

14
LMS
2

22
EST
1

3
EST
2

12
CAT
1

3
CAT
2

3
12th 55
2011 Carlin Motorsport ALC
1

2
ALC
2

5
SPA
1

1
SPA
2

2
MNZ
1

Ret
MNZ
2

Ret
MON
1

2
NÜR
1

1
NÜR
2

2
HUN
1

5
HUN
2

7
SIL
1

1
SIL
2

1
LEC
1

2
LEC
2

19
CAT
1

1
CAT
2

Ret
1st 241

Complete Formula Three Euroseries 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 19 20 DC Points
2008 Signature-Plus Dallara F308/011 Volkswagen HOC1
1
HOC1
2
MUG
1
MUG
2
PAU
1

9
PAU
2

8
NOR
1

7
NOR
2

2
ZAN
1

8
ZAN
2

Ret
NÜR
1

12
NÜR
2

16
BRH
1
BRH
2
CAT
1

Ret
CAT
2

14
LMS
1

7
LMS
2

1
HOC2
1

23
HOC2
2

8
15th 10.5
2009 Kolles & Heinz Union Dallara F309/001 Volkswagen HOC1
1

11
HOC1
2

11
LAU
1
LAU
2
NOR
1
NOR
2
ZAN
1
ZAN
2
OSC
1
OSC
2
NÜR
1
NÜR
2
BRH
1
BRH
2
CAT
1
CAT
2
DIJ
1

14
DIJ
2

7
HOC2
1
HOC2
2
22nd 0

Complete Formula Two 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
2009 Motorsport Vision VAL
1

1
VAL
2

1
BRN
1

9
BRN
2

Ret
SPA
1

Ret
SPA
2

3
BRH
1

4
BRH
2

2
DON
1

Ret
DON
2

Ret
OSC
1

8
OSC
2

4
IMO
1

4
IMO
2

2
CAT
1

Ret
CAT
2

3
2nd 64

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
2010 Status Grand Prix ESP
FEA

2
ESP
SPR

4
TUR
FEA

11
TUR
SPR

21
VAL
FEA

2
VAL
SPR

16
GBR
FEA

9
GBR
SPR

5
GER
FEA

1
GER
SPR

5
HUN
FEA

4
HUN
SPR

2
BEL
FEA

1
BEL
SPR

11
ITA
FEA

2
ITA
SPR

1
2nd 71

American open–wheel racing results[edit]

(key)

Atlantic Championship[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
2007 Red Bull Forsythe Racing LVG
2
LBH
3
HOU
10
POR1
1
POR2
4
CLE
5
MTT
5
TOR
7
EDM1
4
EDM2
10
SJO
3
ROA
7
3rd 255
2009 Genoa Racing SEB UTA NJ1 NJ2 LIM ACC1 ACC2 MDO TRR MOS
4
ATL LS 14th 12

Complete Formula One participations[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 WDC Points
2011 Marussia Virgin Racing Virgin MVR-02 Cosworth CA2011 2.4 V8 AUS MAL CHN TUR ESP MON CAN EUR GBR GER HUN BEL ITA SIN JPN KOR IND ABU
TD
BRA

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 Pos Points
2012 Mücke Motorsport DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupé HOC
14
LAU
22†
BRH
14
SPL
13
NOR
9
NÜR
7
ZAN
Ret
OSC
7
VAL
Ret
HOC
Ret
16th 14
2013 HWA Team DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupé HOC
Ret
BRH
3
SPL
12
LAU
4
NOR
2
MSC
12
NÜR
1
OSC
22†
ZAN
16
HOC
18
5th 70
2014 HWA Team DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupé HOC
18
OSC
Ret
HUN
11
NOR
1
MSC
14
SPL
NÜR
LAU
GUA
HOC
10th* 25*

* Season in progress.

† Driver retired, but was classified as they completed 90% of the winner's race distance.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mercedes-Benz Junior Team: Bringing on new talent in the DTM". Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters. Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters. 2012-04-03. Retrieved 2012-04-03. 
  2. ^ Robert Wickens redbull-juniorteam.com
  3. ^ "Wickens to replace Ammermuller". autosport.com. 2007-10-10. Retrieved 2007-10-10. 
  4. ^ "Aleshin and Wickens stay with Carlin". autosport.com. 2007-12-20. Retrieved 2007-12-20. 
  5. ^ "Wickens claims first victory in World Series". wsr.gpupdate.net. GPUpdate.net. 2008-06-08. Retrieved 2010-05-13. 
  6. ^ "Robert Wickens and Julien Jousse sign up for F2". FIA Formula Two Championship. 2008-12-10. Retrieved 2009-01-07. 
  7. ^ Canada's F1 hope may need deep pockets to realize dream theglobeandmail.com 05 November 2009
  8. ^ Robert Wickens Targets GP3 Series Title With Status Grand Prix, PaddockTalk, April 1, 2010, Retrieved 2010-04-05
  9. ^ "Nigel Melker takes first ever GP3 Series pole". GP3 Series (GP2 Motorsport Limited). 2010-05-08. Retrieved 2010-05-14. 
  10. ^ "Varhaug storms to victory in Barcelona". GP3 Series. GP2 Motorsport Limited. 2010-05-08. Retrieved 2010-05-14. 
  11. ^ "Rossi leads from start to finish". GP3 Series. GP2 Motorsport Limited. 2010-05-09. Retrieved 2010-05-14. 
  12. ^ "Mercedes-Benz Junior Team: Back for 2012!". Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters. Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Limited. 2012-04-03. Retrieved 2012-04-03. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Richard Philippe
Formula BMW USA
Champion

2006
Succeeded by
Daniel Morad
Preceded by
Mikhail Aleshin
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
Champion

2011
Succeeded by
Robin Frijns