Alex Fontana

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Alex Fontana
Nationality Switzerland Swiss
Born (1992-08-05) 5 August 1992 (age 25)
Lugano, Switzerland
GP3 Series career
Debut season 2011
Current team Status Grand Prix
Car no. 8
Former teams Jenzer Motorsport, ART Grand Prix
Starts 58
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 1
Best finish 11th in 2014
Previous series
2015
2014-15
2012
2011
2010
2009
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
Formula E
FIA Formula Two Championship
European F3 Open Championship
Italian Formula Three
Formula Azzurra
Championship titles
2011 European F3 Open Championship

Alex Fontana (born 5 August 1992 in Lugano) is a Swiss racing driver of Greek descent.

Career[edit]

Karting[edit]

Prior to his racing career, Fontana enjoyed a very successful period in the junior Karting ranks, the highlights of his career coming in 2007 when he won the Swiss KF3 championship and the following year when he became champion in the Bridgestone Cup Switzerland KF2 class.

Formula Azzurra[edit]

In 2009, Fontana graduated to single–seaters, racing in the Italian–based Formula Azzurra series for MG Motorsport. He took three podium places, including two race victories, to finish the year in seventh position, with team–mate Alberto Cerqui winning the title.[1]

Formula Three[edit]

2010 saw Fontana step up to the Italian Formula Three Championship with the Corbetta Competizioni team.[2] He failed to score a championship point in the sixteen races he contested, with a best race result of 12th coming in the second event at Hockenheim.

The following year saw Fontana remain with the team, but switching series to race in the European F3 Open Championship, alongside Italian Matteo Torta.[3] He secured the title at the final round of the season in Barcelona, finishing five points clear of RP Motorsport's David Fumanelli courtesy of race wins at Spa–Francorchamps and Monza and a further five podium finishes.[4]

GP3 Series[edit]

In August 2011, Fontana made his debut in the Formula One–supporting GP3 Series, replacing Vittorio Ghirelli at Jenzer Motorsport for the penultimate round of the season at Spa–Francorchamps.[5] After finishing 14th in the first race, he took the final championship point in race two by finishing in sixth place.[6] He was unable to take part in the final round of the year at Monza due to a prior Formula Three testing commitment and was replaced by countryman Christophe Hurni.[7]

Formula Two[edit]

After completing a successful test session at Barcelona in December 2011, Fontana will graduate to the FIA Formula Two Championship in 2012.[8]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2009 Formula Azzurra MG Motorsport 16 2 0 0 3 49 7th
2010 Italian Formula 3 Championship Corbetta Competizioni 16 0 0 0 0 0 27th
2011 European F3 Open Corbetta Competizioni 16 2 1 1 7 120 1st
GP3 Series Jenzer Motorsport 2 0 0 0 0 1 24th
2012 FIA Formula Two Championship Motorsport Vision 16 1 0 1 3 115 7th
GP3 Series Jenzer Motorsport 4 0 0 0 0 8.5 18th
2013 GP3 Series Jenzer Motorsport 16 0 0 0 1 18 17th
2014 GP3 Series ART Grand Prix 18 0 0 1 2 43 11th
2014-15 Formula E Trulli GP 2 0 0 0 0 0 33rd
2015 GP3 Series Status Grand Prix 18 0 0 0 0 16 16th
Formula Renault 3.5 Series Pons Racing 1 0 0 0 0 2 24th
2016 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup Garage 59 5 0 0 0 0 0 NC
Intercontinental GT Challenge 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2017 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup - Pro-Am AKKA ASP 4 0 0 0 0 2 47th
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup 4 0 0 0 0 0 NC
Emil Frey Jaguar Racing 1 0 0 0 0

* Season still in progress.

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 17 18 DC Points
2011 Jenzer Motorsport IST
FEA
IST
SPR
CAT
FEA
CAT
SPR
VAL
FEA
VAL
SPR
SIL
FEA
SIL
SPR
NÜR
FEA
NÜR
SPR
HUN
FEA
HUN
SPR
SPA
FEA

14
SPA
SPR

6
MNZ
FEA
MNZ
SPR
24th 1
2012 Jenzer Motorsport CAT
FEA
CAT
SPR
MON
FEA
MON
SPR
VAL
FEA
VAL
SPR
SIL
FEA
SIL
SPR
HOC
FEA
HOC
SPR
HUN
FEA

17
HUN
SPR

15
SPA
FEA

10
SPA
SPR

4
MNZ
FEA
MNZ
SPR
18th 8.5
2013 Jenzer Motorsport CAT
FEA

10
CAT
SPR

9
VAL
FEA

14
VAL
SPR

11
SIL
FEA

7
SIL
SPR

3
NÜR
FEA

Ret
NÜR
SPR

17
HUN
FEA

10
HUN
SPR

19
SPA
FEA

21
SPA
SPR

12
MNZ
FEA

Ret
MNZ
SPR

Ret
YMC
FEA

13
YMC
SPR

10
17th 18
2014 ART Grand Prix CAT
FEA

11
CAT
SPR

19
RBR
FEA

Ret
RBR
SPR

17
SIL
FEA

15
SIL
SPR

Ret
HOC
FEA

11
HOC
SPR

13
HUN
FEA

14
HUN
SPR

13
SPA
FEA

6
SPA
SPR

3
MNZ
FEA

Ret
MNZ
SPR

10
SOC
FEA

3
SOC
SPR

Ret
YMC
FEA

6
YMC
SPR

15
11th 43
2015 Status Grand Prix CAT
FEA

9
CAT
SPR

16
RBR
FEA

10
RBR
SPR

6
SIL
FEA

19
SIL
SPR

18
HUN
FEA

14
HUN
SPR

13
SPA
FEA

10
SPA
SPR

6
MNZ
FEA

8
MNZ
SPR

16
SOC
FEA

19
SOC
SPR

11
BHR
FEA

19
BHR
SPR

19
YMC
FEA

15
YMC
SPR

13
16th 16

Half points awarded as less than 75% of race distance was completed.

Complete Formula Two results[edit]

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

Year No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pos Points
2012 10 SIL
1

3
SIL
2

3
ALG
1

7
ALG
2

10
NÜR
1

6
NÜR
2

5
SPA
1

8
SPA
2

5
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

7
LEC
1

14
LEC
2

Ret
HUN
1

1
HUN
2

5
MNZ
1

9
MNZ
2

6
7th 115

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
2015 Pons Racing ALC
1
ALC
2
MON
1

9
SPA
1

SPA
2

HUN
1

HUN
2

RBR
1

RBR
2

SIL
1

SIL
2

NÜR
1

NÜR
2

BUG
1

BUG
2

JER
1

JER
2

24th 2

Complete Formula E 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
2014–15 Trulli GP Spark-Renault SRT 01E BEI PUT PDE BNA MIA LBH MON BER MOS LON
Ret
LON
14
33rd 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Formula Azzurra – Trofeo Alboreto 2009". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Corbetta conferma Alex Fontana". italiaracing.net (in Italian). Inpagina. 18 December 2009. Archived from the original on 25 May 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Wilkinson, Andy (22 March 2011). "Corbetta sign Fontana and Torta for F3 Open". motorstv.com. Motors TV. Archived from the original on 19 March 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Weeks, James (31 October 2011). "Fontana seals title as Fumanelli rules in Spain". motorstv.com. Motors TV. Archived from the original on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  5. ^ Allen, Peter (24 August 2011). "Alex Fontana Replaces Vittorio Ghirelli At Jenzer". TheCheckeredFlag.co.uk. BlackEagleMedia. Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  6. ^ Allen, Peter (28 August 2011). "Stanaway wins on debut weekend in GP3". TheCheckeredFlag.co.uk. BlackEagleMedia. Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  7. ^ Allen, Peter (8 September 2011). "Jenzer field 48-year-old driver in GP3 season finale". TheCheckeredFlag.co.uk. BlackEagleMedia. Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "Alex Fontana graduates to Formula Two". FIA Formula Two Championship. MotorSport Vision. 9 March 2012. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Marco Barba
European F3 Open Championship
Champion

2011
Succeeded by
Niccolò Schirò