Christian Danner

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Christian Danner
Born (1958-04-04) 4 April 1958 (age 56)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Germany German
Active years 1985 - 1987, 1989
Teams Zakspeed, Osella, Arrows, Rial
Races 47 (36 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 4
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1985 Belgian Grand Prix
Last race 1989 Portuguese Grand Prix

Christian Danner (born 4 April 1958 in Munich) is a former race car driver from Germany.

The son of well-known car safety expert Max Danner, Christian started motor-racing in the Renault 5 cup. He advanced to Formula 2 and set the F2 lap record of the current configuration of the old Nürburgring, which also stands as the 3rd fastest lap around the track.

Christian Danner's car in 1982

Danner won the inaugural Formula 3000 championship in 1985, and debuted in Formula One on 15 September 1985 for the all-German team Zakspeed. He eventually participated in 47 Grand Prix events. His best result was a lucky 4th place at the 1989 United States Grand Prix for Rial, having started 26th and last on the grid. He also managed one 6th place whilst driving for Arrows.

Danner was the first of what would be a long line of Formula 3000 champions who would fail to make an impact in Formula One, with Jean Alesi, Olivier Panis and Juan Pablo Montoya being the only F3000 champions to actually win a Grand Prix.

Danner competed in Japanese Formula 3000 in 1990 driving for Leyton House's F3000 team. He scored 4 points and was ranked 14th. In 1991 he drove in one race of the British Touring Car Championship at Thruxton in a BMW M3.

Danner later raced in Champ Cars and also in the International Touring Car Championship for Alfa Romeo. He took part in the now defunct series, Grand Prix Masters.

He is also an F1 commentator for the channel RTL in his native Germany.

Christian Danner is one of the few vegetarians in motorsports.[1]

Motorsports career results[edit]

European Formula Two Championship 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 Pos Pts
1981 March Racing March 812 BMW SIL
10
HOC
9
THR
5
NÜR
10
VAL
Ret
MUG
16
PAU
Ret
PER
Ret
SPA
Ret
DON
14
MIS
Ret
MAN
11
18th 2
1982 March Racing March 822 BMW SIL
Ret
HOC
Ret
THR
Ret
NÜR
9
MUG
Ret
VAL
13
PAU
Ret
SPA
9
HOC
Ret
DON
7
MAN
6
PER
5
MIS
4
14th 6
1983 Onyx Racing March 832 BMW SIL
3
THR
13
HOC
2
NÜR
3
VAL
10
PAU
5
JAR
9
DON
5
MIS
Ret
PER
7
ZOL
4
MUG
10
5th 21
1984 PMC Motorsport March 842 BMW SIL
7
HOC
6
THR
2
VAL
3
MUG
3
PAU
4
HOC
Ret
MIS
6
PER
Ret
DON
3
BRH
10
5th 23

International Formula 3000 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 DC Points
1985 BS Automotive SIL
4
THR
6
EST
9
VAL
3
PAU
1
SPA
3
DIJ
1
PER
3
ZEL
16
ZAN
1
DON
1
1st 51

Formula One results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
1985 West Zakspeed Racing Zakspeed 841 Zakspeed 1500/4 1.5 L4T BRA
POR
SMR
MON
CAN
DET
FRA
GBR
GER
AUT
NED
ITA
BEL
Ret
EUR
Ret
RSA
AUS
NC 0
1986 Osella Squadra Corse Osella FA1F Alfa Romeo 890T 1.5 V8T BRA
Ret
ESP
Ret
SMR
Ret
MON
DNQ
BEL
Ret
CAN
Ret
18th 1
Barclay Arrows BMW Arrows A8 BMW M12/13 1.5 L4T DET
Ret
FRA
11
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
AUT
6
ITA
8
POR
11
MEX
9
AUS
Ret
Arrows A9 HUN
Ret
1987 West Zakspeed Racing Zakspeed 861 Zakspeed 1500/4 1.5 L4T BRA
9
SMR
7
NC 0
Zakspeed 871 BEL
Ret
MON
EX
DET
8
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
AUT
9
ITA
9
POR
Ret
ESP
Ret
MEX
Ret
JPN
Ret
AUS
7
1989 Rial Racing Rial ARC2 Ford Cosworth DFR (Mader) 3.5 V8 BRA
14
SMR
DNQ
MON
DNQ
MEX
12
USA
4
CAN
8
FRA
DNQ
GBR
DNQ
GER
DNQ
HUN
DNQ
BEL
DNQ
ITA
DNQ
POR
DNQ
ESP
JPN
AUS
21st 3

American Open-Wheel racing results[edit]

IndyCar/CART[edit]

(key)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
1992 Euromotorsport Australia
SRF
 
United States
PHX
 
United States
LBH
 
United States
INDY
 
United States
DET
18
United States
POR
 
United States
MIL
 
United States
NHM
 
Canada
TOR
16
United States
MIS
 
United States
CLE
16
United States
ROA
16
Canada
VAN
21
United States
MDO
19
United States
NZR
13
United States
LS
20
39th 0
1993 Euromotorsport Australia
SRF
 
United States
PHX
 
United States
LBH
 
United States
INDY
 
United States
MIL
 
United States
DET
 
United States
POR
 
United States
CLE
25
Canada
TOR
 
United States
MIS
 
United States
NHM
 
United States
ROA
11
Canada
VAN
 
United States
MDO
 
United States
NZR
 
United States
LS
26
31st 2
1994 Project Indy Australia
SRF
 
United States
PHX
 
United States
LGH
 
United States
INDY
 
United States
MIL
 
United States
DET
12
United States
POR
 
United States
CLE
Wth
Canada
TOR
 
United States
MIS
 
United States
MDO
 
United States
NHM
 
Canada
VAN
 
United States
ROA
12
United States
NZR
 
United States
LS
 
30th 2
1995 Project Indy United States
MIA
7
Australia
SRF
 
United States
PHX
 
United States
LBH
 
United States
NZR
 
United States
INDY
 
United States
MIL
 
United States
DET
22
United States
POR
 
United States
ROA
 
Canada
TOR
 
United States
CLE
 
United States
MIS
 
United States
MDO
 
United States
NHM
 
Canada
VAN
 
United States
LS
 
25th 6
1997 Payton/Coyne United States
MIA
 
Australia
SRF
 
United States
LBH
 
United States
NZR
 
Brazil
RIO
 
United States
STL
 
United States
MIL
 
United States
DET
12
United States
POR
27
United States
CLE
 
Canada
TOR
 
United States
MIS
 
United States
MDO
 
United States
ROA
 
Canada
VAN
23
United States
LS
 
United States
FON
 
31st 1

Series Summary

Years Teams Starts Points Poles Wins Podiums
(Non-win)
Top 10s
(Non-podium)
Championships
5 3 18 11 0 0 0 1 0

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mike Thackwell
(Formula 2)
International Formula 3000 Champion
1985
Succeeded by
Ivan Capelli