Daniel Abt

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Daniel Abt
Abt Daniel 2012.jpg
Abt in his 2012 Lotus GP suit.
Nationality Germany German
Born (1992-12-03) 3 December 1992 (age 24)
Kempten, Germany
Formula E career
Debut season 2014–15
Current team ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport
Car no. 66
Starts 33
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 4
Poles 2
Fastest laps 2
Best finish 7th in 2015–16
Finished last season 7th
Previous series
201314
2012
2011
2010
200809
GP2 Series
GP3 Series
Formula 3 Euro Series
German Formula Three
ADAC Formel Masters
Championship titles
2009 ADAC Formel Masters

Daniel Abt (born 3 December 1992) is a German racing driver. He has competed in such series as the German Formula Three Championship, the GP3 Series, the GP2 Series, and won the 2009 ADAC Formel Masters championship. He currently competes in Formula E with ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport.

Career[edit]

ADAC Formel Masters[edit]

Abt was born in Kempten, Bavaria. In 2008, Abt switched to formula racing and competed in the ADAC Formel Masters for his father's team, Abt Sportsline. He started from the pole position four times and clinched a third and two second places as his best results. Finishing the season in eighth place of the standings he was defeated by his team-mate Markus Pommer, who finished fifth overall with one victory to his credit. In 2009, Abt contested his second season in the ADAC Formel Masters for Abt Sportsline and with eight race wins commandingly clinched the champion's title ahead of Klaus Bachler. He took seven pole positions and a total of ten podium results. With 224 points against 90 points he clearly prevailed in the internal duel against his team-mate René Binder.

Formula Three[edit]

After running in the German Formula Three Championship as a guest entrant for Performance Racing in 2009, he switched to the series in 2010 joining the championship-winning Van Amersfoort Racing team.[1] During the season Abt prevailed against his team-mates Stef Dusseldorp and Willi Steindl and had chances of winning the championship title up to the last race weekend. In the end, he had to admit defeat to Tom Dillmann with a score of 112 points against 120 points, and with two race wins and a total of ten podium places finished as the overall runner-up. After the season, he competed for Signature at the prestigious Macau Grand Prix. Abt was leading the race ahead of his team-mates Edoardo Mortara and Laurens Vanthoor but lost control of his vehicle and retired after an accident.[2]

In 2011, Abt joined the Formula 3 Euro Series grid for Signature,[3] finishing the season in seventh place after taking four third places as his best results. In the team, he was defeated by Marco Wittmann and Vanthoor, who achieved second and sixth place. Ahead of Carlos Muñoz, who finished in position eight of the standings, Abt was the third-best driver of his team. In addition, Abt was entitled to points in the 2011 FIA Formula 3 International Trophy where he achieved fourth place. At the end of the year, he tested for Audi in a DTM car.[4]

GP3 and GP2[edit]

After setting the fastest time on several occasions in GP3 tests for Lotus GP at the end of 2011,[5] the racing team that had provided the champion and the runner-up the year before, the team gave him a cockpit for the 2012 GP3 Series season.[6]

On 19 December 2012 Abt got a contract to join ART Grand Prix in the GP2 Series in 2013 together with James Calado. Abt struggled as a rookie and finished the season in 22nd with only eleven points to his name, but remained in the championship for 2014 by moving to the German Hilmer Motorsport squad alongside fellow GP3 runner-up Facu Regalia.

Formula E (2014–present)[edit]

Abt driving in the 2014 Punta del Este ePrix

On 13 February 2014 Abt was confirmed to also be racing in the inaugural Formula E season with his family associated team Audi Sport ABT alongside Audi's World Endurance Championship driver Lucas di Grassi.

2014–15[edit]

Having driven to 3rd on the podium in the inaugural Formula E race, Abt was penalised for illegal modifications on his car resulting being pushed down to 10th position. Abt achieved one podium finish, pole position and fastest lap in the 2014–15 season with 32 points and 11th place in the championship. Abt failed to live up to expectations in his debut season having scored 101 less than teammate Lucas Di Grassi having lacked consistency.

Additional information[edit]

From 2008 to 2010, Abt was a candidate of the Deutsche Post Speed Academy.[7] As the Academy's overall winner in 2009 and 2010 he became "Germany's motorsport talent of the year."[8][9] Since 2010, Abt has also been a member of Volkswagen's talent promotion programme.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Besides Daniel Abt, other members of his family are involved in motorsport. His father, Hans-Jürgen, is the owner and principal of the Abt Sportsline team which is active in the DTM and other series. His uncle, Christian Abt, is a racing driver as well and was active in the DTM for a number of years.

Abt is managing director of Abt Lifestyle GmbH.[citation needed]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F.L. Podiums Points Position
2008 ADAC Formel Masters Team Abt Sportsline 16 0 1 1 3 91 8th
2009 ADAC Formel Masters Team Abt Sportsline 16 8 7 3 10 224 1st
German Formula Three Performance Racing 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2010 German Formula Three Van Amersfoort Racing 18 2 6 5 10 112 2nd
Macau Grand Prix Signature 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2011 Formula 3 Euro Series Signature 27 0 0 1 4 150 7th
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 6th
FIA Formula 3 International Trophy 8 0 0 0 0 44 4th
2012 GP3 Series Lotus GP 16 2 1 0 7 149.5 2nd
Formula Renault 3.5 Series Tech 1 Racing 6 0 0 0 0 0 34th
German Formula Three Van Amersfoort Racing 3 0 0 0 1 18 14th
Macau Grand Prix Carlin 1 0 0 0 0 0 12th
2013 GP2 Series ART Grand Prix 22 0 0 0 0 11 22nd
2014 GP2 Series Hilmer Motorsport 20 0 0 0 0 27 16th
2014–15 Formula E Audi Sport ABT 11 0 1 1 1 32 11th
2015 FIA World Endurance Championship Rebellion Racing 4 0 0 0 0 2 28th
24 Hours of Le Mans 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 18th
2015–16 Formula E ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport 10 0 0 0 3 68 7th
2016 ADAC GT Masters Bentley Team ABT 13 0 1 0 1 45 19th
24H Series C. Abt Racing 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2016–17 Formula E ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport 12 0 0 1 0 67 8th

Complete Formula 3 Euro Series 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 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 DC Points
2011 Signature Dallara F308/057 Volkswagen LEC
1

Ret
LEC
2

11
LEC
3

9
HOC
1

4
HOC
2

7
HOC
3

6
ZAN
1

Ret
ZAN
2

8
ZAN
3

5
RBR
1

6
RBR
2

3
RBR
3

4
NOR
1

10
NOR
2

10
NOR
3

3
NÜR
1

12
NÜR
2

7
NÜR
3

7
SIL
1

5
SIL
2

5
SIL
3

5
VAL
1

10
VAL
2

10
VAL
3

7
HOC
1

5
HOC
2

3
HOC
3

6
7th 150

Complete GP3 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 D.C. Points
2012 Lotus GP CAT
FEA

13
CAT
SPR

6
MON
FEA

6
MON
SPR

3
VAL
FEA

6
VAL
SPR

2
SIL
FEA

4
SIL
SPR

Ret
HOC
FEA

7
HOC
SPR

2
HUN
FEA

2
HUN
SPR

11
SPA
FEA

1
SPA
SPR

5
MNZ
FEA

1
MNZ
SPR

2
2nd 149.5

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series results[edit]

(key)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pos Points
2012 Tech 1 Racing ALC
1
ALC
2
MON
1
SPA
1
SPA
2
NÜR
1
NÜR
2
MSC
1
MSC
2
SIL
1
SIL
2
HUN
1

18
HUN
2

24
LEC
1

Ret
LEC
2

18
CAT
1

16
CAT
2

Ret
34th 0

Complete GP2 Series results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 D.C. Points
2013 ART Grand Prix SEP
FEA

Ret
SEP
SPR

16
BHR
FEA

14
BHR
SPR

7
CAT
FEA

11
CAT
SPR

8
MON
FEA

16
MON
SPR

22
SIL
FEA

15
SIL
SPR

Ret
NÜR
FEA

21
NÜR
SPR

18
HUN
FEA

24
HUN
SPR

14
SPA
FEA

16
SPA
SPR

16
MNZ
FEA

17
MNZ
SPR

22
MRN
FEA

13
MRN
SPR

DSQ
YMC
FEA

9
YMC
SPR

5
22nd 11
2014 Hilmer Motorsport BHR
FEA

13
BHR
SPR

13
CAT
FEA

Ret
CAT
SPR

12
MON
FEA

Ret
MON
SPR

17
RBR
FEA

17
RBR
SPR

23
SIL
FEA

10
SIL
SPR

11
HOC
FEA

20
HOC
SPR

15
HUN
FEA

5
HUN
SPR

5
SPA
FEA

8
SPA
SPR

5
MNZ
FEA

Ret
MNZ
SPR

10
SOC
FEA

Ret
SOC
SPR

13
YMC
FEA
YMC
SPR
16th 27

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 12 Pos Points
2014–15 Audi Sport ABT Spark-Renault SRT 01E BEI
10
PUT
10
PDE
15
BNA
13†
MIA
3
LBH
15
MON
Ret
BER
14
MOS
5
LON
Ret
LON
11
11th 32
2015–16 ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport Spark-ABT Schaeffler FE01 BEI
11
PUT
7
PDE
8
BNA
13
MEX
7
LBH
3
PAR
10
BER
2
LON
Ret
LON
2
7th 68
2016–17 ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport Spark-ABT Schaeffler FE02 HKG
Ret
MAR
6
BNA
7
MEX
7
MON
7
PAR
13†
BER
6
BER
4
NYC
14†
NYC
Ret
MTR
4
MTR
6
8th 67

† Driver did not finish the race, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance.

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2015 Switzerland Rebellion Racing Switzerland Alexandre Imperatori
Austria Dominik Kraihamer
Rebellion R-One-AER LMP1 336 18th 9th

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Rank Points
2015 Rebellion Racing LMP1 Rebellion R-One AER P60 2.4 L Turbo V6 SIL SPA LMS
17
NÜR
Ret
COA
14
FUJ
16
SHA BHR 28th 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Daniel Abt: 2010 als VW-Junior in der Formel 3" [Daniel Abt: 2010 as a Volkswagen Junior in Formula 3]. Motorsport-Total.com (in German). sport media group GmbH. 27 November 2009. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  2. ^ Ziegler, Stefan (21 November 2010). "Mortara bezwingt Macao: Zweiter Sieg in Folge!" [Mortara conquers Macau: Second win in a row!]. Motorsport-Total.com (in German). sport media group GmbH. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "Abt steigt in die Formel-3-Euroserie auf" [Abt graduates into the Formula 3 Euro Series]. Motorsport-Total.com (in German). sport media group GmbH. 27 October 2010. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "Abt and Vanthoor test DTM Audi". Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters. ITR e.V. 19 December 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "Daniel Abt sets pace on first day of GP3 post-season testing". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. 23 November 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "Daniel Abt sets pace on first day of GP3 post-season testing". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. 18 January 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  7. ^ „2008: Premiere in the formula car“ (danielabt.de 25 May 2010)
  8. ^ "Abt ist "Deutschlands Motorsport-Talent des Jahres"" [Abt is "Germany's Motorsport Talent of the Year"]. Motorsport-Total.com (in German). sport media group GmbH. 30 November 2009. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  9. ^ „Daniel Abt: Der Sieger 2010“ (speed-academy.de 14 Februar 2011)

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Armando Parente
ADAC Formel Masters
Champion

2009
Succeeded by
Richie Stanaway