Robert Wickens

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Robert Wickens
Robert Wickens 2011.JPG
Wickens at the 2011 Nürburgring World series by Renault round
Nationality Canada Canadian
Born (1989-03-13) March 13, 1989 (age 28)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
DTM career
Debut season 2012
Current team Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes Me
Car no. 6
Former teams Mücke Motorsport
Starts 84
Wins 6
Podiums 15
Poles 5
Fastest laps 5
Best finish 4th in 2016
Finished last season 9th (119 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 3
Formula 3 Euro Series
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) is a Canadian racing driver, currently driving in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters for the HWA Team.[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.

Wickens left DTM after the 2017 season and signed to drive for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in the 2018 IndyCar Series.[2]

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 became a Red Bull Junior Team driver.[3] 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,[4] Wickens moved up to the Formula Renault 3.5 Series for the 2008 season, with Carlin Motorsport.[5] He claimed one win at Silverstone[6] and finished season on the twelfth place with 55 points.

Formula 3 Euro Series[edit]

Apart from involvement in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, in 2008 Wickens competed in Formula 3 Euro Series 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.[7] 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.[8]

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.[9] After getting third place in Barcelona qualifying,[10] a good start and Nigel Melker retiring on the opening lap upped him to second place in the first race.[11] 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.[12]

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]

Wickens, Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters 2014 - Hockenheimring

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 Wickens, together with the Formula 3 Euro Series 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 was 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.[13]

IndyCar[edit]

In June 2017, Wickens joined Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for the IndyCar Series' Kohler Grand Prix at Road America. He drove the No. 7 car during practice in place of Mikhail Aleshin, who had competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans a week prior and was unable to return to the United States in time for the start of the Grand Prix weekend due to problems surrounding his immigration visa.[14]

It was announced in October 2017 that Wickens would be joining the team full-time for the 2018 season.[2]

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 3 Euro Series 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 3 Euro Series Kolles & Heinz Union 4 0 0 0 0 0 NC
British Formula 3 Championship 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
2012 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Mücke Motorsport 10 0 0 0 0 14 16th
2013 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters HWA Team 10 1 1 0 3 70 5th
2014 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters HWA Team 10 1 2 0 1 41 12th
2015 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters HWA AG 18 1 0 1 2 61 13th
2016 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Mercedes-Benz DTM Team HWA I 18 2 1 3 5 124 4th
2017 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes Me 18 1 1 1 4 119 9th
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship - PC Starworks Motorsport 1 0 0 0 0 26 23rd
IndyCar Series Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 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 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 DC Points
2008 Signature-Plus Dallara F308/011 Volkswagen HOC
1
HOC
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
HOC
1

23
HOC
2

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

11
HOC
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
HOC
1
HOC
2
22nd 0

Complete FIA Formula Two Championship 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 CAT
FEA

2
CAT
SPR

4
IST
FEA

11
IST
SPR

21
VAL
FEA

2
VAL
SPR

16
SIL
FEA

9
SIL
SPR

5
HOC
FEA

1
HOC
SPR

5
HUN
FEA

4
HUN
SPR

2
SPA
FEA

1
SPA
SPR

11
MNZ
FEA

2
MNZ
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 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters 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 13 14 15 16 17 18 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
DSQ
NÜR
9
LAU
5
ZAN
8
HOC
17
12th 41
2015 HWA AG DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupé HOC
1

Ret
HOC
2

7
LAU
1

6
LAU
2

18
NOR
1

2
NOR
2

1
ZAN
1

Ret
ZAN
2

19
SPL
1

Ret
SPL
2

20†
MSC
1

12
MSC
2

22
OSC
1

Ret
OSC
2

16
NÜR
1

8
NÜR
2

Ret
HOC
1

Ret
HOC
2

18
13th 61
2016 Mercedes-Benz DTM Team HWA I Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM HOC
1

2
HOC
2

5
SPL
1

11
SPL
2

20
LAU
1

3
LAU
2

3
NOR
1

Ret
NOR
2

11
ZAN
1

1
ZAN
2

16
MSC
1

1
MSC
2

5
NÜR
1

9
NÜR
2

13
HUN
1

10
HUN
2

10
HOC
1

23†
HOC
2

9
4th 124
2017 Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes Me Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM HOC
1

15
HOC
2

Ret
LAU
1

2
LAU
2

3
HUN
1

Ret
HUN
2

8
NOR
1

Ret
NOR
2

11
MSC
1

4
MSC
2

9
ZAN
1

11
ZAN
2

15†
NÜR
1

3
NÜR
2

1
SPL
1

4
SPL
2

10
HOC
1

7
HOC
2

17
9th 119

Driver retired, but was classified as they completed 75% 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. ^ a b "SPM Announces 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series Driver Lineup". spmindycar.com. Retrieved 19 October 2017. 
  3. ^ Robert Wickens redbull-juniorteam.com
  4. ^ "Wickens to replace Ammermuller". autosport.com. 2007-10-10. Retrieved 2007-10-10. 
  5. ^ "Aleshin and Wickens stay with Carlin". autosport.com. 2007-12-20. Retrieved 2007-12-20. 
  6. ^ "Wickens claims first victory in World Series". wsr.gpupdate.net. GPUpdate.net. 2008-06-08. Retrieved 2010-05-13. 
  7. ^ "Robert Wickens and Julien Jousse sign up for F2". FIA Formula Two Championship. 2008-12-10. Retrieved 2009-01-07. 
  8. ^ Canada's F1 hope may need deep pockets to realize dream theglobeandmail.com 05 November 2009
  9. ^ Robert Wickens Targets GP3 Series Title With Status Grand Prix, PaddockTalk, April 1, 2010, Retrieved 2010-04-05
  10. ^ "Nigel Melker takes first ever GP3 Series pole". GP3 Series. GP2 Motorsport Limited. 2010-05-08. Retrieved 2010-05-14. 
  11. ^ "Varhaug storms to victory in Barcelona". GP3 Series. GP2 Motorsport Limited. 2010-05-08. Retrieved 2010-05-14. 
  12. ^ "Rossi leads from start to finish". GP3 Series. GP2 Motorsport Limited. 2010-05-09. Retrieved 2010-05-14. 
  13. ^ "Mercedes-Benz Junior Team: Back for 2012!". Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters. Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Limited. 2012-04-03. Retrieved 2012-04-03. 
  14. ^ Weaver, Matt (June 22, 2017). "Robert Wickens to replace Mikhail Aleshin at Schmidt Peterson IndyCar team". Autoweek. Retrieved June 22, 2017. 

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