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Anthony Davidson


Personal Details

Nationality British
Date of Birth 18.04.1979
Place of Birth Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England
Marital status Married to Carrie Bond
Lives Northamptonshire, England
Height 1.65 m
Weight 55 kg
Hobbies Electronics, music, travel, mountain biking
Website www.anthonydavidson.info

Career Results

GP Debut Hungary 2002 (Minardi)
GP Starts 24
Best World Championship 22nd - 2008 (Super Aguri F1)
First Podium N/A
GP Victories 0
Placings - 2nd 0
Placings - 3rd 0
Best Qualifying Position 11th – Turkey 2007 & Australia 2007 (Super Aguri F1)
Total Career Points 0
Pole Positions 0

Career Profile

2009 Formula One: Brawn GP - Test driver

Formula One: Super Aguri F1 Team - Competed in the first four rounds before the team withdrew from Formula One. Finished 22nd in the FIA Formula One World Championship

Formula One: Honda Racing F1 Team - Test driver

2007 Formula One: Super Aguri F1 Team - Finished 23rd in the FIA Formula One World Championship
2006 Formula One: Honda Racing F1 Team - Third Driver
2005 Formula One: B·A·R Honda - Third Driver
One race start - replaced Takuma Sato at Malaysian GP
2004 Formula One: B·A·R Honda - Third Driver
2003 Formula One: B·A·R Honda - Test Driver
Competed in three races: 12 hours of Sebring (2nd), Le Mans 24 hours (DNF) and Petit Le Mans (2nd) - for the Veloqx Prodrive Ferrari GT team
2002 Formula One: B·A·R Honda - Test Driver
Competed in two rounds of the 2002 FIA Formula One World Championship (Hungary & Belgium) for Minardi
2001 Formula One: B·A·R Honda - Test Driver
British F3 Championship: Runner-up
FIA European Cup F3: Champion
F3 Pau GP: Winner
F3 Spa Masters: Winner
2000 Formula Ford Zetec British Championship: Runner-up
Formula Ford Festival World Cup: Winner
McLaren/Autosport Young Driver of the Year
1999 BRSCC Formula Ford Zetec Championship: Champion
Italian Karting Open Championship: Runner-up
1998 WKA/FMK/FIA North American Karting Championship: 3rd
1997 CIK/FIA Oceania Karting Championship: Runner-up
1996 CIK/FIA European Karting Championship: Runner-up
1995 RAC MSA Junior British Karting Champion
1994 RAC MSA Junior British Karting Champion

Anthony Davidson (born April 18, 1979) is an English auto racing driver who is currently a test driver for the Honda Formula One team. He was born in Hemel Hempstead and currently resides in London. He is nicknamed 'Ant' due to his diminutive size.

Like most racing drivers, Davidson started racing in karts in 1987, racing in various British, European and North American championships. In 1999 he moved to cars, racing Formula Fords and winning the McLaren/Autosport Young Driver of the Year Award in 2000. In 2001 he competed in the European and British Formula Three championships, winning the former and coming runner-up in the latter, behind team-mate Takuma Sato, although from June onwards he scored more points than his more experienced team-mate. In this year he became the test driver for British American Racing (BAR), whilst in 2002 he started two races for Minardi, retiring from them both but impressing observers with his speed.

In 2004, BAR were able to run a third car in Friday morning testing, and Davidson was given the honour. He frequently impressed with his pace, although some have questioned the validity of these times as a raw indicator due to the lack of need to conserve the car in the way the race drivers Button and Sato did. Contrary to popular rumour, only 2 of his fast times were set on light fuel - a fact his father has repeated many times on internet forums, where he frequently posts in support of his son.

In November 2004, BAR announced that it had failed to come to an acceptable contractual agreement with Williams to allow Davidson to drive for the latter team in 2005 (because Williams would not agree to his unconditional "repatriation" to BAR in 2006). Given BAR's long-term contract on Davidson, his chance of securing a race seat for 2005 was therefore called into serious doubt. He was given the opportunity to fill in for an ailing Takuma Sato at the 2005 Malaysian Grand Prix, but his Honda engine expired into flames just two laps into the event.

Anthony is still a test driver for BAR (now Honda Racing F1). He has a bigger role than in 2005, as Honda failed to be one of the top 4 constructors, meaning they can run a third friday driver.

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 December 2009 16:29

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