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Anthony Denis Davidson (born 18 April 1979) is a Britishmarker Formula One racing driver from England, born in Hemel Hempsteadmarker, Hertfordshiremarker. He has raced for Minardi, Super Aguri and been a test driver for the British American Racing and Honda teams. He is currently a commentator for BBC's Radio 5 Live Formula One coverage and the reserve driver for Brawn GPmarker.

Career

Davidson began kart racing in 1987, competing in various Britishmarker, European and North American championships. He won three British championships (93, 94, 95), one Italian championship and was runner-up in the Formula A European championship in 1996. In 1999, he moved to single seater cars, racing Formula Fords and winning the 1600 cc Kent engine class of the British Formula Ford festival that year. The following season, he was runner-up in the British Formula Ford championship but did win the blue riband Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch and scooped the McLaren/Autosport Young Driver of the Year Award.

In 2001, Davidson competed in the British Formula Three championship with the Carlin team, finishing second overall to teammate Takuma Sato. His performance improved throughout the season and he outscored Sato from June until the season's end. He also won the Formula Three Pau Grand Prixmarker, the Spa Masters and the FIA European Cup.

Formula One

BAR and Minardi

In late 2000, Davidson became the test driver for the British American Racing (BAR) Formula One team for the season. The following season Davidson started two races for the small Minardi team, temporarily replacing regular driver Alex Yoong, who the team had decided to suspend after he had failed to qualify for three races. Minardi had originally planned to put Justin Wilson in the car, but he proved too tall. Davidson's qualifying times were within 0.6s of teammate Mark Webber at his two starts in Hungary and Belgium, but he spun out of both events.

He was not given a chance to race in and remained as test driver at BAR alongside Takuma Sato. When Sato was promoted to the race team following the departure of Jacques Villeneuve, it presented Davidson with the opportunity to become third driver. This was especially useful in as BAR were able to run a third car in Friday morning testing, which became Davidson's duty. 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 race drivers Sato and Jenson Button did.

In November 2004, BAR announced that it had failed to come to an acceptable contractual agreement with the Williams team to allow Davidson to drive for Williams in because Williams would not agree to his unconditional "repatriation" to BAR in . 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 unwell Sato at the 2005 Malaysian Grand Prix, but his engine expired just two laps into the event.

Honda

In 2006 Davidson resumed his role as test driver for BAR, now owned by Honda and renamed Honda Racing F1. As BAR had failed to be one of the top four constructors the previous season Honda were able to run a third car on Friday, giving Davidson a bigger role than in 2005. Having previously done some radio commentary work for BBC Radio 5 Live, in 2006 he made his debut as a television commentator, standing in for the absent Martin Brundle for ITV Sport at the Hungarian Grand Prix, which was won by Jenson Button and the Honda team. In 2008 Davidson returned to Honda as test driver for the testing at Spain's Circuit de Catalunyamarker whilst Honda test driver Alexander Wurz was racing at Le Mans.

Super Aguri

On November 15, 2006, Super Aguri confirmed that Davidson would partner Takuma Sato for the 2007 Formula One season. Thus, he became a regular Formula One driver for the first time.

At the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix Davidson was running third when his car struck a groundhog on the straight before the pits, ultimately putting him back to 11th place and ending his bid for his first career points. At the Hungarian Grand Prix Davidson's rear suspension was broken during a collision with Giancarlo Fisichella, which forced him to retire. Davidson finished the season in 23rd place having scored no points.



Amid financial problems which threatened their continued participation in Formula One, Super Aguri retained Davidson alongside team-mate Sato for . However, on 6 May 2008 Super Aguri withdrew from the Championship leaving Davidson without a race seat.

24 Hours of Le Mans

Davidson raced for the Aston Martin Racing team in the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans, alongside Darren Turner and Jos Verstappen. His team drove Lola-Aston Martin B09/60 in the LMP1 class, which finished 13th overall in the race

Commentating

He has since been heard as a co-commentator on selected Grands Prix for BBC Radio 5 Live. This became permanent on February 13, 2009 when it was announced he would commentate alongside David Croft for the season.

Future

Davidson has expressed his desire to return to Formula One during his commentary duties, and has been linked with incoming teams Manor and Lotus . However, no confirmation of negotiations has come from either side, and his future in Formula One remains uncertain.

Personal life

On 11 August 2006, Davidson married his girlfriend Carrie in Banburymarker, Oxfordshire. The couple live in Brackleymarker. His brother Andrew Davidson appeared in the first seriesmarker of Big Brother in the UK.

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Name Races Poles Wins Points Final Placing
1999 British Formula Ford Winter Series Haywood Racing Preparations ? ? ? 47 1st
2000 Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup ? 8 0 0 4 29th
TOCA British Formula Ford Haywood Racing ? ? 3 122 3rd
Formula Ford Festival World Cup Haywood Racing 1 1 1 N/A 1st
2001 Formula One British American Racing Test driver
British Formula Three Carlin Motorsport 26 7 6 272 2nd
European Formula Three Cup Series Carlin Motorsport ? 1 2 ? 1st
Masters of Formula Three Carlin Motorsport 1 0 0 N/A 3rd
2002 Formula One Minardi 2 0 0 N/A NC
British American Racing Test driver
2003 Formula One British American Racing Test driver
American Le Mans Series Veloqx/Prodrive Racing (GTS) 2 0 0 44 11th
Le Mans 24 Hours Veloqx/Prodrive Racing (GTS) 1 0 0 N/A NC
2004 Formula One British American Racing Test driver
2005 Formula One British American Racing 1 0 0 0 NC
2006 Formula One Honda Test driver
2007 Formula One Super Aguri 17 0 0 0 23rd
2008 Formula One Super Aguri 4 0 0 0 22nd
Honda Test driver
2009 Formula One Brawn GPmarker Test driver


Complete Formula One results

(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
2002 KLmarker Minardi Asiatech Minardi PS02 Asiatech AT02 3.0 V10 AUS

MALmarker

BRA

SMR

ESP

AUT

MON

CAN

EUR

GBR

FRA

GER

HUN

Ret
BEL

Ret
ITA

USA

JPN

NC 0
2004 Lucky Strike BAR Honda BAR 006 Honda RA004E 3.0 V10 AUS

TD
MAL

TD
BHR

TD
SMR

TD
ESP

TD
MON

TD
EUR

TD
CAN

TD
USA

TD
FRA

TD
GBR

TD
GER

TD
HUN

TD
BEL

TD
ITA

TD
CHN

TD
JPN

TD
BRA

TD
- -
2005 Lucky Strike BAR Honda BAR 007 Honda RA005E 3.0 V10 AUS

MAL

Ret
BHR

SMR

ESP

MON

EUR

CAN

USA

FRA

GBR

GER

HUN

TURmarker

ITA

BEL

BRA

JPN

CHN

NC 0
2006 Lucky Strike Honda

Racing F1 Team
Honda RA106 Honda RA806E 2.4 V8 BHR

TD
MAL

TD
AUS

TD
SMR

TD
EUR

TD
ESP

TD
MON

TD
GBR

TD
CAN

TD
USA

TD
FRA

TD
GER

TD
HUN

TD
TURmarker

TD
ITA

TD
CHN

TD
JPN

TD
BRA

TD
- -
2007 Super Aguri F1 Super Aguri SA07 Honda RA807E 2.4 V8 AUS

16
MAL

16
BHR

16
ESPmarker

11
MON

18
CAN

11
USA

11
FRA

Ret
GBR

Ret
EUR

12
HUN

Ret
TURmarker

14
ITA

14
BEL

16
JPN

Ret
CHN

Ret
BRA

14
23rd 0
2008 Super Aguri F1 Super Aguri SA08 Honda RA808E 2.4 V8 AUS

Ret
MALmarker

15
BHRmarker

16
ESPmarker

Ret
TURmarker

WD
MON

CAN

FRA

GBR

GER

HUN

EUR

BEL

ITA

SIN

JPN

CHN

BRA

22nd 0


References

  1. http://f1.gpupdate.net/en/news/2000/12/04/bar-signs-anthony-davidson-as-test-driver/
  2. BBC SPORT | Motorsport | Formula One | Davidson returns as Honda tester
  3. The 2010 Drivers Market Eurosport.Yahoo.com 6 November 2009


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