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Marc Gené i Guerrero (born March 29, 1974 in Sabadellmarker, Spainmarker) is a motor racing driver, from Cataloniamarker, Spainmarker, best known as a tester for Williams and Ferrari in Formula One and a factory driver for Peugeot's Le Mansmarker team. His brother Jordi is also a racing driver, competing in the WTCC for SEAT.

He had 36 starts in Formula One, mostly through two seasons with the Minardi team, with which he scored a sixth place finish at the attrition-filled 1999 European Grand Prix.

As part of a deal signed between Scuderia Ferrari and SKY Italia, Marc Gené comments the F1 races on SKY Sport, along with the journalist Carlo Vanzini.

Early years

Gené finished runner-up in the 1987 Catalan Kart Championship (National Class) at the age of 13; he would win both this and the National Class Spanish Kart Championship in 1988. In 1989 he competed in both the European and World championships. Gene won the Senior Class of the 1990 Spanish Kart Championship, making him the youngest driver to do so. He competed again in the World Championship in 1991, placing 13th.

For 1992 Gené moved into Formula Ford, placing fifth in the Spanish championship with a win and two pole positions. He was runner-up in the 1993 European Championship, with one win and three podiums; also, Gené took second place at the Formula Ford World Cup and Festival. In 1994, Gené was named Rookie of the Year in the British Formula Three Championship; he placed 10th in 1995. In 1996 Gené won the FISA Superformula championship, and in 1997 he competed in five rounds of the FIA Formula 3000 series, though he failed to score a point. In 1998 he won the Open Fortuna by Nissan Championship with six wins and three poles.

Gené went to the University of Buckinghammarker(UK) in 1993 and studied Economics during his training for future racing events.



Formula One

Gené got his big break in 1999, occupying a race seat with the Minardi team. It was a difficult year; however, after several ninth places and an eighth, he managed to score his first point, and Minardi's first since 1995, with a sixth place at the European Grand Prixmarker. He continued with Minardi in 2000, but failed to score a single point.

Testing

Unable to obtain a quality drive for 2001, Gené opted to sign with Williams as test driver. He has, however, driven some Grands Prix for Williams. The first of these was the 2003 Italian Grand Prixmarker, where Ralf Schumacher was unable to race because of a concussion. Gené replaced his teammate well, collecting four points for a fifth place finish, but Schumacher was back in the car for the next race in the USA. Following a back injury to Schumacher at the 2004 USGP, Gené drove in the 2004 Frenchmarker and Britishmarker Grands Prix, but subsequently lost the race seat to Antônio Pizzonia and hasn't raced since.

In November 2004, Gené signed a deal to become a test driver for Scuderia Ferrari alongside former teammate Luca Badoer. His contract was renewed for . A limit on testing in Formula One in 2007 and 2008 has restricted his involvement. For 2010, he is linked with a race seat at Formula One newcomers Campos Grand Prix for 2010.

Other racing

Gené has also been hired by Peugeot as a factory driver for their 908 Le Mans Series effort, as well as the 24 Hours of Le Mansmarker. Continuing for 2008, Gené crashed his 908 heavily in practice for the 2008 24 Hours of Le Mans, but escaped with a broken toe. A year later, however, there were no such problems for Marc, and the Peugeot he shared with David Brabham and Alex Wurz completed 382 laps on its way to victory in the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans. He completed the last stint for the team and brought the 908 home to a standing ovation from the avid French crowd, who saw one of their cars stop the recent domination of Audi in the prestigious event.In both 2008 and 2009 he also took part in the 1000km Spa endurance race, winning in 2008 and finishing 12th in 2009.

Career Statistics (as of 2004 British Grand Prix)

Complete Formula One results

(key)
Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 WDC Points
1999 Fondmetal Minardi Ford Minardi M01 Ford V10 AUS

Ret
BRA

9
SMR

9
MON

Ret
ESP

Ret
CAN

8
FRA

Ret
GBR

15
AUT

11
GER

9
HUN

17
BEL

16
ITA

Ret
EUR

6
MAL

9
JPN

Ret
18th 1
2000 Telefonica Minardi Fondmetal Minardi M02 Fondmetal V10 AUS

8
BRA

Ret
SMR

Ret
GBR

14
ESP

14
EUR

Ret
MON

Ret
CAN

16
FRA

15
AUT

8
GER

Ret
HUN

15
BEL

14
ITA

9
USA

12
JPN

Ret
MAL

Ret
19th 0
2003 BMW WilliamsF1 Team Williams FW25 BMW V10 AUS

MAL

BRA

SMR

ESP

AUT

MON

CAN

EUR

FRA

GBR

GER

HUN

ITA

5
USA

JPN

17th 4
2004 BMW WilliamsF1 Team Williams FW26 BMW V10 AUS

MAL

BHR

SMR

ESP

MON

EUR

CAN

USA

FRA

10
GBR

12
GER

HUN

BEL

ITA

CHN

JPN

BRA

23rd 0


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