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Markus Winkelhock (born June 13, 1980 in Stuttgartmarker, Bad Cannstattmarker, Germanymarker) is a Germanmarker racing driver, who has taken part in one Formula One Grand Prix, which he briefly led. He is the son of the late Manfred Winkelhock and nephew of Joachim Winkelhock, both of whom were Formula One drivers in the 1980s.

Early career

Winkelhock driving in the German F3 series in 2002.


Markus won races in a string of junior formulae including Formula König, German Formula Renault and the Formula Renault Eurocup from 1998-2000.

In 2001, Winkelhock joined the German Formula 3 Championship, where he remained until the championship became the F3 Euroseries in 2003. His record was fifth overall in 2001 (three wins), seventh in 2002 (one win) and fourth in 2003 (two wins).

He switched to touring car racing in 2004, with a season in the DTM in an AMG-Mercedes CLK. But he failed to score a point all year with the Persson team.

Winkelhock switched back to single-seater racing in 2005, joining the World Series by Renault with Draco. He won three times but there were also some less than shining moments - notably when he crashed at Monaco in qualifying and on the first lap of the race.

Formula One

On January 24, 2006, Marcus Winkelhock was confirmed a test and reserve driver in the Midland F1 team, (formerly Jordan Grand Prix) for the Formula One season. He participated in Friday test sessions for the team at the Bahrain, Australian, German and Hungarian Grands Prix.

He was re-signed for by the team, now in its Spyker F1 guise. He also made a brief return to the DTM in 2007, starting three races.

Following Christijan Albers' departure from Spyker after the 2007 British Grand Prix, Winkelhock was confirmed as his replacement for the European Grand Prix on July 18. The deal was only for one race with Sakon Yamamoto set to race for Spyker for the rest of the season.

Leading on Grand Prix debut

Due to Christijan Albers' departure from the Spyker F1 Team, Winkelhock was called in for the 10th race of the season, the European Grand Prix. Winkelhock started last on the 22-car grid alongside team mate Adrian Sutil. But on the formation lap with the rest of the field already on dry-weather tyres, the team made a last-second decision to call Winkelhock into the pits to switch to intermediate tyres. When pouring rain forced almost all the others to pit at the end of the first lap, Winkelhock was able to move into the lead, passing some cars as they pitted, and even passing Kimi Räikkönen on the track as the Finn tip-toed around to the pits, eventually building a lead of 33 seconds by the end of the second lap. By lap 4 he had a lead of 1:55.714 over Ferrari's Felipe Massa in 2nd place.

As the rain got heavier the race stewards first sent out the safety car, and then suspended the race following a series of spin-offs in the first corner behind the safety car. The race re-started after the rain had eased. Winkelhock and his team chose to start on full wet tyres on a drying track in the hope of further showers, as the team expected he would be overtaken by faster cars anyway. The gamble failed and, having re-started the race from pole position, Winkelhock quickly fell down the order. He retired on lap 15 with hydraulic problems that caused a small fire. He had led for a total of six laps.

According to Bob Varsha of the Speed Channel commentary team, Winkelhock is the only driver in Formula One history to start last on the grid and lead the race in his first Grand Prix, and due to the red flag and restart, is also the only driver in Formula One history to start both last and first on the grid in the same Grand Prix.

Despite leading his debut race, the Spyker team eventually opted against giving Winkelhock a drive for the remainder of the 2007 season for sponsorship reasons, and instead decided to give the drive to former Super Aguri driver Sakon Yamamoto.

Post-Formula One career



Winkelhock returned to the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters after he lost his Spyker seat, and has remained in the series, driving for Team Rosberg, for 2008 and 2009.

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Name Races Poles Wins Points Final Placing
1998 Formula König ? 9 2 3 161 2nd
1999 Formula Renault Germany SL Formula Racing 8 1 2 72 4th
Lechner Racing
2000 Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup ? ? ? 1 78 6th
Formula Renault 2000 Italy SL Racing 4 0 0 8 21st
2001 German Formula Three Mücke Motorsport 20 2 3 141 5th
Masters of Formula Three ? 1 0 0 N/A 36th
2002 German Formula Three Mücke Motorsport 18 2 1 28 7th
2003 Formula Three Euroseries Mücke Motorsport 20 1 2 71 4th
Masters of Formula Three ? 1 0 0 N/A 6th
2004 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Team Persson 10 0 0 0 19th
2005 World Series by Renault Draco Multiracing USA 17 1 3 114 3rd
2006 Formula One Midland Test driver
Porsche Supercup Porsche AG 1 0 0 0 NC
2007 Formula One Spyker 1 0 0 0 NC
Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline 2 0 0 0 19th
Futurecom TME 5 0 0 0
2008 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Team Rosberg 11 0 0 6 11th
2009 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Team Rosberg 10 0 0 11 10th


Complete Formula One results

(key)
Yr Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 WDC Points
2006 MF1 Racing Midland M16 Toyota RVX-06 2.4 V8 BHR

TD
MAL

AUS

TD
SMR

EUR

ESP

MON

GBR

CAN

USA

FRA

GER

TD
HUN

TD
TURmarker

ITA

CHN

JPN

BRA

- -
2007 Etihad Aldar Spyker F1 Team Spyker F8-VII Ferrari 056H 2.4 V8 AUS

MAL

BHR

ESPmarker

MON

CAN

USA

FRA

GBR

EUR

Ret
HUN

TURmarker

ITA

BEL

JPN

CHN

BRA

NC 0


Complete DTM results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)
Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pos Points
2004 Mercedes HOC1marker

15
ESTmarker

17
ADRmarker

20
LAUmarker

13
NORmarker

18
SHA1

9
NÜRmarker

Ret
OSCmarker

16
ZANmarker

14
BRNmarker

18
HOC2marker

13
19th 0
2007 Audi HOC1marker

OSCmarker

LAUmarker

Ret
BRHmarker

14
NORmarker

MUGmarker

9
ZANmarker

13
NÜRmarker

Ret
CATmarker

12
HOC2marker

13
19th 0
2008 Audi HOC1marker

12
OSCmarker

6
MUGmarker

7
LAUmarker

Ret
NORmarker

11
ZANmarker

8
NÜRmarker

9
BRHmarker

11
CATmarker

11
BUG

11
HOC2marker

Ret
11th 6
2009 Audi HOC1marker

4
LAUmarker

Ret
NORmarker

13
ZAN

DSQ
marker
OSCmarker

Ret
NÜRmarker

4
BRHmarker

Ret
CATmarker

Ret
DIJmarker

10
HOC2marker

8
10th 11
1 - Shanghai was a non-championship round.

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