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Markus Winkelhock
Markus Winkelhock
Markus winkelhock brandshatch2014.JPG
Winkelhock at the Brands Hatch round of the 2014 Blancpain Sprint Series season.
NationalityGermany German
Born (1980-06-13) 13 June 1980 (age 41)
Stuttgart, West Germany
Previous series
2011-12

2007
2006
2005
2004, 2007-2010
2003
2001, 2003
2001-2002
2000
2000

1999
1998
FIA GT1 World Championship
Formula One
Porsche Supercup
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
DTM
Formula 3 Euro Series
Masters of Formula 3
German F3 Championship
Formula Renault 2000 Italy
Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup
Formula Renault Germany
Formula König
Championship titles
2018

2017
2012
Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup - Pro-Am
Intercontinental GT Challenge
FIA GT1 World Championship
Formula One World Championship career
Active years2007
TeamsSpyker
Entries1 (1 start)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry2007 European Grand Prix
Last entry2007 European Grand Prix

Markus Winkelhock (born 13 June 1980) is a German professional racing driver. He is the son of Manfred Winkelhock and nephew of Joachim Winkelhock, both of whom were Formula One drivers in the 1980s.[1] During his brief Formula One career he led the 2007 European Grand Prix for several laps before retiring with mechanical problems. Having switched to sports and touring car racing, he has also won the FIA GT1 World Championship in 2012 with team-mate Marc Basseng.

Early career

Winkelhock driving in the German F3 series in 2002.

Born in Stuttgart, Winkelhock won races in a string of junior formulae including Formula König, German Formula Renault and the Formula Renault Eurocup from 1998-2000.[2]

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).[2]

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.[2]

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.[2]

Formula One

On 24 January 2006, Winkelhock was confirmed as a test and reserve driver for the Midland F1 team (formerly Jordan Grand Prix) for the 2006 Formula One season.[3] He participated in Friday test sessions for the team at the Bahrain, Australian, German and Hungarian Grands Prix.[2]

He was re-signed for 2007 by the team, which by then had been renamed as Spyker F1.[4] He also made a brief return to the DTM in 2007, starting three races.[2]

Following Christijan Albers's departure from Spyker after the 2007 British Grand Prix, Winkelhock was confirmed as his replacement for the European Grand Prix on 18 July.[5] The deal was only for one race with Sakon Yamamoto set to race for Spyker for the rest of the season.[6]

2007 European Grand Prix

In the race, Winkelhock started last on the 22-car grid alongside teammate Adrian Sutil. On the formation lap, with the rest of the field on dry-weather tyres, the team made a last-second decision to call Winkelhock into the pits to switch to full wet 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 19 seconds by the end of the second lap. By lap 4 he had a lead of 33 seconds over Ferrari's Felipe Massa in 2nd place.

As the rain got heavier, the stewards first sent out the safety car and then suspended the race following a series of spins in the first corner behind the safety car. The race restarted 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 restarted the race from the lead, 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.[7]

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 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 driving for Audi (Team Rosberg) in the 2009 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters season at the Hockenheimring.

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 (12th), 2009 (10th) and 2010 (12th).

In 2011, he competed in the FIA GT1 World Championship for the All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport team alongside team boss Marc Basseng driving a Lamborghini. They won the championship the following year, the team having switched to the Mercedes SLS due to a change in the regulations.

Winkelhock was to move with Münnich Motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship for 2013,[8] however he left the team before the start of the season in order to focus on his GT racing commitments, and was replaced by defending champion Robert Huff.[9]

Since 2013, he has more or less settled in the Blancpain Endurance Series and also won the 2017 Nurburgring 24 hours sportscar race.[10]

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Races Poles Wins Points Position
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 3 Championship Mücke Motorsport 20 2 3 141 5th
Masters of Formula 3 ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg 1 0 0 N/A 36th
2002 German Formula 3 Championship Mücke Motorsport 18 2 1 28 7th
2003 Formula 3 Euro Series Mücke Motorsport 20 1 2 71 4th
Masters of Formula 3 ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg 1 0 0 N/A 6th
2004 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Persson Motorsport 10 0 0 0 19th
2005 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Draco Multiracing USA 17 1 3 114 3rd
2006 Formula One MF1 Racing Test driver
Porsche Supercup Porsche AG 1 0 0 0 NC
2007 Formula One Etihad Aldar Spyker F1 Team 1 0 0 0 NC
Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters 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
2010 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Team Rosberg 11 0 0 7 12th
2011 GT1 World Championship All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport 20 0 3 102 5th
2012 GT1 World Championship All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport 18 0 1 145 1st
2013 Blancpain Endurance Series Phoenix Racing 5 0 0 12 23rd
FIA GT Series 2 0 0 0 NC?
2014 Blancpain Sprint Series Phoenix Racing 14 0 0 32 11th
Blancpain Endurance Series 1 0 1 43 10th
United SportsCar Championship - GTD Flying Lizard Motorsports 2 0 0 34 56th
World Rallycross Championship EKS RX 1 0 0 0 56th
2015 Blancpain Sprint Series Phoenix Racing 14 0 0 48 9th
Blancpain Endurance Series 5 0 0 0 NC
United SportsCar Championship - GTD Flying Lizard Motorsports 1 0 0 1 58th
2016 ADAC GT Masters Phoenix Racing 10 0 0 22 30th
Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup 8 0 0 0 NC
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup 1 0 0 18 21st
Intercontinental GT Challenge Audi 3 0 0 33 5th
2017 ADAC GT Masters BWT Mücke Motorsport 12 0 0 14 33rd
Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup Belgian Audi Club Team WRT 9 0 1 74 2nd
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup 1 0 0 30 8th
Audi Sport Team Saintéloc 2 0 1
Intercontinental GT Challenge Audi 3 0 2 50 1st
2018 ADAC GT Masters BWT Mücke Motorsport 14 0 0 42 14th
Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup Saintéloc Racing 10 0 0 1 25th
Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup - Pro-Am 10 2 5 134.5 1st
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup 5 0 0 27 18th
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup - Pro-Am 3 0 0 36 12th
Intercontinental GT Challenge Audi 4 0 1 58 4th
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship - GTD Magnus Racing 1 0 0 25 52nd
2019 ADAC GT Masters BWT Mücke Motorsport 14 0 0 80 12th
Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe Saintéloc Racing 9 0 0 3 22nd
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup 4 0 0 12 19th
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup - Pro-Am 3 0 0 30 11th
Intercontinental GT Challenge Audi 5 0 0 40 11th
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship - GTD Moorespeed 1 0 0 20 56th
2020 GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup Saintéloc Racing 4 0 0 22 15th
Intercontinental GT Challenge Audi 4 0 0 26 9th
ADAC GT Masters EFP Car Collection by TECE 6 0 0 0 NC?
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship - GTD Team Hardpoint 1 0 0 18 54th
2021 GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup ROFGO Racing with Team WRT 2 0 0 0 NC*
GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup Saintéloc Racing 1 0 0 2 9th*

? As Winkelhock was a guest driver, he was ineligible for points.
* Season still in progress.

Complete Formula 3 Euro Series 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 20 DC Points
2003 ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg Dallara F302/012 HWA-Mercedes HOC
1

3
HOC
2

4
ADR
1

Ret
ADR
2

17
PAU
1

21
PAU
2

Ret
NOR
1

Ret
NOR
2

5
LMS
1

8
LMS
2

18
NÜR
1

1
NÜR
2

2
A1R
1

4
A1R
2

6
ZAN
1

4
ZAN
2

4
HOC
1

Ret
HOC
2

2
MAG
1

1
MAG
2

9
4th 71

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series results

(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
2005 Draco Multiracing USA ZOL
1

NC
ZOL
2

3
MON
1

DNS
VAL
1

11
VAL
2

12
LMS
1

1
LMS
2

5
BIL
1

Ret
BIL
2

7
OSC
1

Ret
OSC
2

3
DON
1

5
DON
2

1
EST
1

4
EST
2

2
MNZ
1

3
MNZ
2

1
3rd 114

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
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
TUR ITA CHN JPN BRA  -  -
2007 Etihad Aldar Spyker F1 Team Spyker F8-VII Ferrari 056H 2.4 V8 AUS MAL BHR ESP MON CAN USA FRA GBR EUR
Ret
HUN TUR ITA BEL JPN CHN BRA NC 0

Complete Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters results

(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 Pos. Pts
2004 Persson Motorsport AMG-Mercedes CLK-DTM 2003 HOC
15
EST
17
ADR
Ret
LAU
13
NOR
Ret
SHA
9?
NÜR
Ret
OSC
16
ZAN
14
BRN
18
HOC
13
19th 0
2007 Abt Sportsline Audi A4 DTM 2007 HOC OSC LAU
Ret
BRH
14
NOR 19th 0
Futurecom TME Audi A4 DTM 2005 MUG
9
ZAN
13
NÜR
Ret
CAT
12+
HOC
13
2008 Team Rosberg Audi A4 DTM 2007 HOC
12
OSC
6
MUG
7
LAU
Ret
NOR
11
ZAN
8
NÜR
9
BRH
11
CAT
12
BUG
11
HOC
Ret
11th 6
2009 Team Rosberg Audi A4 DTM 2008 HOC
4
LAU
Ret
NOR
13
ZAN
DSQ
OSC
Ret
NÜR
4
BRH
18+
CAT
Ret
DIJ
10
HOC
8
10th 11
2010 Team Rosberg Audi A4 DTM 2008 HOC
15
VAL
15+
LAU
10
NOR
Ret
NÜR
Ret
ZAN
DNS
BRH
15+
OSC
Ret
HOC
Ret
ADR
4
SHA
7
12th 7

+ - Driver did not finish, but completed 90% of the race distance.
? - Shanghai was a non-championship round.

Complete GT1 World Championship results

Complete FIA GT Series results

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos. Points
2013 Phoenix Racing Audi R8 LMS ultra Pro NOG
QR
NOG
CR
ZOL
QR
ZOL
CR
ZAN
QR
ZAN
CR
SVK
QR
SVK
CR
NAV
QR
NAV
CR
BAK
QR

9
BAK
CR

12
NC 0?

? -- Guest driver - Not eligible for points.

Complete Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe results

+ Winkelhock was ineligible to score points during the Moscow weekend due to Nikolaus Mayr-Melnhof's absence.
* Season still in progress.

Complete FIA World Rallycross Championship results

Supercar

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos Points
2014 EKS RX Audi S1 POR GBR NOR FIN
24
SWE BEL CAN FRA GER ITA TUR ARG 57th 0

Complete WeatherTech SportsCar Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Class Make Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Rank Points
2014 Flying Lizard Motorsports GTD Audi R8 LMS ultra Audi 5.2L V10 DAY
2
SEB
8
LBH LGA WGL MOS IMS ELK VIR COA PET 56th 34
2015 Flying Lizard Motorsports GTD Audi R8 LMS ultra Audi 5.2L V10 DAY
10+
SEB LGA DET WGL LIM ELK VIR COA PET 58th 1
2018 Magnus Racing GTD Audi R8 LMS Audi 5.2 L V10 DAY
6
SEB MDO DET WGL MOS LIM ELK VIR LGA PET 52nd 26
2019 Moorespeed GTD Audi R8 LMS Evo Audi 5.2 L V10 DAY
11
SEB MDO DET WGL MOS LIM ELK VIR LGA PET 56th 20
2020 Team Hardpoint GTD Audi R8 LMS Evo Audi 5.2 L V10 DAY DAY SEB ELK VIR ATL MDO CLT PET
13
LGA SEB 54th 18

+ Winkelhock did not complete sufficient laps in order to score full points.

References

  1. ^ "F1's famous names return". F1Fanatic.co.uk. 2007. Retrieved .
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Who's Who: Markus Winkelhock". F1Fanatic.co.uk. 2007. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Markus Winkelhock is MF1 Racing's test driver". NewsOnF1.net. 2006-01-25. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Spyker announces four test drivers". GPUpdate.net. 2007-02-01. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "Winkelhock name to return to F1". news.bbc.co.uk. 2007-07-18. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "Spyker confirm Yamamoto deal". Autosport.com. 2007-07-26. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "European Grand Prix 2007 statistics and facts". F1Fanatic.co.uk. 2007. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Basseng and Winkelhock set for WTCC 2013". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. 8 November 2012. Archived from the original on 11 January 2013. Retrieved 2012.
  9. ^ "ROB HUFF DEFENDS TITLE WITH ALL-LINKL.COM". World Touring Car Championship. Kigema Sport Organisation. 27 February 2013. Archived from the original on 5 October 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  10. ^ Brown, Allen. "Markus Winkelhock". oldracingcars.com. Retrieved 2018.

External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Michael Krumm
Lucas Luhr
FIA GT1 World Championship
Champion

2012
With: Marc Basseng
Succeeded by
None
(Series ended)
Preceded by
Laurens Vanthoor
Intercontinental GT Challenge
Champion

2017
Succeeded by
Tristan Vautier
Preceded by
Daniel Keilwitz
Alexander Mattschull
Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup
Pro-Am Champion

2018
With: Nyls Stievenart
Succeeded by
Phil Keen
Hiroshi Hamaguchi
(GT World Challenge Europe)
Preceded by
Alexander Mattschull
Blancpain GT Series
Pro-Am Champion

2018
With: Nyls Stievenart
Succeeded by
Andrea Bertolini
Louis Machiels

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