Alex Fontana

Alex Fontana (born 5 August 1992 in Lugano) is a Swiss racing driver of Greek descent, currently racing as a professional driver in the GT World Challenge Europe for Emil Frey Racing. He is a freelance driver with an open contract able to race for different teams and different manufacturers at the same time. When he is not racing, he works as a coach and driving instructor in Europe, America, and China, while commentating the Formula 1 Grands Prix for Swiss television with RSI.

Alex Fontana
Alex Fontana.jpg
NationalitySwitzerland Swiss
BornAlex Fontana
(1992-08-05) 5 August 1992 (age 28)
Lugano, Switzerland
GT World Challenge Europe career
Current teamEmil Frey Racing
Former teamsDongfeng Yueda Kia Racing Team, Adrenaline Motorsport, Akka ASP Team, Zun Motorsport Crew, Phantom Pro Racing
Previous series
China Touring Car Championship, VLN, China GT Championship
Championship titles
2019
2018
2011
China GT Championship GT4
Blancpain Endurance Silver Cup
European F3 Open Championship

CareerEdit

KartingEdit

Fontana's passion for racing began in 1996 at three and a half years old in the Greek island of Rhodes, driving his first baby Puffo Kart. Until 2008 he raced in the Swiss National Championships and international events as a factory driver for Swiss Hutless and PCR International. Highlights include the Swiss Karting Championship 2007 KF3 title, the 2006 Biland 4 Stroke World Final win in Dubai, the Bridgestone Cup 2008 KF2 title win, and the Italian Open Master 2008 Runner Up, as well as qualifying for the World Karting Championship 2008 in La Conca, Italy.

Single seatersEdit

In 2009 came the switch to single-seaters after making it into the BMW Talent Scout event at Valencia in 2008. In 2009 he raced in Formula Azzurra with MG Motorsport taking two wins and one additional podium. In 2010 there was the switch to Formula 3 with Corbetta Competizioni in the Italian Championship, before moving up in 2011 with the same team in the European Formula 3 Open. 2011 was a successful year for Fontana with two wins and nine podiums, allowing him to take the overall championship title. At the end of the year, he had the opportunity to test the Mercedes DTM for the HWA Team.

In the same year, he had the first single race weekend as a wild card in GP3 Series with Jenzer Motorsport, scoring points with a 6th place at the race debut.

In 2012 he joined the FIA Formula 2 Championship with three podiums and a win, being selected at the end of the year by Lotus F1 Junior Team, thanks also to other points finish in GP3 Series in 4th place, again as a wild card entry and again with Jenzer Motorsport.

2013 was the first season with Lotus F1 Junior Team and the first full season with Jenzer Motorsport in the GP3 Series, with one podium finish and the highlight of the first Formula 1 test with Lotus F1 Team 30 September in Paul Ricard circuit.

In 2014 he continued with Lotus F1 Junior Team in GP3 Series but switching to ART Grand Prix, with two podiums and two front rows start. With only 5 races in the points out of 18, he finished 11th in the championship. At the end of the year, he joined the World Series 3.5 by Renault's official test in Jerez with Lotus Charouz signing the 2nd best lap time.

2015 was a bit of a special year. Lotus was sold to Renault and this caused the exit from the Junior Program. He raced again in GP3 Series with Status GP, with the Canadian team having some difficulties throughout the year and eventually exit the series. In the same year came the call from Pons Racing to replace Roberto Mehri in Monte Carlo, where he raced with Marussia F1. The first race in World Series 3.5 by Renault, the first race in the streets of Monaco, finished in the points with 9th place. At the end of the year he was called by Jarno Trulli to compete in the FIA Formula E Championship last double-round of London Battersea Park, and with the best result in 9th place in the second qualifying. After that, the last single-seater experience to date was the official GP2 Series test in Abu Dhabi, with Status GP and Rapax Team, with the highest result of 8th in the standings.

GT and touring carsEdit

In 2016 there was the switch to GT cars joining McLaren GT Academy for a Blancpain GT Endurance campaign and 24 Hours of Spa in PRO class. At the end of the year, it was called by KIA Motors to develop the new Super Production car for China Touring Car Championship, collecting a podium and a pole position in the debut weekends.

2017 was again in Blancpain GT Endurance and 24 Hours of Spa but in PRO-AM, with the Mercedes AMG supported car of AKKA ASP and his Chupa-Chups livery. A highlight of the year is the overall best lap time in the two days of official testing in Paul Ricard on a field of 55 cars. He was signed by KIA Motors for the maximum number of rounds a foreign driver could complete, four, taking two pole positions, two wins, and one more podium.

In 2018 he raced for Emil Frey Jaguar Racing winning the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup - Silver Cup and also placing the car in the top 5 in the overall standings 2 times out of 5. In China, he has been confirmed for the third year by KIA Motors in China Touring Car Championship. As a foreign driver he disputed the 4 mandatory races on 8 where, thanks to two victories, he allowed Kia to win the constructors' championship. He also took part in two VLN races to achieve the Permit A for the Nordschleife.

2019 was opened by taking part in the first round of the VLN with the official Nissan KCMG team at the "65. ADAC Westfalenfahrt". In this year Fontana was chosen as a driver for the official AMG team - Phantom Pro Racing in the China GT Championship, GT4 class, where, after an intense championship, he managed to win the title. He also raced for the fourth year in a row as an official Kia motors driver for Dongfeng Yueda Kia Racing Team in the China touring car championship for the maximum number of races allowed for a foreign driver. Thanks to his 84 points the Dongfeng Yueda Kia Racing Team has won the manufacturers' title for the second year in a row. Lastly, he has been involved in other motorsports competitions during the year including the china endurance championship as a driver for Lamborghini in GT3 class and as a coach for Volkswagen in TCR class. 2019 has also shown Fontana engaged in collaborations with the Swiss television RSI for the events of Formula 1 and other motorsport shows. In recognition for this year, Fontana was awarded by the Swiss Automobile Club an award for sports merit and a trophy in memory of Loris Kessel.

In 2020 Fontana was meant to join three different competitions in Asia, as well as a comeback in the European competitions. - Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many competitions have been canceled and Fontana didn't take part in any of the competitions in Asia. -

Fontana was confirmed to race with Adderly Fong in the Silver-Pro class of the GT World Challenge Asia behind the wheel of a Mercedes-AMG GT3 of the Zun Motorsport Crew. He, also, was still in contract to continue to race in the China GT Championship, that year in two classes: in a Mercedes-AMG GT3 in the GT3 class with Chris Chia and the Phantom Pro Racing Team, and, after the success of 2019, in the Mercedes-AMG GT4 in GT4 class.

Furthermore, after a long stop of the activities, Fontana has been called to compete in the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup 2020, driving the new Mercedes-AMG GT3 EVO of the AKKA ASP Team. The year has been concluded with 11th place in the endurance cup.

In 2021 Fontana is competing again in Europe, behind the wheel of the consolidated Emil Frey's Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo. This comeback has been announced 3 years after his success in the Silver class with the Swiss Team, which for the current year is racing with 3 cars.[1] Fontana takes part both in the Sprint Cup and Endurance Cup, both in the Silver category. In the debut race in Monza, together with his teammates Rolf Ineichen and Ricardo Feller they managed to become the first Silver cup team to finish the race on the overall podium other than winning in their category.

In June 2021 Fontana will take part to his first 24 hours of Nürburgring, racing in the main class with the Konrad Motorsport's Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo.

Racing recordEdit

Career summaryEdit

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/laps Podiums Points Position
2009 Formula Azzurra MG Motorsport 16 2 0 0 3 49 7th
2010 Italian Formula 3 Championship Corbetta Competizioni 16 0 0 0 0 0 27th
2011 European F3 Open Corbetta Competizioni 16 2 1 1 7 120 1st
GP3 Series Jenzer Motorsport 2 0 0 0 0 1 24th
2012 FIA Formula Two Championship Motorsport Vision 16 1 0 1 3 115 7th
GP3 Series Jenzer Motorsport 4 0 0 0 0 8.5 18th
2013 GP3 Series Jenzer Motorsport 16 0 0 0 1 18 17th
2014 GP3 Series ART Grand Prix 18 0 0 1 2 43 11th
2014-15 Formula E Trulli GP 2 0 0 0 0 0 33rd
2015 GP3 Series Status Grand Prix 18 0 0 0 0 16 16th
Formula Renault 3.5 Series Pons Racing 1 0 0 0 0 2 24th
2016 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup Garage 59 5 0 0 0 0 0 NC
China Touring Car Championship Dongfeng Yueda Kia Racing Team 4 0 1 0 1 21 22nd
Intercontinental GT Challenge McLaren 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2017 China Touring Car Championship Dongfeng Yueda Kia Racing Team 8 2 2 0 3 85 10th
Intercontinental GT Challenge Mercedes-AMG 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup - Pro-Am AKKA ASP 4 0 0 0 0 2 47th
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup 4 0 0 0 0 0 NC
Emil Frey Racing 1 0 0 0 0
2018 China Touring Car Championship Dongfeng Yueda Kia Racing Team 6 2 0 0 3 70.5 11th
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup Emil Frey Racing 5 0 0 0 0 22 21st
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup - Silver Cup 5 2 4 3 3 103 1st
Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup 2 0 0 0 0 3 23rd
Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup - Silver Cup 2 0 0 0 2 21.5 11th
European Le Mans Series - LMP3 Racing For Poland 1 0 0 0 0 0.5 36th
2019 China Touring Car Championship Dongfeng Yueda Kia Racing Team 8 1 0 0 3 84 9th
China GT Championship - GT4 PhantomPro Racing 12 4 0 0 6 178.5 1st
2020 GT World Challenge Asia Zun Motorsport Crew 0 0 0 0 0 0 -th**
China GT Championship - GT4 PhantomPro Racing 0 0 0 0 0 0 -th**
China GT Championship - GT3 0 0 0 0 0 0 -th**
GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup AKKA ASP 4 0 0 0 0 0 NC
GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup - Silver Cup 4 0 1 1 0 32 11th
Intercontinental GT Challenge Mercedes-AMG 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
European Le Mans Series - LMP3 BHK Motorsport 1 0 0 0 0 4 28th
2021 GT World Challenge Europe - Silver Cup Emil Frey Racing 8 4 4 1 7 131.5 1st
GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup - Silver Cup 6 3 3 0 5 81.5 1st
GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup - Silver Cup 2 1 1 1 2 50 1st

* Season still in progress.

** Season suspended due to COVID-19 situation.

Complete GP3 Series resultsEdit

(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 18 DC Points
2011 Jenzer Motorsport IST
FEA
IST
SPR
CAT
FEA
CAT
SPR
VAL
FEA
VAL
SPR
SIL
FEA
SIL
SPR
NÜR
FEA
NÜR
SPR
HUN
FEA
HUN
SPR
SPA
FEA

14
SPA
SPR

6
MNZ
FEA
MNZ
SPR
24th 1
2012 Jenzer Motorsport CAT
FEA
CAT
SPR
MON
FEA
MON
SPR
VAL
FEA
VAL
SPR
SIL
FEA
SIL
SPR
HOC
FEA
HOC
SPR
HUN
FEA

17
HUN
SPR

15
SPA
FEA

10
SPA
SPR

4
MNZ
FEA
MNZ
SPR
18th 8.5
2013 Jenzer Motorsport CAT
FEA

10
CAT
SPR

9
VAL
FEA

14
VAL
SPR

11
SIL
FEA

7
SIL
SPR

3
NÜR
FEA

Ret
NÜR
SPR

17
HUN
FEA

10
HUN
SPR

19
SPA
FEA

21
SPA
SPR

12
MNZ
FEA

Ret
MNZ
SPR

Ret
YMC
FEA

13
YMC
SPR

10
17th 18
2014 ART Grand Prix CAT
FEA

11
CAT
SPR

19
RBR
FEA

Ret
RBR
SPR

17
SIL
FEA

15
SIL
SPR

Ret
HOC
FEA

11
HOC
SPR

13
HUN
FEA

14
HUN
SPR

13
SPA
FEA

6
SPA
SPR

3
MNZ
FEA

Ret
MNZ
SPR

10
SOC
FEA

3
SOC
SPR

Ret
YMC
FEA

6
YMC
SPR

15
11th 43
2015 Status Grand Prix CAT
FEA

9
CAT
SPR

16
RBR
FEA

10
RBR
SPR

6
SIL
FEA

19
SIL
SPR

18
HUN
FEA

14
HUN
SPR

13
SPA
FEA

10
SPA
SPR

6
MNZ
FEA

8
MNZ
SPR

16
SOC
FEA

19
SOC
SPR

11
BHR
FEA

19
BHR
SPR

19
YMC
FEA

15
YMC
SPR

13
16th 16

Half points awarded as less than 75% of race distance was completed.

Complete FIA Formula Two Championship resultsEdit

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

Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pos Points
2012 SIL
1

3
SIL
2

3
ALG
1

7
ALG
2

10
NÜR
1

6
NÜR
2

5
SPA
1

8
SPA
2

5
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

7
LEC
1

14
LEC
2

Ret
HUN
1

1
HUN
2

5
MNZ
1

9
MNZ
2

6
7th 115

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series resultsEdit

(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 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pos Points
2015 Pons Racing ALC
1
ALC
2
MON
1

9
SPA
1
SPA
2
HUN
1
HUN
2
RBR
1
RBR
2
SIL
1
SIL
2
NÜR
1
NÜR
2
BUG
1
BUG
2
JER
1
JER
2
24th 2

Complete Formula E resultsEdit

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

Year Team Chassis Powertrain 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pos Points
2014–15 Trulli Formula E Team Spark SRT01-e SRT01-e BEI PUT PDE BUE MIA LBH MCO BER MSC LDN
Ret
LDN
14
33rd 0

Complete European Le Mans Series resultsEdit

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 Rank Points
2018 Racing For Poland LMP3 Ligier JS P3 Nissan VK50VE 5.0 L V8 LEC MNZ
14
RBR SIL SPA ALG 36th 0.5
2020 BHK Motorsport LMP3 Ligier JS P320 Nissan VK56DE 5.6L V8 LEC SPA LEC MNZ ALG
8
28th 4

Complete China Touring Car Championship resultsEdit

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pos Points
2017 Dongfeng Yueda Kia Racing Team Kia K3 2.0T Super Cup ZUN
1
ZUN
2
GUA
1

Ret
GUA
2

10
GUI
1
GUI
2
STC
1
STC
2
SHA
1

4
SHA
2

11
NIN
1

12
NIN
2

1
WUH
1
WUH
2
SHA
1

1
SHA
2

3
10th 85
2018 Dongfeng Yueda Kia Racing Team Kia K3 2.0T Super Cup SHA
1

2
SHA
2

Ret
ZUN
1
ZUN
2
GUA
1
GUA
2
STC
1
STC
2
NIN
1
NIN
2
WUH
1
WUH
2
STC
1

1
STC
2

5
SHA
1

9
SHA
2

1
11th 70.5
2019 Dongfeng Yueda Kia Racing Team Kia K3 2.0T Super Cup GUA
1

5
GUA
2

3
SHA
1
SHA
2
STC
1
STC
2
ZUN
1
ZUN
2
NIN
1

3
NIN
2

10
ZHE
1
ZHE
2
SHA
1

Ret
SHA
2

5
WUH
1

1
WUH
2

4
9th 84

Complete China GT Championship GT3/GT4 resultsEdit

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos Points
2019 PhantomPro Racing Mercedes-AMG GT4 GT4 SEP
1

1
SEP
2

3
NIN
1

5
NIN
2

1
SHA
1

11*
SHA
2

2
SHO
1

4
SHO
2

6
TIA
1

1
TIA
2

6
SHA
1

1
SHA
2

4
1st 178.5
2020** PhantomPro Racing Mercedes-AMG GT4 GT4 ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... -th 0
PhantomPro Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 GT3 ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... -th 0

* Half points awarded due to red flag.

** Season suspended due to COVID-19 situation.

Complete GT World Challenge Asia resultsEdit

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pos Points
2020* Zun Motorsport Crew Mercedes-AMG GT3 GT3 SEP
1
SEP
2
SHA
1
SHA
2
TBC
1
TBC
2
SEP
1
SEP
2
-th 0

* Season suspended due to COVID-19 situation.

Complete GT World Challenge Europe - Sprint Cup resultsEdit

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pos Points
2018 Emil Frey Racing Jaguar XK Emil Frey G3 Silver ZOL
1
ZOL
2
BRH
1
BRH
2
MIS
1

7
MIS
2

11
HUN
1
HUN
2
NÜR
1
NÜR
2
11th 21.5
2021 Emil Frey Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Silver

Overall (Category)

MAG
1

3 (1st)
MAG
2

8 (3rd)
ZAN
1

1 (1st)
ZAN
2

2 (1st)
MIS
1

9 (2nd)
MIS
2

11 (4th)
BRH
1
BRH
2
VAL
1
VAL
2
1st 81.5

Complete GT World Challenge Europe - Endurance Cup resultsEdit

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 Pos Points
2018 Emil Frey Racing Jaguar XK Emil Frey G3 Silver

Overall (Category)

MON
5 (1st)
SIL
44 (7th)
PRI
16 (3rd)
SPA
28 (4th)
CAT
4 (1st)
1st 103
2020 Akka ASP Team Mercedes-AMG GT3 Silver

Overall (Category)

IMO
38 (10th)
NÜR
38 (9th)
SPA
29 (6th)
PRI
21 (5th)
11th 32
2021 Emil Frey Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Silver

Overall (Category)

MON
3 (1st)
PRI
13 (2nd)
SPA NÜR CAT 1st 50

Complete Nurburgring 24 Hour resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2021   Konrad Motorsport   Axcil Jefferies
  Michele Di Martino
  Tim Zimmermann
Lamborghini Huracán GT3 SP9 56 18th 17th

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Marco Barba
European F3 Open Championship
Champion

2011
Succeeded by
Niccolò Schirò
Preceded by
Inaugural
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup
Silver Cup Champion

2018
With: Adrian Zaugg & Mikaël Grenier
Succeeded by
Nico Bastian
Timur Boguslavskiy
Felipe Fraga
Preceded by
Jack Mitchell
China GT Championship - GT4
Champion

2019
With: Chris Chia
Succeeded by
Incumbent