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Luiz Felipe de Oliveira Nasr (born 21 August 1992) is a Brazilian racing driver. He is the current IMSA Sportscar Champion and won the 2019 12 Hours of Sebring.

Felipe Nasr
Piloto Felipe Nasr fala à imprensa após encontro com Temer (28412246304).jpg
Felipe Nasr in August 2016
BornLuiz Felipe de Oliveira Nasr
(1992-08-21) 21 August 1992 (age 27)
Brasília, DF, Brazil
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityBrazilian
Active years20152016
TeamsSauber
Car number12
Entries40 (39 starts)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points29
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry2015 Australian Grand Prix
Last entry2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
2016 position17th (2 pts)
Previous series
201214
201011
2009
2009
2008
GP2 Series
British Formula 3
Formula BMW Europe
Formula BMW Pacific
Formula BMW Americas
Championship titles
2018
2018
2011
2009
WeatherTech SportsCar
North American Endurance Cup
British Formula 3
Formula BMW Europe

After a year as the official test driver for Williams in 2014, he joined Sauber as a full-time Formula One driver in 2015.[1][2] However, from the 2017 season he was replaced by Pascal Wehrlein.[3]

From 2018, Nasr has been competing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for Whelen Engineering Racing,[4] winning the championship with co-driver Eric Curran in his first year in the series.

Contents

CareerEdit

KartingEdit

Born in Brasília, Distrito Federal, Nasr began karting in Brazil when he was seven years old. Between 2000 and 2007 he won several championship titles in Brazil.[5]

Formula BMWEdit

2008

Nasr made his open-wheel racing debut in the final round of the 2008 Formula BMW Americas season at Interlagos, which supported the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix, claiming a podium finish in the second race in a championship that was dominated by Alexander Rossi.[5]

2009

Nasr moved to the European championship of Formula BMW in 2009 for EuroInternational. He finished 14 of the 16 races in the top two, won 6 races, 5 pole-positions and claimed the title by 104 points from teammate Daniel Juncadella. As the championship was held by BMW, linked to Sauber in that season, Nasr was called to test a Sauber F1 car, but with BMW leaving F1, the test did not happen.

 
Felipe Nasr driving at Spa-Francorchamps for EuroInternational.

Formula ThreeEdit

2010

For the 2010, Nasr moved into the British Formula 3 Championship with Räikkönen Robertson Racing, joining a three-car team alongside the team's 2009 drivers Carlos Huertas and Daisuke Nakajima.[6] In addition to signing for the team, Nasr signed to Robertson Management, the organisation that manages the career of former Formula One world champion Kimi Räikkönen. Nasr finished the 2010 British Formula 3 season in 5th position.[7]

2011

Nasr signed with Carlin Motorsport for the 2011 Championship and won the Sunoco Rolex 24 at Daytona Challenge, a special joint racing programme among series in the United Kingdom that use Sunoco Racing Fuel. The winner of that challenge won a drive in the 2012 Rolex 24 at Daytona. He was third in the Daytona 24 Hour.[8] Nasr claimed the title of the 2011 British Formula 3 season, 123 points ahead of his teammate, Kevin Magnussen.

In the 2012 Rolex 24 at Daytona, Nasr finished third overall and in class, driving a second generation Riley prototype for Michael Shank Racing.

GP2 SeriesEdit

 
Nasr competing for Carlin, during the 2014 GP2 Series season, at Silverstone. Nasr won the sprint race at Silverstone – his third of four victories in 2014 – en route to third in the championship.
2012

Nasr signed with DAMS to race in the 2012 GP2 Series season with the support of Brazilian sponsors Banco do Brasil and Eike Batista's OGX.[9] Nasr's best results were a 2nd place in Race 2 of the Belgian round and a 4th place in Race 1 of the German round. He was teamed with the experienced Davide Valsecchi, who won the drivers' championship; Nasr's tenth place in the standings meant DAMS won the teams' championship as well. He took four podium finishes, with a best finish of second at Spa, and was the second highest-placed rookie overall, behind James Calado.

2013

For the 2013 GP2 Series season Nasr moved to Carlin, partnering British Jolyon Palmer. Nasr believed that he would be a title contender, alongside James Calado and Marcus Ericsson, and hoped to be driving an F1 car at the end of the year. Nasr finished the 2013 campaign 4th overall in the standings.

2014

Nasr remained with Carlin for the 2014 season, partnering Colombian Julián Leal. He took his first GP2 win in the sprint race in Barcelona.[10] He achieved wins at the Red Bull Ring,[11] Silverstone,[12] and Spa-Francorchamps.[13] Throughout the season, he was involved in a fight for the championship with former teammate Jolyon Palmer, losing out in Russia.[14] Nasr finished third overall, after losing second place by five points, to rookie Stoffel Vandoorne at Yas Marina.[15]

Formula OneEdit

 
Nasr driving for Sauber at the 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix.
2014

It was confirmed on 22 February 2014 that Nasr would be joining Williams as the team's reserve driver, participating in three tests and five free practice sessions across the course of the season.[16] He made his first appearance in first practice in the Bahrain Grand Prix replacing Valtteri Bottas.[17]

Sauber (2015–2016)Edit

On 5 November 2014, it was announced that Nasr would drive for Sauber in 2015.[2] In his first race with the team in Australia, Nasr finished in fifth position, the highest placing for a Brazilian driver making a Grand Prix début.[18][19] His finishing streak ended at the British Grand Prix when his gearbox failed on the way to the grid. In Japan, for the first time, he failed to finish, as he had a mechanical failure on lap 51; he was classified in 20th place. Nasr finished his début season with 27 points, finishing 13th in the drivers' championship.[20]

For the 2017 season, he was replaced with Pascal Wehrlein[21] from Manor Racing, which went into administration on 6 January.[22]

Formula EEdit

In January 2019, Nasr joined GEOX Dragon for the rookie test in Marrakesh, but was unable to participate due to contractual issues.[23][24] The following month, it was announced Nasr would replace Maximilian Günther from the Mexico City ePrix onwards.[25] Because of Nasr's IMSA commitments, Günther had temporarily returned to his seat at the 2019 Rome ePrix.[26] Nasr has, however, not returned to Formula E since, ending his run at three consecutive races with one non-points finish and two DNFs, as the team opted to continue using Günther moving forward.

Personal lifeEdit

Nasr is of Lebanese ancestry, his grandfather having emigrated to Brazil in the 1960s. Nasr lists his favourite hobbies as sports, fishing and mechanics,[27] he cites the Star Wars and James Bond film series as his favourite films,[28] his favourite driver as Ayrton Senna,[27] and his favourite circuit as Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.[27] Felipe is the nephew of Amir Nasr, who owns one of the most successful South American Formula Three racing teams that helped with the progression of many Brazilian drivers in junior formulas, such as Hélio Castroneves, Vítor Meira, Antônio Pizzonia, Luciano Burti, Bruno Junqueira, Cristiano da Matta, Mário Haberfeld, Max Wilson, Átila Abreu and Sérgio Jimenez. Nasr's favourite musical artists include Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and Dire Straits.[29] Nasr is multilingual with the ability to speak Portuguese, English and Italian.[29]

Racing recordEdit

Career summaryEdit

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2008 Formula BMW Americas Amir Nasr Racing 2 0 0 0 1 25 10th
2009 Formula BMW Europe EuroInternational 16 5 6 6 14 392 1st
Formula BMW Pacific 3 2 2 2 2 0† NC†
2010 British Formula 3 Championship Räikkönen Robertson Racing 30 1 1 3 4 136 5th
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 11th
2011 British Formula 3 Championship Carlin 30 7 4 8 15 318 1st
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 1 N/A 2nd
2012 GP2 Series DAMS 24 0 0 0 4 95 10th
Formula 3 Euro Series Carlin 2 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 5th
Rolex Sports Car Series Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian 1 0 0 0 1 30 28th
2013 GP2 Series Carlin 22 0 0 0 6 154 4th
2014 GP2 Series Carlin 22 4 1 2 10 224 3rd
Formula One Williams Martini Racing Test driver
2015 Formula One Sauber F1 Team 19 0 0 0 0 27 13th
2016 Formula One Sauber F1 Team 21 0 0 0 0 2 17th
2018 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Whelen Engineering Racing 10 1 0 3 5 277 1st
European Le Mans Series Cetilar Villorba Corse 5 0 0 0 0 4 26th
24 Hours of Le Mans – LMP2 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 11th
Stock Car Brasil Full Time Sports 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC†
2018–19 Formula E GEOX Dragon 3 0 0 0 0 0 24th
2019 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Whelen Engineering Racing 8 1 0 3 3 232 2nd*

† – As Nasr was a guest driver, he was ineligible for points.
* Season still in progress.

Complete GP2 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 19 20 21 22 23 24 DC Points
2012 DAMS SEP
FEA

6
SEP
SPR

3
BHR1
FEA

Ret
BHR1
SPR

6
BHR2
FEA

11
BHR2
SPR

5
CAT
FEA

11
CAT
SPR

9
MON
FEA

17
MON
SPR

Ret
VAL
FEA

Ret
VAL
SPR

14
SIL
FEA

6
SIL
SPR

3
HOC
FEA

4
HOC
SPR

3
HUN
FEA

25
HUN
SPR

8
SPA
FEA

8
SPA
SPR

2
MNZ
FEA

Ret
MNZ
SPR

21
MRN
FEA

6
MRN
SPR

7
10th 95
2013 Carlin SEP
FEA

4
SEP
SPR

2
BHR
FEA

4
BHR
SPR

2
CAT
FEA

2
CAT
SPR

3
MON
FEA

4
MON
SPR

4
SIL
FEA

Ret
SIL
SPR

7
NÜR
FEA

9
NÜR
SPR

4
HUN
FEA

3
HUN
SPR

5
SPA
FEA

Ret
SPA
SPR

8
MNZ
FEA

Ret
MNZ
SPR

12
MRN
FEA

2
MRN
SPR

16
YMC
FEA

7
YMC
SPR

18
4th 154
2014 Carlin BHR
FEA

8
BHR
SPR

4
CAT
FEA

3
CAT
SPR

1
MON
FEA

3
MON
SPR

Ret
RBR
FEA

1
RBR
SPR

Ret
SIL
FEA

7
SIL
SPR

1
HOC
FEA

5
HOC
SPR

2
HUN
FEA

6
HUN
SPR

3
SPA
FEA

4
SPA
SPR

1
MNZ
FEA

6
MNZ
SPR

6
SOC
FEA

17
SOC
SPR

3
YMC
FEA

4
YMC
SPR

2
3rd 224

Complete Formula One resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicates 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 21 WDC Points
2014 Williams Martini Racing Williams FW36 Mercedes PU106A Hybrid 1.6 V6 t AUS MAL BHR
TD
CHN
TD
ESP
TD
MON CAN AUT GBR GER HUN BEL ITA SIN JPN RUS USA
TD
BRA
TD
ABU  –  –
2015 Sauber F1 Team Sauber C34 Ferrari 060 1.6 V6 t AUS
5
MAL
12
CHN
8
BHR
12
ESP
12
MON
9
CAN
16
AUT
11
GBR
DNS
HUN
11
BEL
11
ITA
13
SIN
10
JPN
20
RUS
6
USA
9
MEX
Ret
BRA
13
ABU
15
13th 27
2016 Sauber F1 Team Sauber C35 Ferrari 061 1.6 V6 t AUS
15
BHR
14
CHN
20
RUS
16
ESP
14
MON
Ret
CAN
18
EUR
12
AUT
13
GBR
15
HUN
17
GER
Ret
BEL
17
ITA
Ret
SIN
13
MAL
Ret
JPN
19
USA
15
MEX
15
BRA
9
ABU
16
17th 2

† Did not finish, but was classified as he had completed more than 90% of the race distance.

24 Hours of Daytona resultsEdit

Year Team Co-drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2012   Michael Shank Racing
with Curb-Agajanian
  Jorge Goncalvez
  Michael McDowell
  Gustavo Yacamán
Riley Mk. XX DP 761 3rd 3rd
2018   Whelen Engineering Racing   Mike Conway
  Eric Curran
  Stuart Middleton
Cadillac DPi-V.R P 808 2nd 2nd
2019   Whelen Engineering Racing   Pipo Derani
  Eric Curran
Cadillac DPi-V.R P 593 2nd 2nd

Complete WeatherTech SportsCar Championship resultsEdit

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Rank Points
2018 Whelen Engineering Racing P Cadillac DPi-V.R Cadillac 5.5 L V8 DAY
2
SEB
3
LBH
7
MDO
8
DET
1
WGL
7
MOS
3
ELK
3
LGA
5
PET
8
1st 277
2019 Whelen Engineering Racing DPi Cadillac DPi-V.R Cadillac 5.5 L V8 DAY
2
SEB
1
LBH
6
MDO
4
DET
2
WGL
7
MOS
4
ELK
4
LGA
PET
2nd* 232*

* Season still in progress.

Complete European Le Mans Series resultsEdit

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 Rank Points
2018 Cetilar Villorba Corse LMP2 Dallara P217 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 LEC MNZ
9
RBR
11
SIL
13
SPA
10‡
ALG
11
26th 4

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

24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2018   Cetilar Villorba Corse   Roberto Lacorte
  Giorgio Sernagiotto
Dallara P217-Gibson LMP2 342 19th 11th

Complete Formula E resultsEdit

(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 12 13 Pos Points
2018–19 GEOX Dragon Spark-Penske EV-3 ADR MRK SCL MEX
19
HKG
Ret
SYX
Ret
RME PAR MCO BER BRN NYC NYC 24th 0

ReferencesEdit

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Esteban Gutiérrez
Formula BMW Europe
Champion

2009
Succeeded by
Robin Frijns
Preceded by
Jean-Éric Vergne
British Formula Three Champion
2011
Succeeded by
Jack Harvey
Preceded by
Jordan Taylor
Ricky Taylor
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Champion

2018
With: Eric Curran
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Filipe Albuquerque
João Barbosa
Christian Fittipaldi
North American Endurance Cup
Champion

2018
With: Eric Curran
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Incumbent