Hamad Al Fardan (Arabic: حامد الفردن‎; born June 29, 1987 in Manama), is a Bahraini racing driver and musician. He is the first Bahraini to drive at GP2 Series level.

Hamad Al Fardan (حمد الفردان)
NationalityBahrain Bahraini
Born (1987-06-29) June 29, 1987 (age 32)
Manama, Bahrain
Previous series
2008–09
2008
2007–08
2007
2006–07
2006, 2009
2004–06
GP2 Asia Series
ATS Formel 3 Cup
Asian Formula Three
British Formula 3
Toyota Racing Series
Formula V6 Asia
Formula BMW Asia
Championship titles
2009Formula V6 Asia

Racing careerEdit

Formula BMWEdit

Al Fardan is the son of rally driver Ahmed Al Fardan.[1] His first experience of formula racing came in 2004, when he drove in the Formula BMW Asia series. In 2005, he undertook a full season in the championship with the Malaysian team Meritus and finished third overall. He also raced in the Formula BMW World Final, finishing in eighteenth position. For 2006, he returned to the series for two races only due to commitments in other championships, winning both of them.

Formula RenaultEdit

Al Fardan competed in the Formula Asia V6 Renault championship in 2006, finishing the championship in sixth place with one win despite missing the last four races of the season. He again raced for the Meritus team. He returned to the series for 2009 and won the opening four races before the remainder of the season was cancelled, leaving him champion by default.

Toyota Racing SeriesEdit

Al Fardan also drove in the New Zealand-based Toyota Racing Series for 2006, again employed by Meritus. Scoring one race victory, the New Zealand Grand Prix, he finished thirteenth in the championship. He remained in the formula for 2007, although he switched teams to Mark Petch Motorsport. In this year he won two races and moved up to eleventh place in the championship. It was a hectic season for Al Fardan, as he also competed in British Formula 3 on the other side of the world.

Formula ThreeEdit

Al Fardan moved to the National Class of the British Formula 3 Championship for 2007 (in addition to his TRS commitments), where he established himself as a frontrunner in the series.[2] He finished third in the championship for the Performance Racing team, despite not winning a race.

Over the winter of 2007–08, he moved to the Asian Formula Three Championship, driving for a national team sponsored by the Arabian bank Gulf House Finance. He won both rounds of the season-opener at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia,[3][4] and two further races, but then accused the team of fastest man, Frédéric Vervisch, of cheating. He declined to make a protest preferring to walk away.[5] He finished fourth in the championship. Following his performance in 2007, Toyota F1 test driver Kamui Kobayashi tipped him to become the first Middle Eastern driver to make it to Formula One.[1]

Al Fardan moved to the German ATS Formel 3 Cup for 2008, where he was placed eleventh in the final standings, although his season was disrupted by injury.[6]

GP2 SeriesEdit

Al Fardan signed for the iSport International team to compete in the 2008–09 GP2 Asia Series season, becoming the first Bahraini and Arabian driver to race at this level. His backing from Gulf Finance House also meant that the team changed its name to GFH Team iSport for the duration of the championship.[7] He finished 20th in the championship standings, scoring two points. He has not raced since, despite being linked to a 2010 Auto GP drive with DAMS.

Racing recordEdit

Career summaryEdit

Season Series Team Name Races Poles Wins Points Final Placing
2004 Formula BMW Asia Belgravia Motorsport ? ? ? 80 8th
2005 Formula BMW Asia Team Meritus 14 2 4 148 3rd
Formula BMW World Final Team Meritus 1 0 0 N/A 18th
2006 Formula V6 Asia Team Meritus 8 1 1 66 6th
Toyota Racing Series Team Meritus 14 0 1 593 13th
Formula BMW Asia Team Meritus 2 2 0 40 10th
2007 British Formula 3 Championship Performance Racing Europe (N) 21 0 0 182 3rd
Toyota Racing Series Mark Petch Motorsport 12 0 2 530 11th
2007–08 Asian Formula Three Championship Team GFH Bahrain 8 3 4 126 4th
2008 ATS Formel 3 Cup Franz Wöss Racing 11 0 0 13 11th
2008–09 GP2 Asia Series iSport International 11 0 0 2 20th
2009 Formula V6 Asia Dyna Ten Motorsport 4 1 4 61 1st

Complete GP2 Asia 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 DC Points
2008–09 GFH Team iSport CHN
FEA

15
CHN
SPR

Ret
UAE
FEA

Ret
UAE
SPR

C
BHR
FEA

12
BHR
SPR

Ret
QAT
FEA

Ret
QAT
SPR

Ret
MAL
FEA

9
MAL
SPR

5
BHR
FEA

Ret
BHR
SPR

17
20th 2

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Arabian ace tipped for F1 future". crash.net. 2008-02-07. Retrieved 2008-09-26.
  2. ^ "Al Fardan out to end on a high". crash.net. 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2008-09-26.
  3. ^ "Al Fardan takes Asian F3 opener". crash.net. 2007-11-24. Retrieved 2008-09-26.
  4. ^ "Al Fardan doubles up in Asia". crash.net. 2007-11-26. Retrieved 2008-09-26.
  5. ^ http://www.asianf3.net/article/articleview/959/1/8/ Archived 2008-10-12 at the Wayback Machine Al Fardan withdraws from Asian F3
  6. ^ "Kart Zone now open following gripping exhibition race". bahraingp.com.bh. 2008-09-08. Archived from the original on 2008-09-16. Retrieved 2008-09-26.
  7. ^ "iSport announces Asia Series sponsor, driver". crash.net. 2008-08-11. Retrieved 2008-09-26.

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Simon Gamble
Winner of the New Zealand Grand Prix
2006
Succeeded by
Daniel Gaunt
Preceded by
James Grunwell
Formula V6 Asia champion
2009
Succeeded by
Incumbent