Hamad Al Fardan
|Hamad Al Fardan (حمد الفردان)|
|Born||June 29, 1987|
|GP2 Asia Series|
ATS Formel 3 Cup
Asian Formula Three
British Formula 3
Toyota Racing Series
Formula V6 Asia
Formula BMW Asia
|2009||Formula V6 Asia|
Al Fardan is the son of rally driver Ahmed Al Fardan. 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.
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.
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. 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, 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. 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.
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. 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.
|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)
|2008–09||GFH Team iSport||CHN
- Career statistics from driverdb.com. Retrieved on September 26, 2008.
- "Arabian ace tipped for F1 future". crash.net. 2008-02-07. Retrieved 2008-09-26.
- "Al Fardan out to end on a high". crash.net. 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2008-09-26.
- "Al Fardan takes Asian F3 opener". crash.net. 2007-11-24. Retrieved 2008-09-26.
- "Al Fardan doubles up in Asia". crash.net. 2007-11-26. Retrieved 2008-09-26.
- http://www.asianf3.net/article/articleview/959/1/8/ Archived 2008-10-12 at the Wayback Machine Al Fardan withdraws from Asian F3
- "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.
- "iSport announces Asia Series sponsor, driver". crash.net. 2008-08-11. Retrieved 2008-09-26.
| Winner of the New Zealand Grand Prix
| Formula V6 Asia champion