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Christian Vietoris

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Christian Vietoris (born April 1, 1989 in Gerolstein, Rhineland-Palatinate) is a German racing driver.

Career

Karting

Vietoris started his career through karting, the most common entry point and all racing drivers, in 1994. Nine years after starting his karting career, the young German was the national Junior Kart champion and a year later came second Western German Karting Championship.

Formula BMW

In 2005, Vietoris moved up to Formula BMW ADAC with Eifelland Racing. Vietoris finished his first FBMW campaign sixteenth in the Drivers' Championship with fifteen points, sharing his position with fellow German Dominik Wasem.

In 2006, Vietoris moved to Josef Kaufmann Racing, where he won the Drivers' Championship with 277 points and taking nine race wins, his nearest rival being Finland's Mika Mäki. As well as his German FBMW title, Vietoris won the Formula BMW World Final, ahead of other FBMW champions such as Robert Wickens, the 2006 US FBMW champion, and the British Formula BMW champion, Niall Breen, winning himself a test for the BMW Sauber F1 team.

Following his impressive performances in Formula BMW, Vietoris was picked by A1 Team Germany to replace Nico Hülkenberg for the Mexican round of the 2006–07 season.

Formula Three

In 2007, Vietoris competed in the ATS Formel 3 Cup for Josef Kaufmann Racing, finishing in fifth.

Vietoris moved on to the Formula Three Euroseries in 2008 for Mücke Motorsport. He had a solid season, ending up eighth in the championship with one win coming at the Norisring. He also set a pair of fastest laps – at Mugello and Brands Hatch – and was on pole at the Nürburgring.

He continued in the F3 Euroseries in 2009 with Mücke Motorsport, finishing as runner-up to the dominant Jules Bianchi. Vietoris won four races over the course of the season, adding a further four podiums and a fastest lap at Brands once again, as he helped keep Mücke in contention for the teams title until he left for GP2 Asia.

GP2 Series

Vietoris missed the final round of the F3 Euroseries season to join up with the DAMS team for a GP2 Asia Series test at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. He will race in the 2009–10 season for the team.

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Name Races Poles Wins Points Final Placing
2005 Formula BMW ADAC Eifelland Racing 19 0 0 17 16th
2006 Formula BMW ADAC Josef Kaufmann Racing 18 9 9 277 1st
2007 German Formula Three Josef Kaufmann Racing 12 2 1 62 6th
2008 Formula Three Euroseries Mücke Motorsport 20 1 1 36 6th
2009 Formula Three Euroseries Mücke Motorsport 18 0 4 75 2nd
2009–10 GP2 Asia Series DAMS 2 0 1 9* 2nd*
  • * Season in progress.

Complete GP2 Series results

Complete GP2 Asia 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 DC Points
2009–10 DAMS ABU1
FEA

6
ABU1
SPR

1
ABU2
FEA

ABU2
SPR

BHR1
FEA

BHR1
SPR

BHR2
FEA

BHR2
SPR

2nd* 9*
  • * Season in progress.

Records

Christian is the youngest driver ever to win an A1 Grand Prix. He took the chequered flag during the 2007–08 A1 Grand Prix of Nations, New Zealand at Taupo Motorsport Park at just 18 years, nine months and 19 days old, beating the previous record for youngest A1GP winner by exactly five months. That record was held by the team's former driver, Nico Hülkenberg, who won on his debut at Zandvoort in 2006.

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