Vitantonio “Tonio” Liuzzi was born in Locorotondo, Italy, on 6 August 1981. He began kart racing at the age of 9. During his time as a kart racing driver he won the Italian Karting Championship (1993) and the Karting World Championship (2001), amongst other successes.
In 2001 Liuzzi debuted in single-seater racing, taking second place in the German Formula Renault championship. The following year he competed in the German Formula Three championship, where he came in ninth overall. During the year he also test drove for F1 team Williams. In 2003 he was signed by Red Bull’s F3000 team. He ended the season in fourth position. Continuing on in F3000, he joined the Arden team for 2004 and took the title that season.
Vitantonio Liuzzi made his Formula One debut in 2005, racing for Red Bull, sharing his position on the team with Christian Klien. He scored his first point during his first race at San Marino that year. In 2006 Liuzzi enjoyed his first full F1 season racing for Toro Rosso. He earned the team’s only point at the United States Grand Prix, though his consistency was praised. The 2007 season with Toro Rosso was challenging and Liuzzi scored once at the Grand Prix in China. He joined Force India as the third driver for the 2008 season. In 2009 he raced the last five rounds for Force India. He became a full-time driver for Force India in 2010.
Sebastian Vettel was born in the city of Heppenheim, Germany, on 3 July 1987. The racing-bug bit Vettel at a young age and he began racing karts when he was five. At the age of seven he began taking part in the mini klasse kart league. In 2001 he won the German and European Junior Karting titles.
Then, in August of 2002, Vettel began taking part in the selection process at Valencia’s Formula BMW ADAC Racing School, where he met with much success. 2003 saw Sebastian Vettel taking second place in the Formula BMW ADAC championship and winning the rookie trophy. He followed this up in 2004 by winning the Formula BMW ADAC championship with 18 victories and podium finishes in all of the 20 races.
Sebastian Vettel advanced onto the Formula Three Euroseries in 2005, driving for ASL Mucke Motorsport. By the end of the season he came in fifth with 64 points and was named the best rookie driver. He was rewarded for his success by being permitted to test drive the Williams FW27 F1 car. 2006 was a busy year for Vettel. He finished the F3 Euroseries as runner-up, debuted in the World Series by Renault, and was BMW Sauber’s reserve and Friday test driver. A test driver for BMW Sauber in 2007, he substituted for Robert Kubica at the US Grand Prix, ending the race in eighth position. He gained his first ever F1 World Championship point and was named the F1’s youngest point scorer. At the end of July 2007, Vettel joined Scuderia Toro Rosso, and began racing for them in the Hungarian Grand Prix, with exceptional results for the team.
2008 was Sebastian Vettel‘s first full F1 season. During the season he became the youngest winner in F1 with a triumph at Monza. By the end of the season he had finished in eighth overall, with a total of 35 points. For the 2009 season, Sebastian Vettel was moved to the Red Bull Racing team. A thrilling season, Vettel scored the team’s maiden pole and win in China, as well as taking first place at Silverstone and Suzuka. After gaining victory at Abu Dhabi, he came in second in the drivers’ championship. It was announced that Vettel’s contract with Red Bull would extend to 2011.
Born in Aigle, Switzerland on 31 October 1988, Sébastien Olivier Buemi started his racing career in 2004 competing in the ADAC BMW series, finishing third in the standings in his inaugural season. In 2005, Buemi once again competed in the ADAC BMW series, this time winning seven races and ending the season in second place. In 2006 he competed in the F3 Euroseries finishing 12th in the championship for that season. In 2007 he remained in the F3 Euroseries, finishing the season in second place. During this year Buemi also competed in five GP2 events as a stand-in for an injured team-mate.
Buemi tested for Red Bull Racing F1 in September 2007 in Jerez and clocked in as third quickest on the day, resulting in him being signed as reserve driver for the team for 2008. His performance alongside other world-class drivers put him behind Timo Glock and Vitantonio Liuzzi, and ahead of more experienced drivers such as Rubens Barrichello and Nelson Piquet Jr. On 9 January 2009, Red Bull Racing’s sister-team Scuderia Toro Rosso confirmed that Buema had been signed by the team as one of its drivers for the 2009 season.
Buemi’s first race for Toro Rosso was the 2009 Australian Grand Prix, where he proceeded to pass his team-mate Sebastien Bourdais and finish eighth, thereby scoring a point. With Lewis Hamilton being disqualified from the race, Sébastien Buemi was later moved up to seventh place. Additional points were earned by Buemi at the Chinese Grand Prix, the Brazilian Grand Prix, and the end of season event in Abu Dhabi. It was confirmed in November 2009 that Buemi would compete as part of Toro Rosso for 2010 as his second season with the team.
Born in Barcelona, Spain, on 23 March 1990, Jaime Victor Alguersuari Escudero, etched his name in F1 history by becoming the youngest F1 driver ever to compete in the annual F1 Championships. When he made his debut in the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix he was 19 years and 125 days old at the time. Jaime Alguersuari also remains the only F1 driver to have been born in the 1990s.
This promising young driver’s career started in 2005, and he took first place at the Italian Formula Renault Winter Series of 2006. The following year he completed the main championship as runner-up to Finnish racing driver Mika Mäki. Alguersuari continued to strengthen his position as a talented driver when, in 2008, he moved up to the British Formula Three Championship. Throughout the season it was a close battle for the championship title between Alguersuari and team-mates Brendon Hartley and Oliver Turvey, as well as T-Sport’s Sergio Pérez. However, by winning the final three races of the season, Alguersuari took first place and became the youngest title winner (18 years, 203 days) in the championship’s history.
In 2009, Alguersuari was at eighth position in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series by mid-season when he was called to the position of reserve driver for the Red Bull Racing F1 Team, as well as its sister-team Scuderia Toro Rosso. Following the departure of Sebastien Bourdais from Toro Rosso, Alguersuari took the wheel for the team at the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix – a history making event. Alguersuari completed the Formula Renault 3.5 Series that year, ending up at sixth by the end of the season.
While Alguersuari’s F1 debut may have been quite low-key, recognizing the potential of this youngdriver, Toro Rosso has retained him for the 2010 F1 Championship season. Jaime Alguersuari claimed thirteenth place in the first race of the season, the 2010 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix. No doubt F1 fans will be keeping a keen eye on the youngest ever competitor in F1 racing.
The world of Formula One racing consists of a number of F1 teams. These teams are responsible for their own promotion, developing their vehicles, organizing drivers and obtaining sponsorships. Formula One racing fans, if they do not support an individual driver, will root for a particular F1 team. Many of the Formula One teams make a great name for themselves by consistently producing excellent cars and top-standard drivers. This section of Autoracing.com takes a closer look at a number of Formula One’s leading racing teams.
Formula One racing teams typically develop a close working partnership with car manufacturers. Together they work on designing effective, fast and reliable vehicles, set to take drivers to the max. Team managers ensure that everything runs smoothly, from advertising to racing events. F1 racing teams hire several mechanics to keep the Formula One car in top condition. They also work in the pits on racing day, making repairs, changing wheels and adding fuel. F1 drivers may change between teams due to better offers or to pursue greater ambitions. Exceptional Formula 1 drivers have been known to pull flailing teams from the bottom right to victory positions. It is vital however that the entire F1 team work together if they are to do well. From developing strategy right to the finish line on race day, the F1 team makes every effort to boost both car and driver to their highest potential.
Amongst the world’s top-rated F1 teams are Ferrari, Williams, McLaren, Renault and Red Bull. Many drivers dream of attaining a position on these excellent teams. Formula One teams are easily identifiable by their distinctive colors and helmet designs. Who can ignore Ferrari’s bright red outfits and car. Cars, clothing and helmets are emblazoned with the logos of the team’s sponsors. Sponsors are vital to the continuation of a team, as Formula One is an extremely expensive sport. Sponsorship is not difficult for top-ranking teams. Formula One Teams also sell a variety of merchandise from clothing to key-rings and posters. Keep your eyes on the Formula One Grand Prix World Championships to see which F1 team takes the lead this year.
- Ferrari F1 Team
- Force India
- Hispania Racing
- Honda F1 Team
- Lotus Racing
- McLaren F1 Team
- Mercedes GP
- Red Bull Racing F1 Team
- Renault F1 Team
- Super Aguri F1 Team
- Toro Rosso F1 Team
- Toyota F1 Team
- Virgin Racing
- Williams F1 Team