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Robert Doornbos

Full Name:
Robert Michael Doornbos
23rd September 1981 (Age 39)
Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland
Most recent race (in database):

Watching the crash-filled 1998 Belgian Grand Prix convinced Robert Doornbos to switch his aspirations from tennis to motor racing. Within a year, he was runner-up in the British Vauxhall-Lotus Winter Series. Benelux Formula Ford in 2000 was followed by three seasons in Formula 3.

He finished sixth at Macau in 2002 for Team Ghinzani although he never won a race in the category. Second at Lausitz that year in the German F3 Championship, he repeated the result for the team in European events at Hockenheim and Magny-Cours during 2003. Doornbos was something of a perennial runner-up and he was second again when guesting in Alain Menu’s Dallara F303-Opel at Brands Hatch that autumn.

Doornbos joined Arden International for the final season of Formula 3000 in 2004 and was on the podium for his Imola debut. He won the penultimate round at Spa-Francorchamps and finished third in the points. He also made the jump to Formula 1 as Jordan’s Friday test driver for the last three Grands Prix of the season.

Formula 1 with Minardi and Red Bull

Doornbos continued in that role at the start of 2005 and graduated to fulltime race driver with Minardi from the German GP. He began 2006 as Red Bull Racing’s reserve driver and replaced Christian Klien in the race team for the last three fly-away races of the year. He qualified 10th and finished 12th in the Chinese GP, both career bests, and matched the latter performance in his final F1 start in Brazil.

Champ Cars and subsequent career

Rather than make up the numbers in F1, Doornbos joined Minardi Team USA for the 2007 Champ Car World Series. The championship was in its last season but he won twice, finished third overall and was named Rookie of the Year.

The Dutchman tested for Red Bull at the end of 2007 although the next few seasons were spent in the less rarefied ranks of A1GP and Superleague Formula. He did race in the 2009 IndyCar Series with Newman-Haas-Lanigan and then HVM. He qualified second at Kansas during what was an otherwise disappointing campaign.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
2011 Superleague Formula
Team Japan
Team Netherlands
4 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
2010 Superleague Formula
23 (1) 1 2 0
0% win rate
2009 IRL IndyCar Series
HVM Racing
Newman-Haas-Lanigan Racing
17 0 0 0
0% win rate
16th 283
2008/2009 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport
Racing For Holland
6 1 3 1
17% win rate
2008 Superleague Formula
AC Milan
11 2 5 2
19% win rate
2007 Champ Car World Series
Minardi Team USA
14 0 6 2
15% win rate
3rd 268
2006 F1 World Championship
Red Bull Racing
3 (15) 0 0 0
0% win rate
24th 0
2005 F1 World Championship
Minardi F1 Team
Jordan Grand Prix
8 (9) 0 0 0
0% win rate
25th 0
2004 F1 World Championship
Jordan Ford
0 (3) 0 0 0 0
2004 FIA International F3000 Championship
Arden International
10 0 4 1
10% win rate
3rd 44
2003 F3 Euroseries
Team Ghinzani
20 0 3 0
0% win rate
9th 40
2003 British F3 Championship 17th 26
2003 Italian F3 Championship 16th 6
2002 European F3 Cup
Team Ghinzani
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
2002 Italian F3 Championship 11th 4
2002 German F3 Championship 11th 17