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Zsolt Baumgartner

1st January 1981 (Age 39)
Debrecen, Hajdu-Bihar
Most recent race (in database):

Zsolt Baumgartner’s racing career began in Formula Renault in 1997 and he was third in the European Championship two years later. Another two seasons in German Formula 3 did little to signal a Grand Prix star of the future.

Formula 3000 career

He dovetailed his 2001 F3 programme with seven Formula 3000 races for the Apomatox-run Prost Junior Team but he finished no higher than 13th. The Hungarian persevered in F3000 by joining reigning champions Nordic Racing for the following season and finished sixth at Monza’s final round to score his only point of 2002. Baumgartner started the 2003 F3000 season with Coloni and he finished an encouraging fifth in Monaco.

Formula 1 with Jordan and Minardi

Also Jordan Grand Prix’s test driver that year, he replaced the injured Ralph Firman to make his Formula 1 debut at the 2003 Hungarian GP. Eleventh next time out in Italy before Firman returned, Baumgartner raised enough sponsorship to join Minardi for a full F1 season in 2004. Always courteous and correct when the leaders inevitably came to lap his car, Baumgartner lacked the outright pace to succeed at this level although he generally compared well with team-mate Gianmaria Bruni.

He did have his day however for Baumgartner was eighth in the United States GP. That earned Minardi its first championship point for over two years and it was the best result for a Hungarian driver for 67 years.

Baumgartner was Minardi Team USA’s reserve driver for the 2007 Champ Car season but has not raced since his F1 career.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
2004 F1 World Championship
Wilux Minardi Cosworth
Minardi Cosworth
18 0 0 0
0% win rate
20th 1
2003 F1 World Championship
Jordan Ford
2 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
24th 0
2003 FIA International F3000 Championship
Coloni Motorsport
8 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
14th 6
2002 FIA International F3000 Championship
Coca-Cola Nordic Racing
12 0 0 0
0% win rate
15th 1
2001 FIA International F3000 Championship
Prost Junior Team
7 0 0 0
0% win rate
2001 German F3 Championship 16th 25
2000 German F3 Championship 13th 41