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Marc Gené

 

Marc Gené

Marc Gené
Born Marc Gené i Guerrero
(1974-03-29) 29 March 1974
Sabadell, Catalonia, Spain
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Spanish
Active years 19992000, 20032004
Teams Minardi, Williams
Entries 36
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 5
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 1999 Australian Grand Prix
Last entry 2004 British Grand Prix
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 2007
Teams Team Peugeot Total, Audi Sport Team Joest
Best finish 1st (2009)
Class wins 1 (2009)

Marc Gené i Guerrero (born 29 March 1974) is a Spanish professional racing driver. He is best known as a tester for Williams and Ferrari in Formula One, Minardi Formula One driver and factory driver for Peugeot's Le Mans team, with which he won the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans. His brother Jordi is also a racing driver, competing in the WTCC for SEAT.

He had 36 starts in Formula One, mostly through two seasons with the Minardi team, with which he scored a sixth place finish at the attrition-filled 1999 European Grand Prix.

Starting from the 2010 season, Marc Gené commented on Formula One races for Spanish television on Antena 3. In 2013 he became an expert analyst for Sky Sport F1 HD in Italy.

Contents

  • Early years 1
  • Formula One 2
    • Testing 2.1
  • Sportscar racing 3
  • Racing record 4
    • Complete International Formula 3000 results 4.1
    • Complete Formula One results 4.2
    • 24 Hours of Le Mans results 4.3
    • Complete Le Mans Series results 4.4
    • Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results 4.5
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early years

Born in Sabadell, Gené finished runner-up in the 1987 Catalan Kart Championship (National Class) at the age of 13;[1] he would win both this and the National Class Spanish Kart Championship in 1988. In 1989 he competed in both the European and World championships. Gene won the Senior Class of the 1990 Spanish Kart Championship, making him the youngest driver to do so. He competed again in the World Championship in 1991, placing 13th.

For 1992 Gené moved into Formula Ford, placing fifth in the Spanish championship with a win and two pole positions. He was runner-up in the 1993 European Championship, with one win and three podiums; also, Gené took second place at the Formula Ford World Cup and Festival.[2] In 1994, Gené was named Rookie of the Year in the British Formula 3 Championship;[1] he placed 10th in 1995. In 1996 Gené won the FISA Superformula championship, and in 1997 he competed in six rounds of the FIA Formula 3000 series, though he failed to score a point. In 1998 he won the Open Fortuna by Nissan Championship with six wins and three poles.[1]

Gené testing for Ferrari in 2007.

Formula One

Gené got his big break in 1999, occupying a race seat with the Minardi team. It was a difficult year; however, after several ninth places and an eighth, he managed to score his first point, and Minardi's first since 1995, with a sixth place at the European Grand Prix, while his team-mate Luca Badoer broke down in tears after his car's gearbox failed and denied the Italian his first points finish in Formula One, as he was running in fourth place with 13 laps to go. Gené continued with Minardi in 2000, but failed to score a single point, with his best finish being eighth at the Australian and Austrian Grands Prix. His team-mate in 2000 was Argentina's Gastón Mazzacane, who also achieved a best finish of eighth, at the European Grand Prix.

Testing

Unable to obtain a quality drive for 2001, Gené opted to sign with Williams as test driver. He has, however, driven some Grands Prix for Williams. The first of these was the 2003 Italian Grand Prix, where Ralf Schumacher was unable to race because of a concussion. Gené replaced his teammate well, collecting four points for a fifth place finish, but Schumacher was back in the car for the next race in the USA. Following a back injury to Schumacher at the 2004 USGP, Gené drove in the 2004 French and British Grands Prix, but subsequently lost the race seat to Antônio Pizzonia and has not raced since.

In November 2004, Gené signed a deal to become a test driver for Scuderia Ferrari alongside former teammate Luca Badoer. His contract was renewed for 2007.[3] A limit on testing in Formula One in 2007 and 2008 has restricted his involvement.

At the end of 2010, Gené along with Luca Badoer and Giancarlo Fisichella was replaced by Jules Bianchi as Ferrari test driver ahead of the 2011 season.[4]

Sportscar racing

Gené won the 2010 12 Hours of Sebring with team-mates Alexander Wurz and Anthony Davidson.

Gené has also been hired by Peugeot as a factory driver for their 908 HDi FAP Le Mans Series effort, as well as the 24 Hours of Le Mans since 2007. In 2008, Gené crashed his 908 heavily in practice for the 2008 24 Hours of Le Mans, but escaped with a broken toe.[5] A year later, however, there were no such problems, and the Peugeot he shared with David Brabham and Alex Wurz completed 382 laps on its way to victory in the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans. He completed the last stint for the team and brought the 908 home to a standing ovation from the avid French crowd, who saw one of their cars stop the recent domination of Audi in the prestigious event. In both 2008 and 2009 he also took part in the 1000 km Spa endurance race, winning in 2008 and finishing 12th in 2009.

Career Statistics (as of 2004 British Grand Prix)

Racing record

Complete International Formula 3000 results

() (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 DC Points
1997 Pacific Racing SIL
13
PAU
DNQ
HEL 25th 0
Nordic Racing NÜR
DNQ
PER
Ret
HOC
8
A1R SPA MUG JER
Ret

Complete Formula One results

()

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 WDC Points
1999 Fondmetal Minardi Ford Minardi M01 Ford V10 AUS
Ret
BRA
9
SMR
9
MON
Ret
ESP
Ret
CAN
8
FRA
Ret
GBR
15
AUT
11
GER
9
HUN
17
BEL
16
ITA
Ret
EUR
6
MAL
9
JPN
Ret
18th 1
2000 Telefónica Minardi Fondmetal Minardi M02 Fondmetal V10 AUS
8
BRA
Ret
SMR
Ret
GBR
14
ESP
14
EUR
Ret
MON
Ret
CAN
16
FRA
15
AUT
8
GER
Ret
HUN
15
BEL
14
ITA
9
USA
12
JPN
Ret
MAL
Ret
19th 0
2003 BMW WilliamsF1 Team Williams FW25 BMW V10 AUS MAL BRA SMR ESP AUT MON CAN EUR FRA GBR GER HUN ITA
5
USA JPN 17th 4
2004 BMW WilliamsF1 Team Williams FW26 BMW V10 AUS MAL BHR SMR ESP MON EUR CAN USA FRA
10
GBR
12
GER HUN BEL ITA CHN JPN BRA 23rd 0

24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2007 Team Peugeot Total Nicolas Minassian
Jacques Villeneuve
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP LMP1 338 DNF DNF
2008 Team Peugeot Total Nicolas Minassian
Jacques Villeneuve
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP LMP1 381 2nd 2nd
2009 Team Peugeot Total David Brabham
Alexander Wurz
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP LMP1 382 1st 1st
2010 Team Peugeot Total Anthony Davidson
Alexander Wurz
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP LMP1 360 DNF DNF
2011 Peugeot Sport Total Anthony Davidson
Alexander Wurz
Peugeot 908 LMP1 351 4th 4th
2012 Audi Sport Team Joest Romain Dumas
Loïc Duval
Audi R18 ultra LMP1 366 5th 5th
2013 Audi Sport Team Joest Oliver Jarvis
Lucas di Grassi
Audi R18 e-tron quattro LMP1 347 3rd 3rd
2014 Audi Sport Team Joest Tom Kristensen
Lucas di Grassi
Audi R18 e-tron quattro LMP1-H 376 2nd 2nd

Complete Le Mans Series results

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine Tyres 1 2 3 4 5 6 Rank Points
2007 Team Peugeot Total LMP1 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP Peugeot 5.5L Turbo V12 (Diesel) M MON
ovr:1
cls:1
VAL
ovr:Ret
cls:Ret
NÜR
ovr:2
cls:2
SPA
ovr:Ret
cls:Ret
SIL
ovr:1
cls:1
MIL
ovr:1
cls:1
4th 33
2008 Team Peugeot Total LMP1 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP Peugeot 5.5L Turbo V12 (Diesel) M CAT
ovr:1
cls:1
MON
ovr:5
cls:5
SPA
ovr:1
cls:1
NÜR
ovr:2
cls:2
SIL
ovr:Ret
cls:Ret
3rd 32
2010 Team Peugeot Total LMP1 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP Peugeot 5.5L Turbo V12 (Diesel) M CAS SPA
ovr:4
cls:4
ALG HUN SIL 22nd 15
2011 Peugeot Sport Total LMP1 Peugeot 908 Peugeot HDI 3.7 L Turbo V8
(Diesel)
M CAS SPA
ovr:1
cls:1
IMO SIL EST NC 0

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Rank Points
2012 Audi Sport Team Joest LMP1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro Audi TDI 3.7L Turbo V6
(Hybrid Diesel)
SEB SPA
1
LMS
4
SIL SÃO BHR FUJ SHA 11th 49
2013 Audi Sport Team Joest LMP1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro Audi TDI 3.7L Turbo V6
(Hybrid Diesel)
SIL SPA
3
LMS
3
SÃO CTA FUJ SHA BHR 9th 45
2014 Audi Sport Team Joest LMP1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro Audi TDI 4.0 L Turbo V6
(Hybrid Diesel)
SIL SPA LMS
2
COA FUJ SHA BHR SÃO 12th 36

References

  1. ^ a b c http://www.risicompetizione.com/go/gene.cfm
  2. ^ http://manor-motorsport.com/#/1991-1995/4514638440
  3. ^ "Gene stays at Ferrari - but to do what?". Grandprix.com. 10 November 2006. Retrieved 2006-11-12. 
  4. ^ English, Steven (11 November 2010). "Ferrari confirms Bianchi as 2011 tester".  
  5. ^ "Gene hospitalised after Le Mans crash". autosport.com. 1 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 

External links

  • Marc Gené Official Site
  • Marc Gené on Twitter
  • Marc Gené career summary at DriverDB.com
  • Profile and statistics
Sporting positions
Preceded by
None
Open Fortuna by Nissan Champion
1998
Succeeded by
Fernando Alonso
Preceded by
Allan McNish
Rinaldo Capello
Tom Kristensen
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
2009 with:
David Brabham
Alexander Wurz
Succeeded by
Timo Bernhard
Romain Dumas
Mike Rockenfeller
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