37 Facts About Anthony Davidson


Anthony Denis Davidson was born on 18 April 1979 and is a British former racing driver, currently working as an analyst for the Sky Sports F1 television channel, as part of the commentary team for WEC TV, as colour commentator for the F1 series of video games, and as simulator and demonstration driver for Mercedes AMG Petronas.


Anthony Davidson is best known for racing in Formula One for Minardi and Super Aguri, and has been a test or reserve driver for the British American Racing, Honda, and Brawn GP teams.


Anthony Davidson won three British championships, one Italian championship and was runner-up in the Formula A European championship in 1996.


In 2001, Anthony Davidson competed in the British Formula Three championship with the Carlin team, finishing second overall to teammate Takuma Sato.


Anthony Davidson won the Formula Three Pau Grand Prix, the Spa Masters and the FIA European Cup.


In late 2000, Anthony Davidson became the test driver for the British American Racing Formula One team for the 2001 season.


Anthony Davidson was not given a chance to race in 2003 and remained as test driver at BAR.


Anthony Davidson frequently impressed with his pace, other teams frequently taking note of his consistent lap times for tyre degradation data.


In November 2004, BAR announced that it had failed to come to an acceptable contractual agreement with the Williams team to allow Anthony Davidson to drive for Williams in 2005 because Williams would not agree to his unconditional "repatriation" to BAR in 2006.


Anthony Davidson was given the opportunity to fill in for an unwell Sato at the 2005 Malaysian Grand Prix, but his engine expired just two laps into the event.


In 2006 Anthony Davidson resumed his role as test driver for BAR, now owned by Honda and renamed Honda Racing F1.


In 2008 Anthony Davidson returned to Honda as test driver for the testing at Spain's Circuit de Catalunya whilst Honda test driver Alexander Wurz was racing at Le Mans.


At the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix Anthony Davidson was running third when his car struck a groundhog on the straight before the pits, ultimately putting him back to 11th place and ending his bid for his first career points.


Anthony Davidson finished the season in 23rd place having scored no points.


Anthony Davidson was announced as a Honda test driver for the remainder of 2008.


Ross Brawn bought out the team and formed Brawn GP and Anthony Davidson signed on as a test driver.


Anthony Davidson continued in his role as reserve and development driver.


Anthony Davidson was linked with incoming teams Virgin and Lotus for the 2010 F1 season.


However, Anthony Davidson did not secure a 2010 race seat in F1, and instead turned his focus to racing sports cars.


Anthony Davidson tested a Champ Car at Road America in 2002 with Team KOOL Green, to assist the team with traction control development.


Anthony Davidson raced for the Aston Martin Racing team in the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans, alongside Darren Turner and Jos Verstappen.


Anthony Davidson returned in the 2010 edition, driving for defending champions Team Peugeot Total alongside Alexander Wurz and Marc Gene.


In October 2010, Anthony Davidson secured pole position at Petit Le Mans, and went on to finish second with teammates Alex Wurz and Marc Gene.


Five hours into the race, as Anthony Davidson was lapping the AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GTC of Piergiuseppe Perazzini, the two cars collided at the end of the Mulsanne Straight.


Anthony Davidson got out of his car before calling for assistance; he was later transferred to hospital where he was later diagnosed with fractures to the eleventh and twelfth thoracic vertebrae of his back.


In 2013, Anthony Davidson continued driving with Toyota for a full season and ended with third place in the drivers' championship and 2nd place at Le Mans with teammates Buemi and Sarrazin.


However, the performance of the Porsche team, a sixth-place finish at Le Mans, and missing the 2017 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas due to "personal reasons", contributed to Anthony Davidson finishing the season only third in the drivers' championship standings.


Anthony Davidson made his first race appearance in 2018 at Silverstone, driving in the LMP2 class for American team DragonSpeed, where he finished fourth in class.


Anthony Davidson has since been heard as a co-commentator on selected Grands Prix for BBC Radio 5 Live.


Anthony Davidson continued in the role through 2010 into 2011, as the BBC decided on an unchanged lineup for its radio Formula One coverage.


On 7 December 2011, Sky Sports announced that Anthony Davidson would join its British team as an analyst for race weekends, and would be commentating on practice sessions from the 2012 season.


Anthony Davidson commentated alongside Croft for the 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix to cover for Paul di Resta who was needed by Williams to cover for the ill Felipe Massa.


Anthony Davidson is one of the lead commentators on the FIA World Endurance Championship world feed along with Martin Haven and Graham Goodwin, starting in the 2022 season.


Anthony Davidson has been working as an advisor for Codemasters since 2009 with F1 2009, and F1 2010 which was released in September 2010.


Anthony Davidson later worked with Codemasters-Birmingham on F1 2011 and F1 2012.


On 11 August 2006, Anthony Davidson married his girlfriend Carrie in Banbury, Oxfordshire.


Anthony Davidson was friends growing up with the late Dan Wheldon, who competed in IndyCar.