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Robert Wickens
Robert Wickens
Driver Details
Nationality Canadian Flag Canadian
Date of Birth 13/03/1989
Date of Death Unknown
Début Hockenheim 2012
Championships 0
2014 Position 12th (41pts)
Wins 3
First Win Nürburgring 2013
Previous Teams Mücke Motorsport
DTM Career
Total Entries 48 (48 Starts)
Pole Positions 3
Fastest Laps 1
Total Points

186

Current Season
Team HWA AG
Car Mercedes C63 DTM
Number Standings Points
6 13th 61
WIC 15 Livery
Robert Wickens is a Canadian racing driver and member of the Mercedes-Benz DTM campaign for the 2015 DTM Championship.[1][2] One of two Canadian drivers in the DTM, Wickens has won two races during his career, and has been a member of the Mercedes-Benz Junior Team since it was reformed in 2012.[3]

Current SeasonEdit

Wickens 2015 challenge started poorly at the DTM Festival that started the new season, as he retired from the first lap of the first race. In the second race of the weekend, however, he scored six points for finishing seventh.

BackgroundEdit

After a stint in karting as a child, Wickens entered his first motorcar race at the age of 16, entering Formula BMW USA with a BMW scholarship.[3] After finishing the season in third, and becoming top rookie, He returned for the 2006 season and won the championship, while also making a series of entries into several European competitions, and the Formula BMW World Final at the end of the season.[1] 2007 saw the Canadian enter the Champ Car Atlantic Championship, as well as the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, although his split attention prevented him taking the title in either.[1]

On to the SummitEdit

A switch to compete full time in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series followed in 2008, with Wickens taking 12th, as well as competing in the Formula 3 Euro Series at select races.[3] He continued to enter a limited number of F3 races in 2009, after moving into the reborn FIA Formula Two Championship for the season, taking two victories.[3] His runner-up spot in Formula Two prompted several Formula One teams to take an interest in him, with Wickens returning to Europe to compete in 2010.[3]

A 2010 campaign in the GP3 Series ended with Wickens as runner-up in the championship, before he signed to be a test and reserve driver with the Marussia F1 outfit for 2011.[3] After one appearance in a practice session, and a successful campaign in Formula Renault 3.5 Series that ended in championship glory, Wickens was expected to become a full F1 driver for 2012, being the only North American racing driver to hold a valid Superlicence (the document required to compete in F1).[3] Yet, surprisingly, this move did not happen, and Wickens was adopted by Mercedes for their Junior Team in 2012.[3]

DTM HistoryEdit

Wickens was signed to be a full DTM driver before the start of the 2012 season, partnering David Coulthard at Mücke Motorsport.[4] A mixed season saw Wickens score three points finishes over the mid-season, although the end of the year was severely hampered by retirements, seeing him finish 16th overall.[3] Moving to the HWA AG team for 2013, Wickens enjoyed a more successful season, highlighted by his first career win at the Nürburgring near the end of the season.[3]

His fifth place overall that season earned Wickens a renewal to his contract, although a slow start to the season, hampered by the Mercedes C-Coupé's struggle for pace in general meant he failed to score any points in the opening three races.[3] However, Wickens caused a stir by dominating the Norisring event, taking pole and victory in the wet.[3] It was to be a brief moment in the sun, however, with Wickens only scoring three more points paying places before the end of the season, leaving him down in 12th in the final standings.[3]

2015 started more positively for the Canadian challenger, with a seventh place in the second race of the weekend meaning he achieved his best result of his career in the season opening race.

Full DTM RecordEdit

Wickens' full results from his 48 starts in the DTM are outlined in a series of tables below.

DTM EntriesEdit

The list below includes all of the teams and cars, as well as overall finishing positions for Wickens during his DTM career:

Robert Wickens's Overall DTM Record
Year Entrant No. Car Pos. Pts.
2012 Flag of Germany Mücke Motorsport 20 Mercedes C-Coupé 16th 14
2013 Flag of Germany HWA Team 10 Mercedes C-Coupé 5th 70
2014 Flag of Germany HWA Team 12 Mercedes C-Coupé 12th 41
2015 Flag of Germany HWA Team 6 Mercedes C63 DTM 13th 61
2016 Flag of Germany HWA Team 6 Mercedes C63 DTM

Career ResultsEdit

Below is a table showing Robert Wickens's full DTM record.

DTM Championship Record
Year Rounds Pts. Pos.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
2012 Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Britain Flag of Austria Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Dutch Flag Flag of Germany Flag of Spain Flag of Germany 14 16th
14th 22nd 14th 13th 9th 9th 7th Ret 7th Ret Ret
2013 Flag of Germany Flag of Britain Flag of Austria Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Russia Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Dutch Flag Flag of Germany 70 5th
Ret 3rd 12th 4th 2nd 12th 1st 22nd 16th 18th
2014 Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Germany Flag of Russia Flag of Austria Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Dutch Flag Flag of Germany 41 12th
18th Ret 11th 1st 14th DSQ 9th 5th 8th 17th
2015 Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Dutch Flag Flag of Austria Flag of Russia Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany 61 13th
Ret 7th 6th 18th 2nd 1st Ret 19th Ret 20th 12th 22nd Ret 16th 8th Ret Ret 18th
Results Key
Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1st Winner Ret Retired
2nd Second DSQ Disqualified
3rd Third DNS Did Not Start
7th Points Scorer NC Not Classified
Italics Qualifying Race C Race Cancelled
16th Non-points finish Non-Championship Race

ReferencesEdit

Videos and Images:

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 'Robert Wickens', dtm.com, (DTM, 2015), http://www.dtm.com/en/driver/robert-wickens?language=en-gb, (Accessed 09/05/2015)
  2. van Leeuwen, Andrew, 'Gary Paffett to lead ART's new DTM Mercedes campaign in 2015', autosport.com, (Haymarket Publications, 30/01/2015), http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/117509, (Accessed 09/05/2015)
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 'Robert Wickens', wikipedia.org, (Wikipedia, 06/05/2015), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Wickens, (Accessed 09/05/2015)
  4. O'Leary, Jamie, 'Robert Wickens and Roberto Merhi join Mercedes for DTM assault', autosport.com / webcitation.org, (Haymarket Publications, 02/04/2012), http://www.webcitation.org/66g1cHbap, (Accessed 09/05/2015)

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