Markus Winkelhock

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Markus Winkelhock
Markus Winkelhock 2014
Nation: GermanyDeutschland Germany
First race: Hockenheimring 2004
Teams (Manufacturer)
2004 Persson (Mercedes-Benz) – 2007 Abt, Futurecom – 2008-2010 Rosberg (all Audi)
Starts Victories Poles SR
49 – — – — – —
Podium finishes: – —
Overall wins: – —
Points: 24
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Markus Winkelhock
Nation: GermanyDeutschland Germany
Formula 1 world championship
First launch: European Grand Prix 2007
Last launch: European Grand Prix 2007
2007 Spyker
World Cup Record: no world championship placing
Starts Victories Poles SR
1 – — – — – —
World Cup points: – —
Podium finishes: – —
Leadership Laps: 6 over 30.9 km
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Markus Winkelhock (born 13 June 1980 in Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt) is a German automobile racing driver. He is the son of racing driver Manfred Winkelhock, who died in an accident in 1985, and the nephew of Joachim and Thomas Winkelhock.


Winkelhock in the German Formula 3 in 2002

Markus Winkelhock at the 2009 DTM season opener at the Hockenheimring

Markus Winkelhock’s career began in 1998 in Formula König. After two years in Formula Renault, he drove Formula 3 until 2003. In 2004, he competed in the DTM for Team Persson Motorsport in an AMG Mercedes Benz CLK, but then switched back to the monoposto at the end of the season, this time in the heavily powered World Series variant of Formula Renault, and finished third in the championship.

For 2006 Winkelhock signed a contract as a test driver with the Formula 1 team MF1 Racing. He was allowed to climb into the Midland racing car a total of four times during Friday practice sessions and made a respectable impression.

This prompted the Midland successor team Spyker to sign Winkelhock as a test driver again in 2007

Winkelhock drove for injured Audi driver Tom Kristensen in the 2007 DTM at the EuroSpeedway and Brands Hatch. From Mugello onwards he replaced Adam Carroll, who moved back to the GP2 series.[1]

On 22 July 2007, Markus Winkelhock made his debut in the Formula One World Championship at the European Grand Prix at the Nürburgring as a replacement for Christijan Albers, who had been dismissed from Spyker. There, he took the lead on the second lap after rain set in, having been the only driver to start from the pit lane on rain tyres after the opening lap.[2] He was able to hold this position for six laps, but fell back to 15th place at the restart after a race interruption and then had to end the race due to technical problems.

From 2008 to 2010 Winkelhock drove in the DTM for Team Rosberg with a previous year’s model of the Audi A4. With 6 points, he finished the 2008 season in 12th place in the drivers’ standings. The following year, Winkelhock improved once again and finished tenth in the championship with two fourth places and eleven points, ahead of Mercedes-Benz new car driver Ralf Schumacher. In 2011, Winkelhock no longer raced in the DTM as he was no longer offered a contract by Audi.

In 2011 and 2012, Markus Winkelhock drove for Team Münnich Motorsport in the FIA GT1 World Championship. In the 2011 season he drove a Lamborghini Murciélago LP 670 RS-V. In 2012 he became driver and team world champion in a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3.

From 26 June 2012 to 12 May 2017, Markus Winkelhock held the lap record for electrically powered production cars on the Nürburgring Nordschleife with 8:09.099, set in an Audi R8 e-tron. Subsequently, Markus Winkelhock also set the record for two consecutive laps in an electrically powered vehicle with 16:56.969, also in an Audi R8 e-tron[3][4].

In 2017, Winkelhock won the 24-hour race on the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring in the Land team with de Phillippi/Mies/van der Linde in an Audi R8 LMS. Only a few weeks later, he also won the 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium. He drove the winning R8 LMS together with Christopher Haase and Jules Gounon. This is his second success after winning in 2014.


Former Mercedes motorsport boss Norbert Haug was best man at the wedding of Winkelhock’s parents.[5]


Statistics in the Formula 1 World Championship

General overview

Season Team Chassis Motor Race Victories Second Third Poles schn.
Race laps
Points WM-Pos.
2007 Etihad Aldar Spyker F1 Team Spyker F8-VII Ferrari 2.4 V8 1 – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Total 1 – – – – – – – – – – – –

Individual results

Season 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
2007 Flag of Australia.svg Flag of Malaysia.svg Flag of Bahrain.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Europe.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Turkey.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Flag of Brazil.svg
Color Abbreviation Meaning
Gold – – Victory
Silver – – 2. Place
Bronze – – 3. Place
Green – – Ranking in points
Blue – – Classified outside the points
Purple DNF Race not finished (did not finish)
NC not classified
Red DNQ nicht qualifiziert (did not qualify)
DNPQ failed in pre-qualification (did not pre-qualify)
Black DSQ disqualified (disqualified)
White DNS nicht am Start (did not start)
WD withdrawn
Light blue PO only participated in the training (practiced only)
TD Friday test driver (test driver)
without DNP did not participate in the training (did not practice)
INJ injured or sick (injured)
EX excluded
DNA nicht erschienen (did not arrive)
C Race cancelled (cancelled)
no participation in the World Cup
other P/bold Pole position
SR/italic Fastest lap
* not at the finish, but due to the distance covered
() Strike results
underlined Leader in the overall standings

Sebring results

Year Team Vehicle Teammate Teammate Teammate Placement Reason for failure
2014 United StatesVereinigte Staaten Flying Lizard Motorsports Audi R8 LMS ultra United StatesVereinigte Staaten Spencer Pumpelly United KingdomVereinigtes Königreich Alessandro Latif VenezuelaVenezuela Nelson Canache Rank 33

Web links

Commons: Markus Winkelhock– Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual references

  1. Archived copy(Memento of 28 September 2007 at the Internet Archive)
  5. The Winkelhock family comes full circle