|First race:||Hockenheimring 2004|
|2004 Persson (Mercedes-Benz) – 2007 Abt, Futurecom – 2008-2010 Rosberg (all Audi)|
|Podium finishes:||– —|
|Overall wins:||– —|
|Formula 1 world championship|
|First launch:||European Grand Prix 2007|
|Last launch:||European Grand Prix 2007|
|World Cup Record:||no world championship placing|
|World Cup points:||– —|
|Podium finishes:||– —|
|Leadership Laps:||6 over 30.9 km|
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
Statistics in the Formula 1 World Championship
|2007||Etihad Aldar Spyker F1 Team||Spyker F8-VII||Ferrari 2.4 V8||1||– –||– –||– –||– –||– –||– –||– –|
|Total||1||– –||– –||– –||– –||– –||– –|
|Silver||– –||2. Place|
|Bronze||– –||3. Place|
|Green||– –||Ranking in points|
|Blue||– –||Classified outside the points|
|Purple||DNF||Race not finished (did not finish)|
|Red||DNQ||nicht qualifiziert (did not qualify)|
|DNPQ||failed in pre-qualification (did not pre-qualify)|
|White||DNS||nicht am Start (did not start)|
|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)|
|DNA||nicht erschienen (did not arrive)|
|C||Race cancelled (cancelled)|
|no participation in the World Cup|
|*||not at the finish, but due to the distance covered
|underlined||Leader in the overall standings|
|Year||Team||Vehicle||Teammate||Teammate||Teammate||Placement||Reason for failure|
|2014||Flying Lizard Motorsports||Audi R8 LMS ultra||Spencer Pumpelly||Alessandro Latif||Nelson Canache||Rank 33|
– Collection of pictures, videos and audio files
- Archived copy(Memento of 28 September 2007 at the Internet Archive)
- The Winkelhock family comes full circle
|SHORT DESCRIPTION||german automobile racing driver|
|DATE OF BIRTH||13. June 1980|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt, Germany|