Fabio Leimer Championship-winning racing driver

Hi, I’m Fabio Leimer. Welcome to my website. Here you’ll find all the information you could need about my life in motor racing. There’s a page about me, my career statistics, and various methods of contacting my management team too. My favourite part is the Gallery – take a look!

I'm the third driver for the Manor Marussia F1 Team, and I have raced in FIA Formula E and in the FIA World Endurance Championship. My goal is to race in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, and it’s a target that is getting closer all the time. So thanks for supporting me, and together we will race in the sport’s top level!

Latest News

  • Fabio’s Abu Dhabi report

    So the season is finally over, and I'm back at home now after a busy weekend in Abu Dhabi with Manor. Obviously the big question that everybody has been asking me is: "what are you doing next year?"

    But unfortunately, I’m not in a position to answer that yet. The reason why is that, as everyone knows, so much in Formula One depends on money, and I’m not yet sure how much of that I will have at my disposal in 2016! Usual story I guess: it’s the same for nearly every driver – so you just get on with it.

    During the off-season, many people think that drivers go off on holidays or spend their time at home eating and drinking through Christmas. Not a bit of it! The off-season is the time when you’re trying to get sponsors, prepare presentations, talk with teams – it’s much busier and more stressful than the actual season, when you can just get on with the business of racing.

    So I’m talking with Manor, and I also have a few other possibilities to explore. The third driver role I have been doing is a fantastic one in terms of experience: you get full immersion into the world of Formula One, and complete access to all the team meetings and debriefs. Essentially, you’re dealing with exactly the same information that the race drivers themselves receive, so as preparation for Formula One, it doesn’t get better. The highlight of the season for me was obviously driving the car in free practice in Hungary: it was a fantastic opportunity to show my capabilities with contemporary F1 machinery.
    But of course as a racing driver, what you want to do is actually race. So whatever I end up doing next year, I’d like a competitive element to it. I miss racing basically!

    All this depends on sponsorship though and that’s my focus at the moment. Formula One is still my goal – I believe that I have the capabilities to be world champion one day – but I keep an open mind regarding other things. There’s a huge variety of close competition out there in many different formulae. All I want to do is get out on track again.
    As a result, there are a few projects that I’m working on at the moment, so I’ll be writing again with an update in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, drive safely!

  • Fabio's Brazil report

    What did I make of the Brazilian Grand Prix? It's interesting how Nico Rosberg is on top now, taking poles and wins now that the fight for the championship is over. Often, it's easier to find the results once the pressure is off, but as a racing driver pressure is part of everyday life. You just have to learn how to absorb it. However, I also know from my own personal experience of winning the GP2 title just how much a championship campaign takes things out of you. You put all your energy and focus into winning the title and you only realise how concentrated you are once you achieve that objective. Then, when you take the objective away, it's not quite the same.

    When I won the GP2 title in 2013, I had a title fight that went right down to the final round in Abu Dhabi – where the next grand prix takes place this weekend – so I couldn't afford to relax for a minute.

    My main rival was Sam Bird, but Felipe Nasr – now driving for Sauber in F1 – was in with a shout too, while James Calado and Stefano Coletti also had a mathematical possibility to take the title. It was such a close fight with Sam, and my weekend got off to a bad start when we had a problem with the car in qualifying. But in the end, I actually managed to get the points I needed to win the title by finishing fourth in the feature race on Saturday. Then on Sunday I went one better and finished on the podium.

    These are all amazing memories for me, and I will be remembering those times with a lot of affection in Abu Dhabi this weekend. It's the final race of the season, but I've got an important job to do with Manor as reserve driver, and I will be putting all of my energies into doing it to the very best of my abilities, as always.

  • Fabio's Mexico report

    I've done a Mexican wave before...but it's been a long time since I saw a crowd like there was in Mexico doing one!

    It just goes to show how popular Formula One remains, fundamentally, and what a good idea it is for the championship to visit new places. Some people talk about falling TV audiences and what can be done to improve the show in F1, but I've got to say that the show looks pretty healthy to me.

    It was a great win for Nico Rosberg in Mexico City and it was something that he absolutely had to do, otherwise he risked becoming destroyed mentally for next year. As a driver, you don't tend to show your emotions for a number of reasons. Firstly, you don't want emotion to cloud your judgment and affect your performance. Secondly, if somebody else - especially your team mate - picks up on any negative emotions, it can put you at a competitive disadvantage. And there's no doubt that Nico needed to put the balance of power back in his favour, urgently.

    Most drivers consult a sports psychologist at some point in their careers - but generally they don't even like to talk about it. Paranoia and secrecy in Formula One?! Surely not...

    I might even have seen one myself. But I'm not telling!

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