Christian Danner

Intro German race car driver
A.K.A. Кристиан Даннер, Даннер Кристиан
Is Racecar driver Formula One driver Television presenter
From Germany
Type Film, Television, Stage and Radio Sports
Gender male
Birth 4 April 1958, Munich, Germany
Star sign Aries

Christian Danner (born 4 April 1958 in Munich) is a former racing driver from Germany.

Career

Formula Two and Formula 3000

The son of car safety expert Max Danner, Danner started his motor racing career immediately after leaving school in 1977. After having raced in the Renault 5 cup Danner moved to the European Formula Two Championship for the 1981 season. During his years in Formula Two Danner was a constant frontrunner. He scored several podiums but failed to win a race. Danner also set the F2 lap record of the current configuration of the old Nürburgring. Danner moved to the Formula 3000 championship in 1985 which replaced the Formula Two championship. With four wins Danner became the inaugural Formula 3000 championship winner.

Formula One

1985 saw Danner also made his Formula One debut with Zakspeed. He made two starts but failed to finish any races due to mechanical failures. For 1986 he signed with minor Italian outfit Osella but struggled to make an impression with the car and its under powered Alfa Romeo engine. After failing to finish a race in the first six races, Danner moved to Arrows with their powerful BMW turbo engines and scored his first point at the Austrian Grand Prix. Danner returned to Zakspeed in 1987. The car was both un-competitive and often unreliable and when Danner finished a race it was always outside the points. After having raced touring cars in 1988, Danner returned to Formula one in 1989 with Rial Racing. The car was highly uncompetitive and a fourth place due to a high attrition rate at the 1989 United States Grand Prix was the only highlight of the year. Danner was fired after the Portuguese Grand Prix after only qualifying for four races that year.

Touring cars

After his Formula one career Danner became a regular competitor in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft. He made his debut in 1988 after failing to find a ride in Formula one. Danner made an impressive start to his touring car career as he won both races at the Hockenheimring driving a BMW M3. After only making sporadic appearances in 1989 and 1990, Danner made a full-time return to the series in 1991. He had a disappointing season and only had one points scoring finish. In 1993 Danner had his best season. He scored six podium finishes and finished fifth in the points standings. He also won a race at the Non-Championship round in Donington Park. Danner returned to winning ways in 1995 when he won a race at the Norisring. Danner kept racing touring cars through 1997. In 1991 he also started in one British Touring Car Championship race at Thruxton driving a BMW M3.

Other racing

Danner competed in Japanese Formula 3000 in 1990 driving for Leyton House's F3000 team. He scored 4 points and was ranked 14th. In the nineties Danner made several appearances in the Indy Car World Series. His best finish was a seventh place at Homestead Miami in 1995. He also took part in the now defunct series, Grand Prix Masters.

Media career

After his racing career Danner became an F1 commentator for the channel RTL in his native Germany.

Motorsports career results

Career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
1980 German Racing Championship Cassani Racing 5 0 0 0 0 20 23rd
1981 European Formula Two March Racing 12 0 0 0 0 2 18th
24 Hours of Le Mans Helmut Marko RSM 1 0 0 0 0 N/A DNF
1982 European Formula Two March Racing 13 0 0 1 0 6 14th
1983 European Formula Two Onyx Racing 12 0 0 0 1 21 5th
Formula Pacific Andrew Miedecke 8 0 1 1 3 46 7th
1984 European Formula Two BS Automotive 11 0 1 0 4 23 5th
World Sportscar Championship Richard Lloyd Racing 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
1985 International Formula 3000 BS Automotive 11 4 2 4 7 51 1st
Formula One West Zakspeed Racing 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC
24 Hours of Le Mans Kreepy Krauly Racing 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 22nd
European Touring Car Championship Magnum Racing 3 0 0 0 0 0 NC
1986 Formula One Osella Squadra Corse 6 0 0 0 0 1 18th
Barclay Arrows BMW 10 0 0 0 0
24 Hours of Le Mans Kouros Sauber Racing Team 1 0 0 0 0 N/A DNF
1987 Formula One West Zakspeed Racing 15 0 0 0 0 0 NC
European Touring Car Championship Schnitzer Motorsport 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
1988 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft Alpina 22 2 ? 0 3 151 11th
European Touring Car Championship Prodrive 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
1989 Formula One Rial Racing 13 0 0 0 0 3 21st
Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft Linder Rennsport 6 0 ? 0 0 46 21st
1990 Japanese Formula 3000 Leyton House Racing 9 0 0 0 1 4 15th
Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft Schnitzer Rennsport 3 0 ? 0 0 0 NC
1991 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft MM-Diebels 15 0 ? 0 0 6 21st
British Touring Car Championship Prodrive 1 0 0 0 0 8 18th
1992 PPG Indycar Series Euromotorsport 9 0 0 0 0 0 39th
1993 PPG Indycar Series Euromotorsport 3 0 0 0 0 2 31st
Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft Schübel Engineering 22 0 ? 2 6 161 5th
FIA Touring Car Challenge Schübel Engineering 2 0 0 0 0 10 18th
1994 PPG Indycar Series Project Indy 3 0 0 0 0 2 30th
Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft Schübel Engineering 24 0 0 0 3 88 9th
1995 PPG Indycar Series Project Indy 2 0 0 0 0 6 25th
Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft Schübel Engineering 14 1 0 1 1 48 9th
International Touring Car Championship Schübel Engineering 10 1 1 0 1 22 13th
1996 International Touring Car Championship TV Spielfilm Alfa Corse 26 0 2 0 2 48 15th
1997 Super Tourenwagen Cup JAS Engineering 20 0 0 0 0 37 29th
PPG Indycar Series Dale Coyne Racing 3 0 0 0 0 1 31st
2001 Formula One Jaguar Racing Test driver
2002 V8Star Series JAG Racing Team 1 0 0 0 0 27 25th
2004 Mini Challenge Deutschland O2 can Race Team 1 1 0 0 1 30 24th
2005 Grand Prix Masters Team Unipart 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 7th
Italian Formula 3000 Championship Durango 1 0 0 0 0 1 23rd
2006 Grand Prix Masters Team LUK 2 0 2 0 0 10 2nd
Mini Challenge Deutschland Team MINI Deutschland 2 0 2 0 0 0 NC
2007 Formula One Super Aguri Test driver
Mini Challenge Deutschland Team MINI Deutschland 2 0 1 0 0 29 27th
2008 Speedcar Series Phoenix Racing 2 0 0 0 0 0 20th
2017 GT4 European Series Northern Cup MOMO-Megatron Team Partrax 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC
GT4 European Series Southern Cup MOMO-Megatron Team Partrax 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC

Complete European Formula Two Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Pos. Pts
1980 Cassani Racing Team Ralt RT1 BMW THR HOC NÜRDNS VAL PAU SIL ZOL MUG ZAN PER MIS HOC NC 0
1981 March Racing March 812 BMW SIL10 HOC9 THR5 NÜR10 VALRet MUG16 PAURet PERRet SPARet DON14 MISRet MAN11 18th 2
1982 March Racing March 822 BMW SILRet HOCRet THRRet NÜR9 MUGDNS VAL13 PAURet SPA9 HOCRet DON7 MAN6 PER5 MIS4 14th 6
1983 Onyx Racing March 832 BMW SIL3 THR13 HOC2 NÜR3 VAL10 PAU5 JAR9 DON5 MISRet PER7 ZOL4 MUG10 5th 21
1984 BS Automotive March 842 BMW SIL7 HOC6 THR2 VAL3 MUG3 PAU4 HOCRet MIS6 PERRet DON3 BRH10 5th 23

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. ClassPos.
1981 Helmut Marko RSM Peter Oberndofer Prince Leopold von Bayern BMW M1 GT 49 DNF DNF
1985 Kreepy Krauly Racing Graham Duxbury Almo Coppelli March 85G-Porsche C1 270 22nd 17th
1986 Kouros Sauber Racing Team Henri Pescarolo Dieter Quester Sauber C8-Mercedes C1 86 DNF DNF

Complete International Formula 3000 results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap.)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pos. Pts
1985 BS Automotive March 85B Cosworth SIL4 THR6 EST9 VAL3 PAU1 SPA3 DIJ1 PER3 ÖST16 ZAN1 DON1 1st 51

Complete Formula One World Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Pts
1985 West Zakspeed Racing Zakspeed 841 Zakspeed 1500/4 1.5 L4t BRA POR SMR MON CAN DET FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA BELRet EURRet RSA AUS NC 0
1986 Osella Squadra Corse Osella FA1F Alfa Romeo 890T 1.5 V8t BRARet ESPRet SMRRet MONDNQ BELRet CANRet 18th 1
Barclay Arrows BMW Arrows A8 BMW M12/13 1.5 L4t DETRet FRA11 GBRRet GERRet AUT6 ITA8 POR11 MEX9 AUSRet
Arrows A9 HUNRet
1987 West Zakspeed Racing Zakspeed 861 Zakspeed 1500/4 1.5 L4t BRA9 SMR7 NC 0
Zakspeed 871 BELRet MONEX DET8 FRARet GBRRet GERRet HUNRet AUT9 ITA9 PORRet ESPRet MEXRet JPNRet AUS7
1989 Rial Racing Rial ARC2 Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 BRA14 SMRDNQ MONDNQ MEX12 USA4 CAN8 FRADNQ GBRDNQ GERDNQ HUNDNQ BELDNQ ITADNQ PORDNQ ESP JPN AUS 21st 3

Complete Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Pos. Pts
1988 Alpina BMW M3 ZOL126 ZOL28 HOC11 HOC21 NÜR1Ret NÜR214 BRN134 BRN2Ret AVU111 AVU2Ret MFA14 MFA26 NÜR19 NÜR23 NOR124 NOR2Ret WUN124 WUN226 SAL1C SAL2C HUN111 HUN213 HOC112 HOC27 11th 151
1989 Linder Rennsport BMW M3 ZOL117 ZOL24 HOC1 HOC2 NÜR1 NÜR2 MFA1 MFA2 AVU1 AVU2 NÜR1 NÜR2 NOR122 NOR28 HOC1 HOC2 DIE1 DIE2 NÜR1 NÜR2 HOC113 HOC27 21st 46
1990 Schnitzer Motorsport BMW M3 ZOL1 ZOL2 HOC1 HOC2 NÜR1 NÜR2 AVU1 AVU2 MFA1 MFA2 WUN1 WUN2 NÜR1 NÜR2 NOR1Ret NOR2 DIE1 DIE2 NÜR1 NÜR2 HOC118 HOC214 NC 0
1991 MM-Diebels BMW M3 ZOL123 ZOL26 HOC118 HOC214 NÜR116 NÜR212 AVU1Ret AVU2DNS WUN122 WUN2Ret NOR1 NOR2 DIE1 DIE2 NÜR1Ret NÜR212 ALE114 ALE2Ret HOC129 HOC219 BRN1 BRN2 DON1 DON2 21st 6
1993 Schübel Engineering Alfa Romeo 155 V6 Ti ZOL12 ZOL22 HOC18 HOC26 NÜR16 NÜR2Ret WUN14 WUN25 NÜR16 NÜR22 NOR13 NOR23 DON11 DON22 DIE17 DIE2Ret ALE16 ALE24 AVU14 AVU22 HOC1Ret HOC25 5th 161
1994 Schübel Engineering Alfa Romeo 155 V6 Ti ZOL110 ZOL29 HOC16 HOC25 NÜR12 NÜR22 MUG13 MUG2Ret NÜR14 NÜR28 NOR1Ret NOR211 DON19 DON2DSQ DIE17 DIE25 NÜR1Ret NÜR2DNS AVU110 AVU218 ALE15 ALE2Ret HOC110 HOC26 9th 88
1995 Schübel Engineering Alfa Romeo 155 V6 Ti HOC116 HOC29 AVU18 AVU23 NOR11 NOR26 DIE18 DIE2Ret NÜR112 NÜR214 ALE17 ALE24 HOC115 HOC216 9th 48

Complete International Touring Car Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 Pos. Pts
1995 Schübel Engineering Alfa Romeo 155 V6 Ti MUG1Ret MUG212 HEL11 HEL213† DON112 DON29 EST115 EST2DNS MAG1Ret MAG213 15th 48
1996 TV Spielfilm Alfa Corse Alfa Romeo 155 V6 Ti HOC113 HOC2Ret NÜR19 NÜR210 EST112 EST213 HEL18 HEL2Ret NOR1Ret NOR2DNS DIE115 DIE2Ret SIL110 SIL213 NÜR118 NÜR220 MAG1Ret MAG2DNS MUG112 MUG2Ret HOC17 HOC26 INT13 INT2Ret SUZ12 SUZ27 15th 48

Complete Super Tourenwagen Cup results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pos. Pts
1997 JAS Engineering Alfa Romeo 155 TS HOC117 HOC223 ZOL223 ZOL223 NÜR117 NÜR2Ret SAC1Ret SAC2Ret NOR117 NOR1Ret WUN118 WUN2Ret ZWE124 ZWE221 SAL120 SAL221 REG120 REG118 NÜR123 NÜR118 29th 37

Complete Japanese Formula 3000 Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 DC Points
1990 Leyton House Racing SUZ13 FUJRet MIN9 SUZ15 SUG17 FUJRet FUJ10 SUZ16 FUJ3 SUZ 15th 4

American Open-Wheel racing results

PPG Indycar Series (key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
1992 Euromotorsport SRF PHX LBH INDY DET18 POR MIL NHA TOR16 MCH CLE16 ROA16 VAN21 MDO19 NAZ13 LAG20 39th 0
1993 Euromotorsport SRF PHX LBH INDY MIL DET POR CLE25 TOR MCH NHA ROA11 VAN MDO NAZ LAG26 31st 2
1994 Project Indy SRF PHX LBH INDY MIL DET12 POR CLE TOR MCH MDO NHA VAN ROA12 NAZ LAG 30th 2
1995 Project Indy MIA7 SRF PHX LBH NAZ INDY MIL DET22 POR ROA TOR CLE MCH MDO NHA VAN LAG 25th 6
1997 Payton/Coyne MIA SRF LBH NAZ RIO GAT MIL DET12 POR27 CLE TOR MCH MDO ROA VAN23 LAG FON 31st 1

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