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Felipe Nasr

Formula 1 driver

Felipe Nasr
Vital statistics for Felipe Nasr
NationalityBRA
BirthplaceBrasília, Brazil
Born21 August 1992
Age26
F1 debutAustralian Grand Prix, 2015
Driver number12

Nasr joined Williams ahead of the 2014 season, as the team found some investment from Brazilian sponsors. Felipe Nasr was confusingly brought in at the same time as Felipe Massa, but was signed as a reserve driver with testing and practice responsibilities. His first opportunity to drive the car on a Friday during the season came in Bahrain. With Williams opting to keep their driver lineup for 2015, Nasr moved to Sauber to make his F1 debut.

F1 biography

Felipe Nasr started his motorsport career like many of the greats, karting in various different Brazilian championships and taking home several titles. He joined the Formula BMW Americas series for one race in 2008, taking part in the Grand Prix at Brazil. He switched to Formula BMW in Europe for 2009, participating in the full season and winning the title at his first attempt.

The following year, Nasr joined the British Formula Three championship, driving for the Kimi Räikkönen owned team and signing with Kimi’s manager at the same time. He switched teams in 2011, moving to Carlin Motorsport, and winning the title by a substantial margin. GP2 was next on the agenda, where he spent two years at DAMS and then back at Carlin. The driver picked up several podium finishes, but didn’t quite get to the top step.

Ahead of the 2014 season, Nasr was announced as reserve driver at the Williams F1 team, with confirmation that he would participate in several practice sessions throughout the year. His performance was praised by the team, but they didn't have a seat for him for the 2015 season. Instead, Nasr moved to Sauber to join Marcus Ericsson in an all-new lineup for the Sauber squad, and the team opted to keep the same drivers for 2016 as well.

Learn more about Felipe Nasr with the Pocket F1 Handbook.