Anthony Davidson is a British racing driver, currently competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship with the Toyota Gazoo Racing team.
In addition to his on-track activities, he is also a development driver for the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team, working on the simulator programme.
When he isn’t driving himself, he is talking about it – as part of the SKY F1 commentary team. Anthony attends a number of the Grands Prix which don’t clash with his own racing and testing commitments, providing commentary for the practice sessions and analysis on the SKY pad for qualifying and Grands Prix.
Anthony’s career started with karting at the age of eight. In 1999 he began single seater car racing, and the following year won the Formula Ford Festival World Cup and the McLaren/Autosport Young Driver Of The Year Award. In 2001, he finished second in the British Formula 3 Championship and won the F3 Euro Cup Series before making his F1 debut as test driver for B·A·R Honda, the start of a long career with the team.
From 2002 until 2006 Anthony was test/reserve driver for B·A·R Honda/Honda Racing F1 Team, racing at the Malaysian Grand Prix in 2005, and competing in two Grands Prix for Minardi F1 in 2002. In November 2006 Anthony signed to race with the Super Aguri F1 Team for the 2007 and 2008 F1 Championships. Due to financial issues, the team closed during the 2008 Championship. Anthony returned to action testing for Honda F1 Racing and has since continued to work with the team in its various guises, as Brawn F1 and now as the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team.
During 2009 Anthony returned to sports cars to contest the Le Mans 24hrs race with the Aston Martin Racing Team, in their LMP1 entry. In 2010 he made the step to racing sports cars full-time, joining Team Peugeot Sport for its 2010 Le Mans campaign and winning in his debut race for Peugeot at the 12 Hours of Sebring. In 2011 Anthony competed in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup with Peugeot Sport.
In 2012 Anthony joined Toyota Racing for the inaugural year of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). After recovering from a broken back, Anthony returned to action with Toyoya in 2013, finishing second in the championship.
In 2014 Anthony won the FIA World Endurance Championship – along with Toyota Racing teammate Sebastian Buemi – with victories at four out of eight races. Anthony and the team also secured the 2014 WEC manufacturers title for Toyota.
The 2016 Championship was beset with bad luck for the number 8 car crew, most notably the technical issue which cost them the Le Mans victory on the penultimate lap of the 24-hour race.
In 2017 Anthony and the team will return to the track hoping to challenge again for victory for Toyota Racing in the new TS050 HYBRID. They will be competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship, which consists of nine international endurance rounds (races of between six and twenty-four hours) and runs from April to November.