Anthony Davidson


Anthony Davidson is a British racing driver, and was the 2014 FIA World Endurance Champion.

Anthony retired from competive racing at the end of the 2021 season of the FIA World Endurance Championship, but continues to provide promotional and consultancy services utilising his expertise. He is 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. Anthony is part of the Sky Sports F1 commentary team at selected F1 Grand Prix weekends, and a commentator and analyst for the FIA World Endurance Championship – broadcast on the FIA WEC app and Eurosport.

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 inaugral 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 finished third in the FIA World Endurance Championship, having won five of the eight races with team-mates Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima.

In 2018 Anthony joined the DragonSpeed racing team to compete in the LMP2 category of the World Endurance Championship. Continuing to race in LMP2 in the WEC with the JOTA team  – until the end of the 2021 season when he announced his retirement from racing – Anthony and team-mates won several races and enjoyed many podiums in the category.