Giorgio Mondini is a racing driver from Switzerland who currently competes in the LMP3 class of the European Le Mans Series with EuroInternational team. Before making ELMS debut in 2016, Mondini was the Italian Prototype champion in 2015.
Earlier in a career, Mondini spent the most time in single-seater competitions, reaching Formula One as a test and reserve driver of the MF1 Racing team in 2011. In other formula championships, his greatest success is a title of Formula Renault V6 Eurocup champion in 2004.
Starting a racing career in Formula Renault
Born in July 1980 in Geneva, Giorgio Mondini started his racing career in 2001, entering the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup with Jenzer Motorsport. He spent two seasons in the series, scoring no wins or podiums.
In 2003, Mondini made a step up into the Formula Renault V6 Eurocup with EuroInternational team. In the first season, he was seventh in the points. Then, in 2004, he scored three victories and won the championship title.
Formula Renault 3.5 and GP2 Series in the same season
The next step in a career was the Formula Renault 3.5 Series. Driving the #1 car for EuroInternational, he participated in three rounds. In the second part of the season, he joined Carlin in Monza's round of the FR 3.5 Series but spent the rest of the year with David Price Racing in the GP2 Series. He scored no points in ten races.
Between seasons 2005 and 2006, Mondini joined A1 Team Switzerland in the A1 Grand Prix Series to race in the last two rounds. Although his results were not good, the team finished in the second place thanks to one victory and ten podiums of Neel Jani.
Giorgio Mondini as F1 test driver in 2006
Formula One test driver in 2006
In 2006, Mondini reached a peak in open-wheel racing, entering the world of Formula One. He joined Midland F1 (MRF1 Racing) as a test and reserve driver, participating in practice sessions in nine Grand Prix meetings.
In 2007, Mondini made a switch to GT racing but also made a one-off appearance in season's finale of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series with EuroInternational.
In GT racing, he scored one victory in Spanish GT Championship with Playteam's Ferrari F430 GTC and raced with factory-entered Aston Martin DBR9 in FIA GT race at Zhuhai.
Giorgio Mondini (in the middle) in his only appearance at 24 Hours of Le Mans
Out of racing in 2008, Le Mans debut with Audi in 2009
Giorgio Mondini was out of racing in 2008, then returning to race track in world's greatest event, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He joined Kolles team to drive the #15 Audi R10 TDI alongside Christijan Albers and Christian Bakkerud. They finished the race in the ninth place.
After Le Mans, Mondini participated in two more Le Mans Series races with Kolles, at Algarve and Nurburgring, recording DNFs in both races.
Coming out of retirement to win the championship in 2015
From 2010, Mondini was out of racing again. He briefly came out of retirement in 2011, testing a car for HRT F1 Team and participating in some races with old Spice SE89 prototype.
Then, in 2015, Mondini reactivated himself to participate full time in the Italian Prototype Championship with EuroInternational and Best Lap. Driving two different prototypes, Lucchini P2 and Ligier JS53 Evo, he won eight races and captured the championship title.
Giorgio Mondini and Antonio Ferrari in 2015
European Le Mans Series regular since 2016
In 2016, EuroInternational recruited Mondini for their team in the European Le Mans Series. He was driving the #11 Ligier JS P3-Nissan in LMP3 class, sharing a car with Marco Jacoboni (four races), Andrea Roda (two races) and Jay Palmer (one race). Scoring one podium, Mondini was 14th in the points of the LMP3 class.
He scored maiden ELMS LMP3 victory in July 2017 at Red Bull Ring, sharing the #11 Ligier with Davide Uboldi. His other co-drivers during the season were Marco Jacoboni and Andrea Dromedari, he finished seventh in the points.
In 2018, Mondini competes his third ELMS season with EuroInternational's #11 Ligier JS P3. He and Kay van Berlo won the second round at Monza.