JérômeD’Ambrosio is a racing driver from Belgium who has competed in the Formula 1 World Championship and many other competitions. Currently he drives for Dragon Racing in the FIA Formula E Championship. He made a Formula E debut in the inaugural season in 2014, winning two races since then.
Jerome D'Ambrosio was born on December 27, 1985, in Etterbeek, one of the municipalities in the Brussels-Capital Region. Karting was the category in which he has made his first steps in racing. Between 1997 and 2002 D’Ambrosio won three national titles and won a couple of international races before he moved to Formula Renault.
Driving in Belgium, France and Italy
The success was imminent as Jerome became Belgian Formula Renault champion in 2003. The same year he also competed in the German Formula Konig championship in which he won 4th place. In the following year, D’Ambrosio had more duties as a Graff Racing driver. In the French Formula Renault 2.0, he finished 4th overall while in the Eurocup Formula Renault he wasn’t as good and finished the season at the 16th position.
The season of 2005 brought a new challenge for the Belgian racer who became a racer of Euronova Racing team. D’Ambrosio competed in Italy and had solid results. In the Italian Formula Renault 2.0, Winter Series he finished at 3rd position while in the full season he was 4th after he has scored one win and other four podiums out from 17 starts. Performances in the Eurocup Formula Renault weren’t as good and D’Ambrosio must settle for 15th position.
First International Formula Masters champion
D’Ambrosio stayed with Euronova Racing in 2006, but he switched to Euroseries 3000 championship. After he has scored three podium finishes, Jerome at the end of the season took the 5th position. That was his only year in the series because he moved to the new International Formula Masters series in 2007. Driving for the Cram Competition team, the Belgian driver won the title winning five out of 16 races and having other six podiums.
2007 Formula Master champion
Jérôme D'Ambrosio spent four years in GP2 Series
And again, D’Ambrosio changed the competition before the start of the new season. In 2008 he debuted in GP2 Series, driving for DAMS, but without too much success as he was only the 11th in the championship. Just a bit more successful was the following year in which D’Ambrosio moved up to 9th place, but in the Asian GP2 Series, he finished the season as a vice-champion.
D'Ambrosio, 2009 GP2 Series, Turkey
In 2010, D’Ambrosio entered his last year in GP2 Series with DAMS. He finally scored a race win (at Monaco) and finished 2nd at Monza, but at the end of the year, he was only 12th in the points. However, D’Ambrosio in 2010 got an opportunity to test himself in Formula 1 as a test and reserve driver of Renault team. He got a chance in four Friday practice sessions but the impressions weren’t brilliant.
Driving for Virgin Racing in 2011 Formula 1 season
In December of 2010, Virgin Racing F1 team confirmed that Jerome D’Ambrosio will drive for them in 2011 campaign. The Belgian proved to be a reliable driver after he has finished 16 out of 19 races, but the results again were pretty bad. His best result was 14th place in Australia and later in Canada, so at the end of the year, he was in the group of drivers which couldn’t score a point.
As a Vrigin Racing driver in 2011
D’Ambrosio after his rookie season moved to Lotus F1 team where he acted as a reserve driver. During two years with the team, D’Ambrosio drove only in one race, 2012 Italian Grand Prix when he replaced Romain Grosjean and finished at the 13th place. In the same time, the Belgian started to work as an F1 commentator for Sky TV and Belgian RTBF as an commentator for GP2 and GP3 Series.
Formula E was an excellent choice
The season of 2014 was full of new challenges for the Belgian driver. He debuted in the Blancpain GT Endurance Series in which he was 17th overall. Better results he achieved in the FIAFormulaE Championship, driving for Dragon Racing. In the inaugural season of the competition, D’Ambrosio finished at 4th place, scoring one win and two podiums.
D'Ambrosio is with Dragon Racing since the beginning of Formula E
For the 2015-2016 campaign, he stayed with Dragon Racing and again did well, scoring another win and two podiums, to finish 5th in the final classification. Interestingly, both Jerome’s ePrix triumphs arrived as a result of Lucas di Grassi’s disqualification, in Berlin and Mexico City.
He stayed with Dragon Racing for the third year in a row but the season 2016/2017 was disappointing. His best result over the season was seventh place in Hong Kong and he finished only 18th in the points. In the Formula E season 4 he's again at the wheel of Dragon Racing's electric formula.