RobertWickens, born on 13th of March 1989 in Toronto, is one of the top Canadian racing drivers, best-known as one of the Mercedes drivers in DTM series.
2005 Formula BMW Rookie of the Year
Wickens started his racing career in karting at the age of 12 and during four years he has won many national championships in the various classes before switching to formula racing. He earned a BMW junior scholarship what allowed him to compete in Formula BMW USA in 2005. Robert was named Rookie of the Year after winning two races and taking 3rd place overall. He also qualified for the Formula BMW World Final where he was 6th.
Robert Wickens at the beginning of his career
In 2006, the Canadian driver stayed in the series with Team Apex Racing but when he became a member of Red Bull Junior Team, Wickens moved to the Eurointernational team and immediately showed what he has by winning the title, with three race wins and seven podium finishes. The same year Robert appeared as a guest in two races of Formula BMW ADAC and Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0. For the second time, Wickens qualified for the Formula BMW World Final and in his second appeareing, he was 8th.
Journey through the various competitions
The Champ Car Atlantic Series was the next stop in Robert’s career. During the season of 2007, he won one race and had other three podium finishes what was enough for the 3rd place in the final standings. Later in the season, he had four starts in Formula Renault 3.5 Series driving for Carlin Motorsport and also debuted in A1 Grand Prix, scoring one win and finishing 9th overall.
Driving in Champ Car Atlantic Series, 2007
In 2008, Wickens moved to Europe and combined his duties in two competitions. Driving for Carlin Motorsport in Formula Renault 3.5 Series, Robert finished 12th in the final standings, with one race win on his account, while in Formula 3 Euroseries, driving for Signature-Plus team, Rob finished 15th, again with one race win.
2009 Formula 2 World Championship runner-up
The Formula 2 World championship was revamped in 2009 and Wickens was the only North American driver in the series. His results were good and the Canadian driver finished the season as a vice-champion driving for Motorsport Vision. Wickens scored two wins and had a total of six podiums, but at the end, he was 51 points short in the championship battle, losing to Andy Soucek.
In 2009, Wickens competed in the FIA Formula 2 World Championship
The same year Wickens also appeared as a guest in the British Formula 3, Formula 3 Euroseries, and Atlantic Championship, but failed to score notable results. However, he was ready for the new challenge in the following campaign.
Wickens was 2010 GP3 Series vice-champion
Driving for Status Grand Prix in 2010 GP3 Series, Wickens again was a vice-champion, this time losing to Esteban Gutierrez by 17 points. Robert won the races at Hockenheim, Spa, and Monza and finished 2nd at Catalunya, Valencia, Hungaroring, and Monza. That results weren’t unnoticed and many Formula 1 teams were interested in signing him, especially after Robert was the only North American potential rookie driver with the FIA super licence.
Robert Wickens, Status Grand Prix, GP3 Series, 2010
Robert Wickens won Formula Renault 3.5 Series title in 2011
Finally, in 2011 Wickens became a test and reserve driver for Marussia Virgin Racing F1 team but never got an opportunity to race. Nevertheless, that year was really good for the Canadian as he won Formula Renault 3.5 Series driving for Carlin Motorsport. In the very tight season, Wickens grabbed the crown beating his teammate Jean-Eric Vergne by 9 points. He had five race wins that year – at Spa, Nurburgring, Catalunya and twice at Silverstone.
Robert Wickens, Formula Renault 3.5 Series champion in 2011
Signing with Mercedes
That was Rob’s final season in the open-wheel racing. In 2012, he became a member of revived Mercedes-Benz Junior Team, alongside Roberto Merhi and Christian Vietoris. The three raced in DTM that season and were tutored by seven-time Formula 1 World champion Michael Schumacher. The first year in the new competition was relatively hard for Wickens who managed to collect points in only three races and finished 16th in the Drivers’ championship.
Mercedes juniors - Vietoris, Wickens and Merhi
First DTM win scored in 2013 at Nurburgring
The season of 2013 was much better. Wickens scored his maiden victory at Nurburgring, finished 2nd at Norisring and 3rd at Brands Hatch before taking 5th place overall with 70 points. In the following season, Robert won the race at Norisring but that was his only top 3 result, so he dropped to the 12th place overall.
Robert Wickens, DTM Mercedes
Wickens finished 13th in 2015 DTM, again after an excellent weekend at Norisring which became his favorite track. Robert finished 2nd in the first race and won the second one. Unfortunately, he picked points in only three other races what wasn’t a surprise knowing that most of the Mercedes drivers struggled that year.
DTM title contender in 2016
In 2016, his fifth campaign in DTM, Wickens established himself as one of the Mercedes’ leading drivers and title contenders. For the first time, he managed to score more than one race win after being the fastest at Zandvoort and Moscow Raceway.
After victory at Norisring
At the end of the season Canadian driver was 4th in the standings and the best of all Mercedes-AMG drivers. He will stay with Mercedes in 2017 DTM season.