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13/01/2018

 

Biography

 

Anthony made his karting debut in 1987 at the age of eight.

He enjoyed a successful karting career, and has the honour of being the most successful British Karter of the 1990s having won the British Junior title in 1994 and 1995 and various other International titles over the next four years.

2000 saw Anthony's first full season of car racing. He triumphed in the prestigious Formula Ford Festival and was awarded the Autosport/McLaren Young Driver of The Year prize as well as securing a test drive with BAR.

Anthony partnered Takuma Sato in the 2001 British F3 championship, winning six races to end the season just behind his triumphant team-mate and opted not to race in 2002 in order to concentrate on his Formula One testing duties.

Davidson's big break finally came in August 2002 when he was drafted in by Minardi to replace Alex Yoong in the Hungarian and Belgian rounds of the World Championship.

The young Englishman out-paced his respected teammate Mark Webber during his first ever F1 practice sessions but was unfortunate to spin out of both races.

That said. he impressed race fans and F1 insiders alike with his down-to-earth attitude and his ability to learn circuits and give his engineers good feedback.

In 2004, Davidson was stunning, sadly few of us got to see his performances.

As test, and reserve, driver for BAR, the youngster only really got the opportunity to show his skills during testing and on Grand Prix Fridays. Though he usually dominated the Friday sessions, often out-pacing the established Grand Prix stars, it meant little in the greater scheme of things.

Had Jenson Button moved to WilliamsF1, it is quite possible that Anthony would have taken his place alongside Takuma Sato, however it never happened. Instead, 2005 saw Anthony remain with BAR, and even though (pre-season) he was linked with a number of drives, it was another year of testing, leaving the youngster and his fans wondering if we would ever see him racing in F1 again.

As it happens, we didn't have to wait too long to see 'Ant' back in the cockpit, for when Takuma Sato was taken ill on the Friday evening of the Malaysia Grand Prix, 'understudy' Davidson was brought in. It was all very last-minute, with the Englishman only having the two 45-minute Saturday sessions to acclimatise himself before taking part in qualifying, however, he did remarkably well to qualify fifteenth, just six places behind teammate Jenson Button.

Sadly, his race lasted just two laps before his engine gave out - as did Button's. For Anthony, it was over almost before it had begun.

As the year progressed, attention turned to Anthony's plans for 2006, though one British magazine - and its website - regularly had him having seat fittings for one or more of the 'precarious' 2005 drives.

When the dust had finally settled, there was no Midland drive, nor WilliamsF1 or Super Aguri, and consequently the 26-year-old spent another season at Brackley, though at least he had the opportunity to take part in some of the Friday free practice sessions.

It looked as though 2007 would be another year spent on the 'substitutes bench', but then came the call from Super Aguri and the opportunity to work with his former F3 teammate, Takuma Sato. In reality, one of the main reasons that Anthony got the Super Aguri drive was that he retained his close ties to Honda, and working on the SA07, effectively the RA106, would allow him to feed back data to the Brackley team.

Despite a lack of racing over the previous few years, and continuing questions as to his race fitness, Anthony used the opportunity given to him in 2007 to full effect. While he was never to score a point for the Leafield outfit, his performances, particularly in qualifying, where he out-performed his teammate 10-7, were a clear indicator that given the right equipment he could fight for points.

Despite suffering the lion's share of reliability issues, and the odd dose of bad luck - who else found themselves eliminated by a Groundhog? - Anthony kept his head down and got on with the job. However, like his teammate, he found himself up against it in the latter stages of the season as the money began to run out and the team found itself unable to continue developing the car.

With a week to go before the start of the 2008 season, despite its assurance that it would be on the grid in Melbourne, there remained serious doubts regarding the future of Super Aguri.

To everyone's surprise, the popular Japanese outfit was on the grid in Melbourne, however, just four races into the championship Honda pulled the plug. Ironically, just a couple of months later the Japanese manufacturer pulled the plug on its own F1 operation.

Of those 4 races, Anthony only completed two of them, his best result being 15th in Malaysia.

Out of a job with Super Aguri, Anthony retained his test role with Honda, indeed, he remained as test driver with Brawn once the Brackley outfit was sold however, the new testing rules meant his F1 outings were few and far between.

In 2009, with no sign of an F1 race seat, Anthony contested the Le Mans 24-hour Race with Jos Verstappen and Darren Turner, the trio finishing 13th overall in their Lola-Aston Martin.

The Englishman was also recruited by the BBC as part of its commentary team though it was always clear - sometimes to an annoying degree - where he would rather be.

In 2010, Anthony continued his role with the BBC, finding time to return to Le Mans with Peugeot and also contesting rounds of the Le Mans series and its US counterpart.

In 2011 his schedule was pretty much the same, the Englishman partnering Alex Wurz and Marc Gene to victory at Spa and Sebastien Bourdais at Spa.

He was also appointed test driver at Mercedes, however, other than a couple of straight-line tests Anthony never got any serious mileage in the WO2.

For 2012, Davidson is one of a number of members of the BBC crew jumping ship to join Sky Sports.

Statistics - At the end of the 2008 season

Drivers' Titles: 0
Seasons in F1: 3
Grand Prix: 38
Wins: 0
Points: 0
Poles: 0
Fastest Laps: 0

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