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Gianmaria Bruni

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Gianmaria Bruni
Nationality 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Italian
Years 2003-2004
Team(s) Minardi
Races 18
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Points 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 2004 Australian Grand Prix
First win
Last win
Last race 2004 Brazilian Grand Prix


Gianmaria "Gimmi" Bruni (born May 30, 1981 in Rome) is an Italian racing driver who in 2004 drove in Formula One with the Minardi team, and is now racing in the F1-supporting GP2 Series.

At age ten Bruni lied about his age (twelve was the minimum age for competition) to the director of La Pista d'Oro, a kart racetrack in Rome, in order to begin an amateur karting career.

His first experience racing cars was in Italian Formula Renault Campus in 1997; he won the title in 1998 and moved on to European Formula Renault 2.0. He won the European title in 1999 and moved on to British Formula 3, where he came fifth in 2000 and fourth in 2001. After racing in various similar European series like the Euro Formula 3000, he caught the attention of Minardi, for whom he tested in 2003; the biggest struggle of his career, however, was finding enough sponsorship to compete for Minardi in 2004.

Bruni did, in fact, join Minardi for the 2004 Formula One season, though he struggled in a car which was considerably less developed than the rest of the grid. He was one of only two drivers to contest the majority of the season without scoring any World Championship points.

In 2005, Bruni competed in the GP2 Series, a single-seater championship which is part of the F1 support package and which is intended to be its feeder series. He won his first GP2 race in Barcelona on the 7 May. Bruni left the Coloni GP2 team in September, just before the races at Monza. Joining up with the Durango team, Bruni started on pole position for the next event at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.

Bruni competed in the 2006 GP2 Series for the new Trident Racing team. He won two races for the team, the feature race at Imola and the feature race at Hockenheim.

For 2007, he switched to the sportscar racing as he joined the FIA GT Championship with Team AF Corse MOTOROLA in a Ferrari 430 GT3. He and his teammate Stéphane Ortelli finnished the season 2nd in the GT2 class with 3 wins.

Complete Formula One results

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 WDC Points
2003 European Minardi Cosworth Minardi PS03 Cosworth V10 AUS
MAL
BRA
SMR
ESP
AUT
MON
CAN
EUR
FRA
GBR
GER
TD
HUN
TD
ITA
TD
USA
TD
JPN
TD
- -
2004 Minardi Cosworth Minardi PS04B Cosworth V10 AUS
Ret
MAL
14
BHR
17
SMR
Ret
ESP
Ret
MON
Ret
EUR
14
CAN
Ret
USA
Ret
FRA
18
GBR
16
GER
17
HUN
14
BEL
Ret
ITA
Ret
CHN
Ret
JPN
16
BRA
17
25th 0


GP2 Series Record

Season Team Name No. Races Poles Wins Points Final Placing
2005 Coloni Motorsport
Durango
17
25
17
4
1
1
1
0
33
2
10th
2006 Trident Racing 26 21 2 2 33 7th