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Charles Pic

Charles Pic (FRA) Marussia F1 Team.
Formula One World Championship, Rd11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Budapest, Hungary, Saturday, 28 July 2012 Charles Pic (FRA) Tech 1 Racing World Series By Renault, Rd4, Silverstone, England. 6 June 2008 Charles Pic (FRA) Renault Development driver Formula One Testing, Day Two, Autodromo Algarve, Portimao, Portugal, Monday 19 January 2009. Charles Pic (FRA) Arden International celebrates his third position on the podium. GP2 Series, Rd 6, Race 1, Hockenheim, Germany, Saturday 24 July 2010 Charles Pic (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR01.
Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Practice, Barcelona, Spain, Friday, 11 May 2012

Born in south-eastern France in 1990, Charles Pic’s interest in motor racing began at an early age, thanks in no small part to his godfather, former Formula One driver Eric Bernard, who bought Pic his first kart. Soon after the French youngster began racing his present competitively and, aged 12, he joined the French ‘Minimes’ category in 2002.

A year later he moved up to the Junior category and performed well enough to qualify for the final stages of the European championships. In 2004 he raced in the French championship and finished third before competing for a full season in the European championship in 2005, coming third overall.

In 2006, and now a signed-up member of the FFSA young driver scheme, he made his single-seater debut in the French Formula Campus championship. Despite his inexperience, Pic excelled in the series, scoring two wins , six further podiums and two pole positions. He then moved to the hotly-contested Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup in 2007 and won his first international single-seater race at the German round. Another five podium finishes saw him finish the year third overall.

The following season Pic moved up to the World Series by Renault FR 3.5 championship after a brief test with the Tech 1 Racing team. He performed admirably once again, winning twice and finishing sixth in the standings. He stayed for a second season in 2009 and once again won two races to finish the year third. He also found time to drive in the GP2 Asia Series, winning once for Arden.

He stepped up to the main GP2 series in 2010, again with Arden, claiming one victory and one pole position. The following year he remained in GP2, finishing fourth in the championship after securing two race wins, five podiums and three pole positions. He was then invited by Virgin to sample an F1 car for the first time at the young driver test held in Abu Dhabi in November.

After acquitting himself well in the MVR-02, the team decided to take a punt on the young Frenchman and signed him to replace Jerome D’Ambrosio alongside Timo Glock in their 2012 line-up. It turned out to be a good idea. Whilst Pic wasn’t able to help the team win that elusive first point, he did perform admirably against the more experienced Glock, out-qualifying him six times and equalling the German’s season-best 12th place. All in all it was a promising start and one that Marussia rivals Caterham snap him up for 2013 onwards.