Filipe AlbuquerqueBirth Date -
Coimbra, 13/06/1985Height -
1.74 mWeight -
65 kgHobbies -
Tennis, Padel, Cycling, BTT, Ski, Wakeboard, RC Cars, Simulators
Filipe Albuquerque (13.06.1985) is the youngest of three brothers. His passion for racing started in 1993, when his father Henrique decided to take Filipe (who was only eight years old) and his older brother, Tiago, to the go-kart track in Batalha to experience the adrenaline of karting. The result could not have been better and his father decided to invest in two karts, one for himself and another one for his boys. Since that day weekends were spent in go-kart tracks.
In 1995 Filipe and Tiago participated for the first time in a competition of the Leiria Trophy – his brother Tiago won the race and Filipe took the third place. From that day onwards both started participating in every competition of that Trophy.
The following year Filipe joined the National Karting Championship, in the Cadet category. In 1998 he became the National Vice-Champion and also won the Cup of Portugal in the Beginners category.
It was at this time that Filipe Albuquerque met the brothers Nuno Couceiro and Pedro Couceiro, coming to join, in 1999, the Couceiro Junior Team, in his very first participation in the National Karting Championship – Junior Category, gaining more experience in karting competitions.
In 2001 Filipe moved up to Category Intercontinental A (ICA) and in 2002 he went to Italy to compete in the team owned by Nuno Couceiro and Danilo Rossi (five time World Karting Champion) racing against some of the best drivers at that time in the European Championship and in the Italian Open. That year he finished second place in both competitions.
In 2003 Filipe became a factory driver for the prestigious karts manufacturer CRG and took the same status within Dunlop.
In 2005, now with ten years of experience, he moved to single seaters joining the Red Bull Junior Team, a worldwide project aimed to train young talents for a promising future in racing, namely in Formula 1. That same year, the first season out of karting, Filipe participated in three championships simultaneously: Spanish Formula 3 (sixth place), Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (fifth place) and German Formula Renault 2.0 (third place). In all three championships Filipe was the best rookie.
In 2006 with the age of 21 and under the umbrella of the Red Bull Junior Team, Filipe won the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup and the Northern European Cup, becoming recognized almost everywhere in Europe. The sports magazine Autosport awarded him with the Award for Best Portuguese Driver of the Year and he was also elected the best driver of the Red Bull Junior Team that was at that time composed by 18 highly talented international drivers.
With these achievements, Red Bull reinforced its support and in 2007 Filipe started racing in the World Series by Renault, ending that season in fourth place overall, proving once more to be the best rookie. That year Filipe was invited by Red Bull to perform F1 show demonstrations in several countries such as Venezuela, Colombia and Estonia. On the day he turned 22 years-old Filipe made his first F1 official test for the Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team. He also competed in two rounds of the GP2 Series, a championship considered one of the antechambers of F1.
Later, in 2008, he joined the A1GP under the colors of the Portuguese flag and participated in the last three races of the season. In his race debut in the competition, he took the third place. In 2009, Filipe remained in the championship and ended the season in third place.
That same year he was invited by Audi Italy to take part in the Superstars Championship races in Portimão – his debut in touring cars. In both races he went to the podium. Following this sucessful result Audi Italy invited Filipe to participate in the final two rounds of the Italian GT Championship winning its last race.
In 2010 Albuquerque became an official driver of Audi Italy and raced in the GT3 Italian Championship, finishing 2nd and accomplishing nine podiums throughout the year. He also won the Race of Champions, having beated the former F1 World Champion Sébastian Vettel and the Hepta-World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb, an admirable success never before achieved by a Portuguese driver.
In 2011 Filipe became an Audi factory driver and started his journey in the German Touring Car Championship (DTM), making history by becoming the first Portuguese driver reaching the podium and finishing second place in the race held in Valencia. Simultaneously he raced in the Blancpain Endurance Series, concluding in third place overall after several podiums.
In 2012 he continued racing in DTM and ended the season in 11th place.
In 2013 Filipe continued in DTM. In January of that year he was invited by Audi to compete for his first time in the 24 hours of Daytona, ending up winning this iconic event in the GTD class.
In the beginning of 2014 Albuquerque moved to the Audi LMP project participating in the mythical 24h of Le Mans. Unfortunately he did not finish the race. Filipe also competed in the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) finishing 2nd.
In 2015 he remained in both projects. In Le Mans at his 14th lap in the race Filipe beated the lap record set up back in 1971. This achievement was later in the race taken by two tenths. He finished 7th after a hybrid problem in the car while he was running 2nd. In the ELMS he finished 3rd although he was leading the championship up until the very last round.