On Charles Pic’s 22nd birthday, Ben Sweeney’s F1 Blog looks back on his rise through the feeder series. Usually on a drivers birthday, we write an article on their F1 career such as Jenson Button or Rubens Barrichelllo, but hopefully next year we can write a new article about Pic in F1 and his hugely successful 1st season! Enjoy.
Charles Pic was born on 15 February 1990 in Montélimar, France. He is the brother of Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 driver Arthur Pic.
Charles had a successful run in Karting with him winning some races and minor championships. He came close to winning the European Championship ICA Junior.
In 2006, Pic raced in the Formula Renault campus. He finished 3rd overall. Pic raced in the Championnat de France Formula Renault 2.0 (Where he finished 4th) and the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (Where he finished 3rd) in 2007.
In early 2008, he was signed to Formula Renault 3.5 team Tech 1 racing where he raced alongside fellow french-man Julien Jousse. Pic finished the season in 6th place with 69 points and two wins, Le Mans and an amazing performance at Monaco where he dominated the whole weekend.
He stayed with Tech 1 for 2008 and also joined the Renault Driver Development programme. He had a slow start to 2008 with a retirement in the first race but he recovered and secured two race wins, at Silverstone and Nurburgring. Pic finished 2009 3rd overall with 94 points.
In 2009, Pic graduated to GP2 Asia with Arden International, stayed with them for two years and continued with the team into the 2010 GP2 Series season. Pic claimed his first victory for the team, winning the sprint race of the first Bahrain round and also won the first race of the main 2010 season at the Circuit de Catalunya. He finished tenth overall with 28 points.
For 2011, Pic moved to Barwa Addex team where he partnered dutch Giedo Van Der Garde, who is Caterham’s reserve driver for 2012. He didn’t score points in the Asia series but he scored a main series win at Catalunya, leading home team mate Garde for a 1-2 for the team. He won in Monaco which moved him up to 3rd place in the championship. He qualified on pole for Valencia but retired from both races and dropped back in the championship. He finished the season in fourth place with 52 points, 3 points ahead of Garde.
In November 2011, He took part in the young driver test at Abu Dhabi for Marussia Virgin racing. After the 2011 Brazilian Grand Prix (Which ended the F1 season) It was announced that Pic would replace Belgian rookie Jerome d’Ambrosio for the 2012 season. He will drive the number 25 car and partner German Timo Glock.