British racing driver and analyst for the Sky Sports F1 HD television channel.
Anthony Davidson began kart racing in 1987, competing in various British, European and North American championships, winning three British championships, one Italian championship and was runner-up in the Formula A European championship in 1996.
In 1999, he moved to single seater cars, racing Formula Fords and winning the 1600 cc Kent engine class of the British Formula Ford festival and, in the following year, won the blue riband Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch and scooped the McLaren/Autosport Young Driver of the Year Award.
Davidson became the test driver for the British American Racing (BAR) Formula One team for the 2001 season. The following season Davidson started two races for the small Minardi team, temporarily replacing regular driver Alex Yoong. Davidson’s qualifying times were within 0.6s of teammate Mark Webber at his two starts in Hungary and Belgium.
Having previously done some radio commentary work for BBC Radio 5 Live, in 2006 he made his debut as a television commentator, standing in for the absent Martin Brundle for ITV Sport at the Hungarian Grand Prix, which was won by Jenson Button and the Honda team.
Anthony became a regular Formula One driver for the first time in 2006 when Super Aguri confirmed that Davidson would partner Takuma Sato for the 2007 Formula One season.
Davidson raced for the Aston Martin Racing team in the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans, alongside Darren Turner and Jos Verstappen. Following Le Mans, Davidson raced at the 2010 6 Hours of Silverstone with Nicolas Minassian and secured victory for Peugeot Sport. In October 2010, Davidson secured pole position at Petit Le Mans, and went on to finish second with team-mates Alex Wurz and Marc Gené.
In 2011, racing the 908 for Peugeot Sport, Davidson along with Wurz and Gené, won the 6 Hours of Spa, and finished 4th at the Le Mans 24 Hours.
In 2013, Davidson continued driving with Toyota for a full season and ended with third place in the drivers’ championship. For the 2014 season, he drove Toyota’s new car Toyota TS040 Hybrid, winning 4 races, and became 2014 World Endurance Drivers’ Champion with Sébastien Buemi.
Davidson has been working as an advisor for Codemasters since 2009 with F1 2009, and F1 2010 which was released in September 2010. His helmet design is available to select for the user’s driver in the game. He later worked with Codemasters-Birmingham on F1 2011 and F1 2012.
He has since been heard as a co-commentator on selected Grands Prix for BBC Radio 5 Live. This became permanent on 13 February 2009, when it was announced he would commentate alongside David Croft for the 2009 season. Davidson has continued in the role through 2010 into 2011, as the BBC decided on an unchanged lineup for its radio Formula One coverage. On 7 December 2011, Sky Sports announced that Anthony Davidson would join its British team as an analyst for race weekends, and would be commentating on practice sessions from the 2012 season.