Michael Ammermuller

Born:
14th February 1986 (Age 33)
Pocking, Bavaria
Nationality:
German
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Michael Ammermüller stood on the cusp of a Formula 1 career after just two seasons in the sport but that final step proved elusive. Instead, he has forged a career as a championship winning driver in the one-make Porsche Supercup.

Early racing career

Successful in karting, he made his motor racing debut in Formula Renault during 2004 when third in the German series for Jenzer Motorsport. He ran in both European and Italian championships a year later – scoring nine wins and finishing as runner-up in both.

Backed by Red Bull, the German jumped straight into the 2006 GP2 Series with Arden International. He benefited from the reverse grid rules to win at Valencia on the opening weekend of the season and finished Imola’s feature race in second position. But he did not score as heavily again and slipped to 11th in the final standings.

Formula 1 reserve with Red Bull Racing

Ammermüller was Red Bull Racing’s "Friday test driver" for the Chinese, Japanese and Brazilian Grands Prix that year and remained with the team as fulltime reserve in 2007. He also raced in GP2 with reigning champions ART Grand Prix but was replaced after failing to recover sufficiently from a broken wrist sustained at the opening round in Bahrain.

When Sebastian Vettel was promoted to F1 with Scuderia Toro Rosso, Ammermüller returned in Carlin Motorsport’s Formula Renault 3.5 team as his replacement – fifth and sixth at Donington Park the highlights. He also represented his country in A1GP the following winter but suffered three different accidents in race one in Malaysia and crashed again in the feature. He won from pole position at Zhuhai but it was not enough to reawaken F1 ambitions.

A future in GTs and Porsche Supercup

Ammermüller was third in the 2008 Formula Master Series before switching to national GTs and the Porsche Supercup. A winner during the 2011 German series, he was second in the following year’s Nürburgring 24 Hours for Mamerow Racing and Audi.

He made his Porsche Supercup debut in 2012 with the Lechner Racing Team and he remains with the team today. He was third overall for three seasons in a row from 2013, winning twice during that time. Now the most experienced driver in the field, Ammermüller won four times during 2017 to clinch the championship for the first time. He won the opening race in 2018 and he held off Nick Yelloly’s challenge to successfully defend the title despite not winning again.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
2018 Porsche Supercup 1st -
2017 Porsche Supercup 1st -
2008/2009 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport
GU Racing
4 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
2007/2008 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport
DSM
14 1 1 1
8% win rate
41
2007 GP2 Series
ART Grand Prix
6 0 0 0
0% win rate
26th 1
2007 World Series by Renault
Carlin Motorsport
6 1 0 0
0% win rate
22nd 12
2006 F1 World Championship
Red Bull Racing
0 (3) 0 0 0 0
2006 GP2 Series
Arden International
21 0 3 1
5% win rate
11th 25