Ma Qinghua

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Ma Qinghua
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Nationality Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Chinese
Born (1987-12-25) 25 December 1987 (age 33)
Shanghai, China
World Touring Car Championship career
Debut season 2014
Current team Sébastien Loeb Racing
Car number30
Former teams Citroën Total WTCC
Starts36
Wins2
Poles0
Fastest laps2
Best finish4th in 2015
Formula E career
Debut season 2015–16
Car number33
Former teams Techeetah, Team Aguri, NIO 333 FE Team
Starts14
Championships0
Wins0
Poles0
Fastest laps0
Best finish19th in 2015–16
Finished last season23rd
Previous series
2013
2011–12
2010
2009
2008
2006
2006
2005–06
2005
GP2 Series
CTCC
Superleague Formula
British F3 Championship
Spanish F3 Championship
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
A1 Grand Prix
Italian Formula 3000
Championship titles
2011
2020
CTCC 1600cc
TCR China Touring Car Championship
Citroen-Total C-Elysee WTCC 2014 Citroen C-Elysee WTCC - Mondial de l'Automobile de Paris 2014 - 001.jpg
Citroën-Total C-Elysée WTCC 2014

Ma Qinghua (simplified Chinese :马青骅; traditional Chinese :馬青驊) (born 25 December 1987 in Shanghai) is a Chinese racing driver who currently competes in the TCR China Touring Car Championship with Shell Teamwork Lynk & Co Motorsport.

Contents

Ma became the first Chinese driver to win an FIA World Championship race when he won race two of the 2014 FIA WTCC Race of Russia. [1] He has also previously competed in the World Touring Car Championship, GP2, a few practice sessions in Formula 1, and Formula E.

Career

Ma started his professional racing career in the 2005 Asian Formula Renault challenge with Asia Racing Team for 6 races coming 16th with the highest finish of 5th. He also competed in one race in the 2005 Italian Formula 3000 championship for team Astromega and raced in the 2006 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC championship for the same team. He also raced in the inaugural A1 Grand Prix season for Team China at the A1 Grand Prix of Nations, China at the Shanghai International Circuit, coming 17th. For the next few years he raced in European Formula 3 championships like the 2008 Spanish Formula 3 Championship and 2009 British Formula 3 championship. He then competed in the 2010 Superleague Formula in the 2010 Ordos Superleague Formula round for Team China and a year later won the China Touring Car Championship's 1600c class driver's title.

Formula One

2012

Ma was added to the HRT F1 driver development programme on 5 April 2012, [2] and made history as the first China-born driver to drive a Formula One car at an FIA-sanctioned event, a milestone described as "heralding an important step for Chinese motorsport". [3] [4] Ma also became the first driver of Chinese nationality to take part in a Grand Prix weekend when he replaced Narain Karthikeyan in the first Friday practice session of the Italian Grand Prix. [5] He was given three more chances to drive the car in Friday sessions later that year.

2013

After HRT collapsed at the end of the 2012 season, Ma moved to Caterham, continuing the role of Friday test driver whilst racing for their GP2 Series team for the season. [6] In 2013 Chinese Grand Prix, he replaced Charles Pic to participate in the Free Practice 1 and became the first Chinese driver to drive in home Grand Prix session, but he was about 1.5 seconds off the pace to his teammate Giedo van der Garde and out of the 107% reference time to the quickest driver in Free Practice 1. Soon after the 2013 Chinese Grand Prix, Caterham team claimed that he would be replaced by Alexander Rossi for the rest of the 2013 season. In the 2013 Bahrain GP2 Series round, Alexander Rossi made his debut GP2 Series race and took a podium finish.

GP2

He made his debut GP2 Series race in 2013 Sepang GP2 Series round. [7] Later in the final stint, his lap time dropped to more than 2 minutes in every lap and finished only 21st in featured race, which is the last place in classified drivers. Later he was diagnosed with gastroenteritis leading to extreme dehydration by the medical team on track at Sepang and would not start the sprint race. [8]

World Touring Car Championship

Ma raced in the 2013 World Touring Car Championship for Citroën Total WTCC driving at selected rounds in the fourth car. [9] He won the second round of the Race of Russia, becoming the first Chinese driver to win an FIA World Championship race, [10] and scored the fastest lap at the first round of the Race of China, Shanghai, ultimately coming 13th in the championship. He was given a full time seat for 2015 and won the second round of the Race of Portugal and finish 4th in the drivers championship. Despite this, he was not retained for 2016.

Formula E

In 2016, Ma replaced Salvador Duran in the 2015-16 Formula E season for Team Aguri. He retired from his first ePrix but finished the last 3 races, albeit out of the points. In the next season, Ma was signed by TeCheetah but was replaced by former Haas F1 driver Esteban Gutiérrez following a disappointing series of performances in the first three races of the season. [11]

Ma returned to Formula E in 2017 with the NIO Formula E Team for the Paris ePrix replacing Luca Filippi in a one off appearance and again in the New York ePrix replacing Oliver Turvey who was injured. He returned in 2019 to race for the NIO 333 FE Team alongside Turvey. [12] He was replaced by Daniel Abt for the Berlin rounds as travel restrictions disallowed him from traveling outside China. [13] He was not renewed for the 2020-21 Formula E World Championship by NIO 333.

TCR China

Ma competed in the 2020 TCR China series in a Geely Group Motorsport-built Lynk & Co 03 TCR. He has signed for Shell Teamwork Lynk & Co Motorsport and will partner Lu Wei in the six-event series. [14] On 21 November 2020, at the Guia Race of Macau, Ma finished second in the qualifying race of the 2020 TCR China Touring Car Championship season finale, securing the drivers’ title. [15]

Career summary

SeasonSeriesTeamRacesWinsPolesF/LapsPodiumsPointsPosition
2005 Asian Formula Renault Challenge Shangsai FRD Team400003516th
Asian Racing Team20000
Italian Formula 3000 Team Astromega 100000NC
2005–06 A1 Grand Prix A1 Team China 20000622nd
2006 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC Team Astromega 600003326th
2008 Spanish Formula 3 Championship Team West-Tec 110000018th
Formula 3 Spain Copa de España 110002247th
2009 British Formula 3 Championship – National Class Team West-Tec 200001010th
2010 Superleague Formula Team China 200001926th
2011 China Touring Car Championship - 1600cc ClassBeijing Hyundai 834 ? ?1161st
2012 Formula One HRT Formula 1 Team Test driver
2013 GP2 Series Caterham Racing 10000  
Formula One Caterham F1 Team Test driver
2014 World Touring Car Championship Citroën Total WTCC 1010126913th
2015 World Touring Car Championship Citroën Total WTCC 2410162414th
2015-16 Formula E Team Aguri 40000019th
2016–17 Formula E Techeetah 30000025th
2017 World Touring Car Championship Sébastien Loeb Racing 20010021st
TCR China Touring Car Championship TeamWork Motorsport 100113615th
TCR Asia Series 200000NC†
2017–18 Formula E NIO Formula E Team 20000023rd
2018 World Touring Car Cup Boutsen Ginion Racing 80000730th
World Rallycross Championship STARD 10000037th
2019 World Touring Car Cup Team Mulsanne 30101413316th
2019-20 Formula E NIO 333 FE Team 50000028th
2020 TCR China Touring Car Championship Shell Teamwork Lynk & Co Motorsport 1241681541st
2021 TCR Asia Series Shell Teamwork Lynk & Co Motorsport 22112551st*
TCR China Touring Car Championship 200000NC†

As Ma was a guest driver, he was ineligible for points.
Team point score.
* Season still in progress.

Complete Formula One participations

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicates fastest lap)

YearEntrantChassisEngine1234567891011121314151617181920WDC Points
2012 HRT Formula 1 Team HRT F112 Cosworth CA2012 2.4 V8 AUS MAL CHN BHR ESP MON CAN EUR GBR GER HUN BEL ITA
TD
SIN
TD
JPN KOR IND ABU
TD
USA
TD
BRA --
2013 Caterham F1 Team Caterham CT03 Renault RS27-2013 2.4 V8 AUS MAL CHN
TD
BHR ESP MON CAN GBR GER HUN BEL ITA SIN KOR JPN IND ABU USA BRA --

Complete World Touring Car Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

YearTeamCar123456789101112131415161718192021222324DCPoints
2014 Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC MAR
1
MAR
2
FRA
1
FRA
2
HUN
1
HUN
2
SVK
1
SVK
2
AUT
1
AUT
2
RUS
1

6
RUS
2

1
BEL
1

11
BEL
2

Ret
ARG
1
ARG
2
BEI
1

15†
BEI
2

12
CHN
1

2
CHN
2

5
JPN
1
JPN
2
MAC
1

8
MAC
2

Ret
13th69
2015 Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC ARG
1

7
ARG
2

6
MAR
1

2
MAR
2

10
HUN
1

4
HUN
2

9
GER
1

5
GER
2

Ret
RUS
1

5
RUS
2

5
SVK
1

Ret
SVK
2

Ret
FRA
1

4
FRA
2

3
POR
1

6
POR
2

1
JPN
1

4
JPN
2

5
CHN
1

10†
CHN
2

8
THA
1

3
THA
2

2
QAT
1

5
QAT
2

2
4th241
2017 Sébastien Loeb Racing Citroën C-Elysée WTCC MAR
1
MAR
2
ITA
1
ITA
2
HUN
1
HUN
2
GER
1
GER
2
POR
1
POR
2
ARG
1
ARG
2
CHN
1
CHN
2
JPN
1
JPN
2
MAC
1

14
MAC
2

12
QAT
1
QAT
2
21st0

Driver did not finish the race, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance.

Complete Formula E results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

YearTeamChassisPowertrain1234567891011121314PosPoints
2015–16 Team Aguri Spark SRT01-e SRT01-e BEI PUT PDE BUE MEX LBH PAR
Ret
BER
14
LDN
11
LDN
12
19th0
2016–17 Techeetah Spark SRT01-e Renault Z.E. 16 HKG
Ret
MRK
15
BUE
16
MEX MCO PAR BER BER NYC NYC MTL MTL 25th0
2017–18 NIO Formula E Team Spark SRT01-e NextEV NIO Sport 003 HKG HKG MRK SCL MEX PDE RME PAR
17
BER ZUR NYC NYC
13
23rd0
2019–20 NIO 333 FE Team Spark SRT05e NIO FE-005 DIR
20
DIR
19
SCL
16
MEX
Ret
MRK
23
BER BER BER BER BER BER 28th0

Complete TCR China Touring Car Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

YearTeamCar123456789101112131415DCPoints
2017 Teamwork Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR SHA1
1

SHA1
2

SHA1
3

SHA2
1

SHA2
2

SHA2
3

2
ZHE
1

ZHE
2

ZHE
3

NIN
1

NIN
2

NIN
3

GUA
1

GUA
2

GUA
3

15th36
2020 Shell Teamwork Lynk & Co Motorsport Lynk & Co 03 TCR ZHU1
1

1
ZHU1
2

1
ZHU2
1

1
ZHU2
2

2
SHA
1

1
SHA
2

2
JIA1
1

2
JIA1
2

4
JIA2
1

Ret
JIA2
2

5
MAC
1

2
MAC
2

Ret
1st154

Complete World Touring Car Cup results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

YearTeamCar123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930DCPoints
2018 Boutsen Ginion Racing Honda Civic Type R TCR MAR
1
MAR
2
MAR
3
HUN
1
HUN
2
HUN
3
GER
1
GER
2
GER
3
NED
1
NED
2
NED
3
POR
1
POR
2
POR
3
SVK
1
SVK
2
SVK
3
CHN
1

19
CHN
2

17
CHN
3

DNS
WUH
1

11
WUH
2

12
WUH
3

7
JPN
1
JPN
2
JPN
3
MAC
1

Ret
MAC
2

13
MAC
3

11
30th7
2019 Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR MAR
1

Ret
MAR
2

Ret
MAR
3

9
HUN
1

25
HUN
2

11
HUN
3

19
SVK
1

2
SVK
2

9
SVK
3

1
NED
1

21
NED
2

25
NED
3

21
GER
1

21
GER
2

22
GER
3

15
POR
1

14
POR
2

2
POR
3

8
CHN
1

2
CHN
2

Ret
CHN
3

16†
JPN
1

9
JPN
2

23
JPN
3

Ret
MAC
1

Ret
MAC
2

17
MAC
3

22
MAL
1

18
MAL
2

17
MAL
3

23
16th133

Driver did not finish the race, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance.

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