There aren’t any Frenchmen around in Formula One anymore, but they’re hanging on the edges. GP2 has four, and one of those is today’s birthday boy Charles Pic (GP2 profile), who is 21 today.
Just one day younger than Caldarelli, his publicity team has given him a much more elaborate Wikipedia page for me to find out about him. Beginning in karting, his real racing career began in 2006 aged 16 for Formula Renault Campus France, in which he came third.
2007 brought him into the real leagues, with Eurocup and French Formula Renault 2.0. Competing in both series for the same team – French SG Formula – he had one victory in the Eurocup and five other podiums to finish third (ahead of Jaime Alguersuari) with 88 points. In the French formula, he finished fourth with four podiums and 69 points.
2008 moved him on to Formula Renault 3.5 and Tech 1 Racing, a French team. The rookie finished a brilliant sixth with two wins and two other podiums and 69 points altogether. Several of his current GP2 rivals also competed. In 2009 he continued in the series with the same team, for one round even having Daniel Ricciardo as his teammate, and also at one point competing against Jaime Alguersuari (the Spaniard seems to crop up everywhere against the GP2 guys, but this was his last season outside of F1). He finished third with two wins and three podiums, and especially a magnificent 94 points – four behind Fauzy. Again he finished ahead of Alguersuari.
The winter brought Charles Pic to GP2 via GP2 Asia in the form of a drive with Christian Horner’s Arden International. He again showed his class with a win and a third place, as well as pole position in one of the races.
Aged 20 he started the main GP2 season with Arden. He won his very first race, but only had one podium after that and finished with his worst result so far: 10th place and 28 points.
Currently, Pic is in GP2 Asia with a new team: the Spanish outfit Barwa Addax Team. After two races, he has a 9th and a 21st place finish, putting him in 13th place. But the Frenchman – who missed out on getting the fastest lap in the Abu Dhabi sprint due to a penalty – will be hoping for better in the Bahrain races.