Name: Arthur Pic
Place of birth: Montélimar, France
Residence: Montélimar, France
2005: 3rd, Bridgestone Cup, 2nd, Champions Cup, El Vendrell (Spain)
2006: 4th, French Junior Championship
2007: Part-season, Formula Renault 1.6 Belgium (Thierry Boutsen Racing)
2008: 1st, Formul’Academy Euro Series
2009: 10th, Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup (SG Formula)
6th and rookie champion, FR2.0 West European Cup (SG Formula)
2010: 3rd, FR2.0 Eurocup (Tech 1 Racing)
2011: 23rd, Formula Renault 3.5 (Tech 1 racing)
2012: 8th, Formula Renault 3.5 (DAMS)
2013: 8th, Formula Renault 3.5 (AV Formula)
2014: 7th, GP2 Series (Campos Racing)
2015: 11th, GP2 Series (Campos Racing)
Arthur’s interest in motorsport initially began by watching older brother Charles compete in karts. Suitably impressed after trying it for himself at Minimes, the young Frenchman entered the domestic Cadet championship in 2004 before, a year later, stepping up to the French Junior Championship alongside his brother at Jana Racing.
Pic’s relative lack of experience did little to hold him back with a third place finish at the Bridgestone Cup in Lonato and second position at the El Vandrell Champions Cup event the highlights of a promising debut season. 2006 saw his first WSK International Series and Italian Open Masters appearances at ICA Junior level, but it was in the French Junior Championship where he really shone en route to finishing fourth overall.
Following two Formula Renault 1.6 outings in Belgium with Thierry Boutsen Racing, Pic emphasised his potential in single-seaters by dominating the 2008 Formul’Academy Euro Series. Under the watchful eye of mentor and ex-F1 driver Eric Bernard, his six victories, six pole positions, six fastest laps and further three podium finishes from 14 races not only secured him that year’s title but also a place in the FFSA’s prestigious Equipe de France programme reserved for talented young drivers.
The next logical steps for 2009 were the highly-competitive Formula Renault 2.0 WEC and Eurocup series. Racing for SG Formula, Pic once again belied his inexperience to finish sixth (top rookie) and 10th respectively in a season that included a pole position, fastest lap and two podium finishes. When not competing on-track, Arthur was equally busy studying for his baccalauréat in which he achieved an S grade.
A switch to Tech 1 Racing for 2010 saw him once again contest the Eurocup series and challenge for the championship with his four wins, seven pole positions, four fastest laps and four more podiums helping him finish third overall and only a point shy of the runner-up spot.
With that success behind him, Pic made the jump into Formula Renault 3.5 for the 2011 campaign. Now just a single rung below Formula One, he spent the season learning the ropes with Tech 1 Racing before switching to DAMS at the start of 2012. A victory and two pole positions contributed to him finishing a solid 8th in the standings even though his performances over the entire season perhaps warranted more.
Arthur returned to the championship in 2013 with Adrian Valles’s new Spanish outfit, AV Formula, and Philippe Gautheron, a highly respected engineer in junior motorsport who previously worked with Arthur’s brother Charles in the GP2 Series. He scored the team’s maiden podium in only their second weekend of FR3.5 competition by finishing third at Motorland Aragon.
Throughout the season, Arthur often matched the quickest drivers but his efforts yielded little reward in races. Pic eventually scored a total of nine points to finish the 2013 campaign eighth in the standings.
In 2014, Pic graduated to GP2 after joining Campos Racing. The Spanish squad returned to using their original name after five seasons competing under the Addax banner, during which time Charles drove for them before stepping up to Formula 1.
An impressive first year in the F1 feeder series saw Arthur win the Hungarian feature race and record two further podium finishes. His 124 points – just four short of the team’s overall total – also helped him end the season seventh in the standings and second in the rookie classification.
With such a successful campaign behind him, Pic stayed at Campos for a second year to gain even more experience in the upper echelons of single-seater racing. The innate speed that whisked him to a strong victory in his debut season shone through once more, with Arthur securing solid second place finishes at Spa and Monza after fierce battles with McLaren-Honda test and development driver Stoffel Vandoorne.
But, as is the way with competing at such an elite level, persistently wretched luck throughout the season denied him further opportunities to increase his podium tally, and Pic ultimately finished the challenging campaign 11th in the standings.
Arthur joins successful Italian outfit Rapax Team for their assault on the 2016 GP2 championship title.