Filipe Albuquerque

RACING IN: WEC

Biography

Filipe Albuquerque is a Portuguese endurance driver who has raced with Red Bull, Audi Sport and, in 2020, made history by winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans (LMP2 class), European Le Mans Series and FIA World Endurance Championship in one season with United Autosports.

Key Stats

Nationality

Portuguese

Hometown

Coimbra, Portugal

DOB

13th June

Favourite circuit

Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium 

Racing career

Filipe Albuquerque started go-karting from a young age with his dad and brother, and in 1994 (aged nine) Filipe made his competitive debut at the regional karting championship in Leiria. 

In 2005, Filipe signed with Red Bull as a junior driver in the Spanish Formula 3 series. He was named Rookie of the Year in three major championships and in 2006, he won the Red Bull Junior driver of the year award. Following this, Filipe did a number of Formula One test drives for Red Bull and Torro Rosso.

In 2009, Filipe started racing with Audi, lining up numerous times at the Italian GT Championship, International Superstars Series and the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) over the course of eight years. In 2013, Albuquerque and Audi Sport won the 24 Hours of Daytona. 

Filipe raced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the first time in 2014, driving with Audi Sport in their LMP1 entry. In 2017, Filipe Albuquerque joined forces with United Autosports in the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) – a championship they’d contest together for four consecutive years. 

In 2019, Filipe started racing in WEC with United as well, alongside Phil Hanson and Paul Di Resta. The trio went on to clinch the WEC championship a year later, including victory at the blue riband event, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, from pole position. 

Filipe Albuquerque is currently contesting two major championships: the FIA World Endurance Championship with United Autosports and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with Wayne Taylor Racing.

“ White

Filipe continues to prove he is one of the very best sportscar drivers in the world.
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Career Highlights

//  24 Hours of Daytona winner in 2013, 2018 and 2021

//  Won the 24 Hours of Le Mans (LMP2 class) in 2020 with United Autosports

//  In the same year, Filipe and United Autosports won the European Le Mans Series and World Endurance Championship

Champagne celebrations: Filipe Albuquerque on the podium after winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2020

24 hours of le mans

Filipe Albuquerque has raced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans every year since his debut in 2014. He raced twice with Audi Sport in their LMP1 entry (2014-15), once alongside Oliver Jarvis – now, a fellow United Autosports driver. In 2020, Filipe Albuquerque was victorious at the iconic French race, winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans LMP2 class with United. Read the race report.

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I never imagined that I’d be driving for the same team for so long but it’s an absolute pleasure working with Richard, Zak, the engineers and the entire team.
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FIA World Endurance Championship

In 2014 and 2015, Filipe Albuquerque raced in WEC with Audi Sport. The following year, in 2016, he claimed second place in the championship with RGR Sport by Morand. Since 2019, Filipe has raced in WEC with United Autosports and long-standing teammate Phil Hanson – who was by his side on the podium during their epic winning year in 2020.

Hear the roar: Filipe Albuquerque working the crowd at the driver’s parade ahead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2022

personal life

Filipe loves to race, but the one thing he loves more is family. So when he’s not at the track, he’s looking after his daughters  - Carolina and Maria – who enjoy ballet and gymnastics, and spending time with his wife Joana at their family home in Portugal.