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FIA Reveals First 2015 Global Driver Ratings List

The FIA publishes list of 2015 global driver ratings…


The 2015 FIA global driver ratings have been released Friday, featuring several drivers adjusted. A final list will be posted after revisions, of which drivers have until Nov. 22 to have their rankings re-examined by the Categorization Committee.

The list will apply for drivers competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship, TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, European and Asian Le Mans Series, Blancpain GT Series and a number of other European championships.

Notable rating changes include:

Joao Barbosa, Platinum (2014) to Gold (2015)
Ben Barker, Silver (2014) to Gold (2015)
Martin Brundle, Gold (2014) to Silver (2015)
Paul-Loup Chatin, Silver (2014) to Gold (2015)
Philipp Eng, Silver (2014) to Gold (2015)
Charles Espenlaub, Silver (2014) to Gold (2015)
Philip Giebler, Gold (2014) to Silver (2015)
Rodolfo Gonzalez, Silver (2014) to Gold (2015)
Billy Johnson, Silver (2014) to Gold (2015)
Wolfgang Kauffman, Silver (2014) to Bronze (2015)
Jann Mardenborough, Gold (2014) to Platinum (2015)
Maurizio Mediani, Silver (2014) to Gold (2015)
Christopher Mies, Silver (2014) to Gold (2015)
Christina Nielsen, Bronze (2014) to Silver (2015)
Markus Palttala, Silver (2014) to Gold (2015)
Kristian Poulsen, Bronze (2014) to Silver (2015)
Alex Riberas, Silver (2014) to Gold (2015)
Sean Rayhall, Silver (2014) to Gold (2015)
Fernando Rees, Silver (2014) to Gold (2015)
Jeff Segal, Silver (2014) to Gold (2015)
Bill Sweedler, Silver (2014) to Bronze (2015)
Jordan Taylor, Gold (2014) to Platinum (2015)
Mathieu Vaxiviere, Silver (2014) to Gold (2015

Notable additions include:

Mark Blundell, Gold
Matthew Brabham, Gold
Zak Brown, Bronze
Kevin Buckler, Bronze
Jade Buford, Silver
Maximilian Buhk, Gold
Cristiano da Matta, Platinum
Jerome d’Ambrosio, Platinum
Steven Doherty, Bronze
Eric Foss, Silver
Ashley Freiberg, Silver
Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Platinum
Paul Gentilozzi, Silver
Conrad Grunewald, Bronze
Trent Hindman, Silver
Craig Lowndes, Platinum
Spencer Pigot, Gold
Valentino Rossi, Silver
Stefan Rzadzinski, Silver
Madison Snow, Silver
Albert von Thurn und Taxis, Silver
James Vance, Bronze
Marco Wittmann, Platinum

Notable Silvers include:

Earl Bamber
Matt Bell (U.S.)
Matthew Bell (U.K.)
Brandon Davis
Jean-Francois Dumoulin
Duncan Ende
Mario Farnbacher
Philipp Frommenwiler
Josh Hurley
Sean Johnston
Alessandro Latif
Michael Lewis
Ryan Lewis
Shane Lewis
Andrew Palmer
Michele Rugolo
Marco Seefried
Stephen Simpson
Mike Skeen
Craig Stanton
Dion von Moltke
Jeff Westphal
Andreas Wirth

Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno) is Sportscar365's North American Editor, focusing on coverage of the IMSA-sanctioned championships as well as Pirelli World Challenge. DiZinno also contributes to and other motorsports outlets. Contact Tony



  1. Nate

    November 7, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    There are a lot of questionable rankings but the Earl Bamber one is really surprising. He just won the Porsche Supercup championship last week. Does that championship not mean anything?

    • Matt

      November 7, 2014 at 4:56 pm

      Same with Mike Skeen.

  2. René de Boer

    November 7, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    And what about Heinz-Harald Frentzen? Yes, an ex F1 driver he may be, but he hasn’t won anything in ages and was a mid-fielder at best in the German ADAC GT series. This year, he only raced a part season due to back problems.

    • Sean

      November 7, 2014 at 6:12 pm

      And what about Christina Nielsen? She looks like gold to me.

    • Georg

      November 8, 2014 at 8:50 am

      Why should they downgrade an F1-driver, even if he didn’t have a good season? You’d open another can of worms if that was done. He is widely considered a professional driver, whatever his current form or physical condition…

      • JCCharles

        November 9, 2014 at 2:11 pm

        He’s and F1 driver who hasn’t raced in F1 in 11 years. Being a former F1 driver shouldn’t make you an automatic Platinum. He hasn’t won ANYTHING since 1999!

        • Georg

          November 9, 2014 at 5:04 pm

          So, an F1 driver who hasn’t won for a while should be rated same as a regular amateur or a kid who has never done anything professional in racing? Doesn’t sound very fair to me. They’ve been part of the pinnacle of motorsports and should always be regarded as professionals. If they get slow, then it’s time to give the space to others.

  3. gtgianlu

    November 7, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Bamber who has won the Porsche Supercup Silver and Eng who has won the Carrera cup Deutschland Gold?Bamber has raced the PLM in a factory RSR too.I’m italian and Rugolo is more than a Silver,for sure.Miss Nielsen has surely got beautiful Gold hair,Sean…Marco Seefried is another one more Gold than Silver.

  4. BenB

    November 7, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Why would they downgrade Joao? He just won the championship!

    • Jaguar4

      November 8, 2014 at 12:41 am

      Platinum is supposed to be reserved for factory drivers. Hence Jordan Taylor’s upgrade.

      • NightStalk3r

        November 8, 2014 at 7:10 am

        Earl Bamber is works driver with Porsche yet he is a Silver.

  5. Michael

    November 7, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Bamber is one of the fastest drivers on the planet in a Porsche. Great guy but no way should he be silver.

  6. Nuno Rosario

    November 7, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Valentino Rossi Silver? Is he planning to come sportscar racing and i dont know? Plus Earl bamber Silver and João Barbosa gold? Seriously someone needs to revise choises asap
    Wow Yann got to platinum! Gt Academy program proving its worth

    • jack

      December 10, 2014 at 9:57 pm


  7. Jeff Braun

    November 8, 2014 at 4:57 am

    With the new rule for IMSA where you only need one silver in 2015 for GTD and PC the need to find that “fast silver” just went out the window. Many silvers just lost their jobs.

    • Georg

      November 8, 2014 at 8:48 am

      True. And teams who needed a 2nd funded driver for the long ones to complete their season budget are now in even more trouble. It’s good for the championship though, higher level of drivers is always good as long as there’s enough cars on the grid.

    • Michael

      November 8, 2014 at 9:20 am

      But many Golds just got jobs. This also largely takes away the gamesmanship that has gone on with drivers fighting to stay silver.

      • Bakkster

        November 8, 2014 at 11:12 pm

        Bingo. Now teams can either grab a second silver, or a gold driver who brings money or gets paid. It means no digging for incorrectly rated or new and under-experienced silvers. As you say, everything’s above board now.

        • Georg

          November 9, 2014 at 2:02 pm

          You are correct. Being allowed to use 3 Pros in Daytona doesn’t mean you have to. You can still run more funded drivers if you need to, just like it has always been. This reduces the control by questionable rules, giving more options for the teams.

  8. Georg

    November 8, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Claudia Hürtgen has been BMW factory driver for years and is silver. Bamber being silver is just ridiculous.

  9. paul gentilozzi

    November 9, 2014 at 12:13 am

    I have been mis-rated, at 60+ I am easily a bronze. I will never gt a team owner to hire me as a silver….Paul

    We should also note that Scott Pruett will be 55 this season, a gap in the rules?

  10. paul gentilozzi

    November 9, 2014 at 12:16 am

    It was suggested by a close friend that I actually should be rated lead as a driver over 110 kg’s.

    • Georg

      November 9, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      Haha. There is a new Iron Cup in Europe, maybe you should try that?

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