Biography

Artem Markelov, Russian racing driver, was born September 10, 1994 in Moscow.

2006-2010

Artem began karting in 2006 and raced mostly in Russia, working his way up through the junior ranks to progress into the KF2 category by 2010. He won Russian karting cup in 2007 and Russian karting championship in 2009.
2006 - “Raket” class, Russian championship, 9th
2007 - “Raket” class, Russian championship, 2nd, Russian cup. 1st
2008 - RMJ class, Russian championship, 12th
2009 - RMJ class, Russian championship, 1st, Rotax Max Euro Challenge (Junior) 7th
2010 - KF2 class, Russian championship, 7th

2011 Adac Formel Masters / Formula 3 Euro Series

In 2011, Markelov moved into open-wheel racing, competing in ADAC Formel Masters, taking 11 podiums in 23 races, including one win at Red Bull Ring. As a result, Markelov finished in 4th place in the final championship standings. During the 2011 season, Markelov made his Formula Three debut in the Hockenheimring round of the Formula 3 Euro Series.

2012 ATS Formula 3 Germany

Markelov was elected to compete in the German Formula Three Championship in 2012. He finished 7th in the standings, scoring 3 podiums, including sprint-race wins at Lausitz and Hockenheim. 

2013 ATS Formula 3 Germany

Artem stayed in the German series for another year in 2013 and made huge progress during the season. He got the 2nd place in the series with 21 podiums in 23 races, including wins in both main races at Lausitz.

2014 GP2 Series

Since 2014 Artem has moved to GP2 Series, joining Russian Time (first Russian team in GP2, won the 2013 title). Markelov was 24th in his first GP2 season.

2015 GP2 Series / Toyota Racing Series New Zealand

He made a step to 13th place in GP2 2015, scoring his first podium in Spa Francochamps.
In winter 2015 Artem also got 8th result in Toyota Racing Series New Zealand (3 podiums in 16 races). He repeated the 8th place in 2016, with 5 podiums.

2016 GP2 Series (Monaco winner) / Toyota Racing Series New Zealand

Artem Markelov started the season with two 4th results in Barcelona and then became first Russian to win GP2 race on prestigious Monaco track. In Monza he produced his best GP2 qualifying performance (P2). He started 3rd in Abu Dhabi and closed the season with one more podium.

2017 Formula 2 vice-champion

P2 in Formula 2 Drivers Standings (Russian Time is F2 champion!) - 5 wins, 7 podiums, 1 pole, 4 best laps in 22 races

2018 Formula 2

Artem made 3 wins (7 podiums, 2 poles and 3 fastest laps) in his last F2 season. He also got the special prize for the best overtaking of the year.
As a Renault F1 development driver Artem participated in F1 Friday practice and had three test sessions.