Anthony Davidson has announced that he will call time on his racing career at the end of next weekend's racing action in Bahrain, with two endurance races over two weekends at the Sakhir Circuit. The 42-year-old currently races in the World Endurance Championship with Jota in LMP2, juggling that racing career with his broadcasting for Sky Sports F1's Grand Prix coverage. Davidson finished third in Saturday's 6 Hours of Bahrain with Jota teammates Roberto Gonzalez and Antonio Felix Da Costa, and announced his retirement in a tweet celebrating the podium. "One more to go, which I've decided will also be my final race as a professional racing driver," Davidson wrote on Twitter. "It's been an incredible and unforgettable journey and I thank all those involved along the way." Article continues below
P3 yesterday in the #6HBahrain with my team-mates @RobGonzalezV & @afelixdacosta . One more to go…which I’ve decided will also be my final race as a professional racing driver. It’s been an incredible and unforgettable journey and I thank all those involved along the way 🙏 pic.twitter.com/2Sud9d6Qpu — Anthony Davidson (@antdavidson) October 31, 2021
Davidson's last race will thus be the 8 Hours of Bahrain, which is being held Sunday 6 November, meaning he is effectively retiring with immediate effect. Before stepping back to LMP2 in 2018, Davidson raced for Toyota in LMP1 where he enjoyed an incredibly successful few years. Winning the 2014 title outright with his teammate Sebastien Buemi, he also finished as runner-up in the Le Mans 24 Hours on three separate occasions. Prior to making the switch to sportscar racing, Davidson competed in Formula 1 for a few years. Making his debut with Minardi in 2002, Davidson tested for BAR from 2003 to 2006, before getting the chance to race full-time as a driver with Honda's secondary project, Super Aguri. Following the collapse of that team in 2008, he made the move to sportscars.