Marcel Fässler belongs to a driver trio that has been setting standards with Audi since 2010. No other combination has been equally successful in such a short period of time. In the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), no other rival has clinched more victories than Fässler and his teammates André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer.
If you had to guess Marcel Fässler’s profession, chances that your guess would be correct tend to be small. With his quiet nature, the father of four from the rural town of Einsiedeln in the canton of Schwyz seems more like the epitome of a calm and collected Swiss than a professional race driver with all his energies unleashed. In 2012, he clinched the first automobile world championship title for his country. Hardly another driver in the paddock works as hard on his physical shape as Fässler. He turned 40 this season, but outperforms many younger rivals in terms of fitness.
The picture of William Tell on the back of his helmet symbolizes the race driver’s attitude. Like the legendary Swiss freedom fighter, Fässler embodies rock-solid values of his native Switzerland. Utmost precision is one of his standards. The quaint and scenic surroundings at home provide the setting for the Audi driver to act out his versatility in sports. Located right on his doorstep is a lake, Sihlsee, which invites him to go canoeing. The surrounding mountains offer opportunities for challenging mountain bike tours and pass crossings. The mountain trails are well suited for ambitious running stints and in winter, cross-country ski tracks lead directly past the Fässler home.
Consequently, the “Swiss confederate,” who celebrated the greatest successes in his career under the symbol of the four rings, can perfectly unwind from the stress of a world championship at home. His wife, Isabel, and the couple’s four daughters form the calm family anchor in a worldwide racing program. Marcel Fässler has been setting standards with the success he has achieved. He has won the Le Mans 24 Hours together with his teammates an amazing three times. In 2012, he was world champion, and with ten single victories clinched in the first four WEC years, the Swiss and his teammates are the most successful drivers in the field.
Date of birth: May27, 1976
Place of birth: Einsiedeln (CH)
Residence: Gross (CH)
Marital status: married, four daughters
Height/weight: 1.78 m/78 kg
Le Mans races: 11 (3 victories)
1993 3rd Winfield Race Driver School France
1995 3rd French Formula Renault Campus
1996 3rd French Formula Renault, “Rookie of the Year”
1997 11th French Formula 3 Championship, 1st Formula Campus Invitation Race Macau
1998 4th French Formula 3 Championship
1999 2nd German Formula 3 Championship
2000 4th DTM
2001 4th DTM
2002 4th DTM
2003 3rd DTM
2004 9th DTM
2005 11th DTM
2006 4th European Le Mans Series, 2nd Spa 24 Hours, Le Mans 24 Hours
2007 1st place Spa 24 Hours, A1GP Series, European Le Mans Series, Le Mans 24 Hours
2008 4th FIA GT Championship, International GT Open, two races in American Le Mans Series (Audi R10 TDI), Le Mans 24 Hours
2009 1st International GT Open, 3rd Spa 24 Hours (Audi R8 LMS), Le Mans 24 Hours
2010 2nd Le Mans 24 Hours (Audi R15 TDI)
2011 1st Le Mans 24 Hours, Intercontinental Le Mans Cup (in Audi R18 TDI at each event), 3rd Nürburgring 24 Hours (Audi R8 LMS)
2012 1st Le Mans 24 Hours, 1st FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), 1st WEC Silverstone, 1st WEC Bahrain (in Audi R18 e-tron quattro at each event), Spa 24 Hours (Audi R8 LMS ultra)
2013 1st Sebring 12 Hours, 2nd FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), 1st WEC Spa, 1st WEC São Paulo, 1st WEC Shanghai, 5th Le Mans 24 Hours (in Audi R18 e-tron quattro at each event)
2014 1st Le Mans 24 Hours, 1st WEC Austin, 2nd FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) (in Audi R18 e-tron quattro at each event)
2015 1st WEC Silverstone, 1st WEC Spa, 2nd FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), 3rd Le Mans 24 Hours (in Audi R18 e-tron quattro at each event)
2016 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) (Audi R18), 1st GTLM Class Daytona 24 Hours, 1st GTLM Class Sebring 12 Hours