Matthieu Vaxivière (born 3 December 1994) is a French racing driver from Limoges, France. He was the 2011 French F4 champion. In 2012 he raced in the V de V Endurance Cup, French GT, and 2e Grand Prix Èlectrique. In addition, he was 14th in the 2012 Formula Renault 2.0 Alps season and 29th in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup, driving for Tech 1 Racing. In 2013 he finished 10th in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup and 18th in the Formula Renault 2.0 Alps. In 2014 he was assigned as one of the drivers for the Lotus F1 Junior team, while competing in the Formula Renault 3.5 series alongside Filipino-Swiss driver Marlon Stöckinger. He currently drives for Alpine, driving the Alpine A480 in the World Endurance Championship.

Career

24 Hours of Le Mans

Vaxivière driving in the 2018 6 Hours of Silverstone.

Five hours into the race and at 12th place, Vaxivière in the No. 28 TDS Racing attempted a three-wide pass in the braking zone in the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans race, resulting in a crash that ended the race for the No. 82 Risi Competizione Ferrari. After a review, the No. 28 car was given a seven-minute stop and hold penalty.

Karting

Vaxivière started his racing career in 2005 in the Karting Championship of France.

French F4 (2011)

Vaxivière got his first championship title in the French F4 Championship in 2011. He finished the year with 5 pole positions, 6 fastest laps and 3 wins, amassing 146 points.

Formula Renault 2.0 (2012–2013)

Tech 1 Racing

Vaxiviere entered his debut season in 2012 with Tech 1 Racing and finished in 29th position with 1 point. In 2013 he finished his best season in Formula Renault 2.0 with 10th position overall. He had 2 pole positions, 2 fastest laps and 2 wins, collecting 57 points.

Formula Renault 3.5 (2014–)

After his season in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, Vaxivière graduated to Formula Renault 3.5 in 2014, driving for Lotus and partnering with Marlon Stöckinger. Despite missing two rounds for an injury, he finished 8th in the season standings. In 2015 he was runner-up with Lotus, claiming three wins and 10 podiums in 17 races. He switched to SMP Racing for 2016.

Lotus F1

After he did several post season tests with both Pons Racing and Lotus, he was announced by Lotus to drive with them for the 2014 Formula Renault 3.5 Series season alongside Filipino-Swiss 2013 Formula Renault 3.5 Series season and Lotus F1 Junior Team rookie Marlon Stockinger replacing Marco Sørensen of Denmark becoming a test and reserve driver for the Lotus F1 Team in the process.

Alpine works driver

2021: Hypercar debut

For the 2021 season, Vaxivière teamed up with Nicolas Lapierre and André Negrão to drive an Alpine A480 in the Hypercar category of the FIA World Endurance Championship.[1] The campaign began on a promising note, as the team finished second at Spa-Francorchamps before Vaxivière followed that up by taking a pole position in the Algarve.[2][3][4] The outfit stabilised their pace after another second place in Monza, with them taking third for the remaining rounds, Vaxivière and his teammates being unable to match the pace of the Toyota Gazoo Racing squad.[5]

2022: WEC title challenge

Nevertheless, Vaxivière, Lapierre and Negrão returned to Alpine in 2022.[6] At the season opener in Sebring, the Frenchman put on a particularly impressive showing, taking pole, setting the fastest lap and helping his team to their first victory in the Hypercar category.[7][8] Vaxivière and his partners took second at Spa before finishing a disappointing fourth in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, as issues with the car's clutch control and ignition coil systems respectively put the team out of contention for the podium.[9] They bounced back emphatically in Monza, where, having made contact in a hard-fought battle with the Toyota of Kamui Kobayashi, Vaxivière scored another win.[10] However, this would end up being the team's final finish ahead of their rivals Toyota, with a power reduction for the final two races thanks to the BoP mechanism leading to Alpine finishing second in the overall standings.[11][12]

2023: Return to LMP2

Vaxivière and Alpine stepped down to the LMP2 category for the 2023 season, where the French driver partnered Charles Milesi and Julien Canal.[13][14]

Racing record

Racing career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2010 MitJet Series N/A 12 0 ? 0 1 180 9th
2011 French F4 Championship Auto Sport Academy 14 3 6 5 10 146 1st
2012 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Tech 1 Racing 14 0 0 0 0 1 29th
Formula Renault 2.0 Alps 7 0 0 0 1 29 14th
2e Grand Prix Electrique L'Hebdo+ 2 0 0 0 1 N/A N/A
French GT Championship Graff Racing 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC†
V de V Challenge Endurance Moderne - Proto CD Sport 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC†
2013 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Tech 1 Racing 12 2 2 2 2 57 10th
Formula Renault 2.0 Alps 4 0 0 0 0 20 18th
Porsche Carrera Cup France Pro GT by Almeras 4 1 2 3 4 0 NC†
V de V Endurance GT Tourisme - GTV2 Porsche Almeras 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC†
V de V Endurance GT Tourisme - GTV3 ? ? ? ? ? 0 NC†
V de V Michelin Endurance Series - Tourisme 4 0 0 0 0 36 17th
2014 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Lotus 13 0 0 0 2 83 8th
FIA World Endurance Championship - LMGTE Am Prospeed Competition 7 0 1 0 1 58 9th
European Le Mans Series - GTC Pro GT by Almeras 1 0 0 0 0 8 22nd
Championnat de France FFSA GT Team Martinet - Alméras 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC†
24 Hours of Dubai - A6-Pro Crubilé Sport 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 12th
2015 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Lotus 17 3 5 5 10 234 2nd
Formula Renault 2.0 Alps ARTA Engineering 2 0 0 0 1 0 NC†
2016 Formula V8 3.5 Series SMP Racing 18 2 0 2 7 175 6th
GT3 Le Mans Cup Classic & Modern Racing 3 0 0 0 1 15.5 14th
2016–17 Asian Le Mans Series - GT DH Racing 3 1 0 0 2 50 4th
2017 FIA World Endurance Championship - LMP2 TDS Racing 8 0 0 0 1 53 16th
GP3 Series DAMS 4 0 0 0 0 0 21st
V de V Endurance Series - PFV R-ace GP 2 0 0 0 2 36 16th
2018 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup - Pro R-Motorsport 5 1 2 0 1 29 13th
24 Hours of Spa - Pro 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 9th
European Le Mans Series - LMP2 TDS Racing 4 0 0 0 2 38 10th
VLN Endurance Aston Martin Test Centre 4 0 0 0 0 10.34 474th
Nürburgring Langstrecken Serie - SP8 ? ? ? ? ? 0 NC†
2018–19 FIA World Endurance Championship - LMP2 TDS Racing 8 0 0 3 1 66 8th
2019 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup - Pro R-Motorsport 5 0 0 0 0 0 NC
Intercontinental GT Challenge 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC†
Bathurst 12 Hours - Class A 1 0 0 0 1 N/A 2nd
European Le Mans Series - LMP2 RLR MSport 1 0 0 0 0 0 36th
24 Hours of Nürburgring - SP9 KCMG 1 0 0 0 0 N/A DNF
VLN Langstrecken Meisterschaft Nürburgring - SP9 Pro 4 0 0 0 0 9.75 32nd
IMSA Sportscar Championship - DPi Wayne Taylor Racing 2 0 0 0 2 64 22nd
2020 24 Hours of Le Mans - LMP2 Panis Racing 1 0 0 0 1 N/A 3rd
Mitjet International MV2S Racing 4 4 3 3 4 0 NC†
Intercontinental GT Challenge Team WRT 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC†
GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup Belgian Audi Club Team WRT 2 1 0 0 1 25 13th
24 Hours of Nürburgring - SP9 Pro-Am GetSpeed Performance 1 0 0 0 0 N/A DNF
Nürburgring Langstrecken Serie - SP9 Pro 2 0 0 0 0 9.88 51st
Nürburgring Langstrecken Serie - SP9 Pro-Am 1 0 0 0 1 6.25 9th
2021 FIA World Endurance Championship - Hypercar Alpine Elf Matmut 6 0 1 0 6 128 3rd
IMSA SportsCar Championship - LMP2 Tower Motorsport By Starworks 1 0 0 0 1 0 NC†
24H GT Series - GT3 Pro Racetivity 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC†
24 Hours of Nürburgring - SP9 Pro Mercedes-AMG Team GetSpeed 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 7th
2022 FIA World Endurance Championship - Hypercar Alpine Elf Team 6 2 0 1 5 144 2nd
24H GT Series - GT3 Pro-Am Racetivity 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC†
2023 FIA World Endurance Championship - LMP2 Alpine Elf Team
IMSA SportsCar Championship - LMP2 AF Corse

† Guest driver ineligible to score points

Complete French F4 Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos Points
2011 LÉD
1

3
LÉD
2

5
NOG
1

4
NOG
2

3
PAU
1

1
PAU
2

1
VDV
1

Ret
VDV
2

1
SPA
1

4
SPA
2

3
ALB
1

2
ALB
2

3
LEC
1

3
LEC
2

2
1st 146

Complete Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos Points
2012 Tech 1 Racing ALC
1

16
ALC
2

22
SPA
1

20
SPA
2

NC
NÜR
1

Ret
NÜR
2

14
MSC
1

25
MSC
2

Ret
HUN
1

23
HUN
2

20
LEC
1

Ret
LEC
2

Ret
CAT
1

27
CAT
2

10
29th 1
2013 Tech 1 Racing ALC
1

1
ALC
2

1
SPA
1

11
SPA
2

14
MSC
1

7
MSC
2

12
RBR
1

27
RBR
2

21
HUN
1

11
HUN
2

15
LEC
1

16
LEC
2

29
CAT
1
CAT
2
10th 57

Complete Formula V8 3.5 Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pos. Points
2014 Lotus MNZ
1

17†
MNZ
2

16
ALC
1

7
ALC
2

8
MON
1

Ret
SPA
1
SPA
2
MSC
1
MSC
2
NÜR
1

13
NÜR
2

2
HUN
1

5
HUN
2

7
LEC
1

3
LEC
2

6
JER
1

4
JER
2

8
8th 83
2015 Lotus ALC
1

4
ALC
2

1
MON
1

Ret
SPA
1

1
SPA
2

3
HUN
1

4
HUN
2

2
RBR
1

6
RBR
2

1
SIL
1

3
SIL
2

2
NÜR
1

4
NÜR
2

11
BUG
1

10
BUG
2

2
JER
1

3
JER
2

3
2nd 234
2016 SMP Racing ALC
1

2
ALC
2

Ret
HUN
1

5
HUN
2

5
SPA
1

Ret
SPA
2

1
LEC
1

5
LEC
2

Ret
SIL
1

2
SIL
2

7
RBR
1

1
RBR
2

6
MNZ
1

3
MNZ
2

Ret
JER
1

3
JER
2

3
CAT
1

Ret
CAT
2

Ret
6th 175

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results

Year Entrant Class Car Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Rank Points
2017 TDS Racing LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 SIL
3
SPA LMS
Ret
NÜR
8
MEX
7
COA
7
FUJ
4
SHA
6
BHR
9
16th 53
2018–19 TDS Racing LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 SPA
4
LMS
DSQ
SIL
7
FUJ
4
SHA
Ret
SEB
NC
SPA
4
LMS
3
8th 66
2021 Alpine Elf Matmut Hypercar Alpine A480 Gibson GL458 4.5 L V8 SPA
2
ALG
3
MNZ
2
LMS
3
BHR
3
BHR
3
3rd 128
2022 Alpine Elf Team Hypercar Alpine A480 Gibson GL458 4.5 L V8 SEB
1
SPA
2
LMS
4
MNZ
1
FUJ
3
BHR
3
2nd 144
2023 Alpine Elf Team LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 SEB PRT SPA LMS MNZ FUJ BHR * *

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2017 France TDS Racing France François Perrodo
France Emmanuel Collard
Oreca 07-Gibson LMP2 213 DNF DNF
2018 France TDS Racing France François Perrodo
France Loïc Duval
Oreca 07-Gibson LMP2 366 DSQ DSQ
2019 France TDS Racing France François Perrodo
France Loïc Duval
Oreca 07-Gibson LMP2 366 8th 3rd
2020 France Panis Racing France Nico Jamin
France Julien Canal
Oreca 07-Gibson LMP2 368 7th 3rd
2021 France Alpine Elf Matmut Brazil André Negrão
France Nicolas Lapierre
Alpine A480-Gibson LMH 367 3rd 3rd
2022 France Alpine Elf Team Brazil André Negrão
France Nicolas Lapierre
Alpine A480-Gibson LMH 362 23rd 5th

Complete GP3 Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pos Points
2017 DAMS CAT
FEA
CAT
SPR
RBR
FEA
RBR
SPR
SIL
FEA
SIL
SPR
HUN
FEA

12
HUN
SPR

12
SPA
FEA

Ret
SPA
SPR

15
MNZ
FEA
MNZ
SPR
JER
FEA
JER
SPR
YMC
FEA
YMC
SPR
22nd 0

Complete European Le Mans Series results

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 Rank Points
2018 TDS Racing LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 LEC
2
MNZ
2
RBR
9
10th 38
Racing Engineering SIL
Ret
SPA ALG
2019 RLR MSport LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 LEC MNZ CAT SIL
Ret
SPA ALG 36th 0

Complete WeatherTech SportsCar Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Class Make Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Rank Points
2019 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi Cadillac DPi-V.R Cadillac 5.5 L V8 DAY SEB
2
LBH MDO DET WGL MOS ELK LGA PET
2
22nd 64
2021 Tower Motorsport by Starworks LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 DAY
2†
SEB WGL WGL ELK LGA PET NC† 0†
2023 AF Corse LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 DAY
3
SEB
MON
WGL
ELK
IMS PET
-* 0*

Points only counted towards the Michelin Endurance Cup, and not the overall LMP2 Championship.

References

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  3. ^ Lloyd, Daniel. "Vaxiviere Takes Alpine's First Hypercar Pole at Portimao – Sportscar365". sportscar365.com. Retrieved 6 February 2023.
  4. ^ "Alpine s'offre un nouveau podium à Portimão". France Racing (in French). 14 June 2021. Retrieved 6 February 2023.
  5. ^ Lloyd, Daniel. "Lapierre: "Frustrating" Season Despite "Good Job" from Alpine – Sportscar365". sportscar365.com. Retrieved 6 February 2023.
  6. ^ Lloyd, Daniel (16 February 2022). "Alpine Confirms Unchanged Hypercar Driver Lineup". sportscar365.com. John Dagys Media. Retrieved 16 February 2022.
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  10. ^ Euwema, Davey. "Alpine Drivers Extend Points Lead with 6H Monza Win – Sportscar365". sportscar365.com. Retrieved 6 February 2023.
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  12. ^ "2022 Hypercar Review: Toyota Take It, But Pushed All The Way". www.fiawec.com. Retrieved 6 February 2023.
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Sporting positions
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Champion

2011
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Andros Trophy Électrique
Champion

2015-16
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