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Alan van der Merwe

Alan van der Merwe, Autosport 1000km, Silverstone, 14th September 2008. Copyright LAT Photographic (www.latphoto.co.uk), 2010. Used with permission.

Alan van der Merwe, Autosport 1000km, Silverstone, 14th September 2008. Copyright LAT Photographic 2010. Used with permission.

Born:

31 Jan 1980
Johannesburg

Nationality:

South Africa

F3000 starts:

7 (2004)

Highly rated young driver who did some testing for Honda, mostly speed events and in doing so, broke the world record for an Formula 1 car. Since then, he was in A1 GP and the Le Mans Series until he became the FIA medical driver for all F1 events from 2009 onwards. Van der Merwe still does that, and is now retired from racing accordingly after having a few races in endurance events. Alan is now largely based in England, but is also involved with a management business in Switzerland and more recently, has set up a biometrics medical firm, which has designed biometric racing gloves with a pulse measurement sensor and oxygen level in the blood. Starting in 2019, the use of such gloves with medical sensors will be a prerequisite for all racing teams in FIA series.

Biography last updated 3 Mar 2019