Jordan Tester (2004-2005)
Robert Doornbos made his way into F1 by starting out as Test Driver for the Jordan Team, replacing Timo Glock who had been promoted to race driver late on in the 2004 season. He continued this role for the newly bought Jordan team into 2005.
But with the sacking of Patrick Friesacher at Minardi, Robert was offered the vacant race seat. His first race for the team was at the 2005 German GP. He finished the season at Minardi racing in 8 races; his best result was two 13th place finishes at the Turkish & Belgium GP’s. With Minardi being bought by Midland F1 for 2006 Doornbos found himself without a race seat. However Red Bull team boss Christian Horner signed the Dutchman as the team’s official Test Driver for 2006.
Red Bull (2006)
Robert’s chance to once again race in F1 came after the 2006 Italian GP, when it was announced that Christian Klien would no longer race for Red Bull in the 2006 season. Thus Doornbos was promoted to drive alongside David Coulthard for the remaining three races of 2006. He managed to finish all 3 races, but wasn’t able to get the car into the points.
With Mark Webber being signed to drive alongside David Coulthard for 2007, Doornbos once again found himself back to a testing role in Red Bull.
Since then Robert Doornbos has been involved in a lot of F1 demonstration runs, particularly for Red Bull and in 2008 for the Renault team. However a return to a race drive for the Dutchman in F1 looks unlikely at the moment.