A passionate contender since the early days of the sport, Frenchman Nicolas Ivanoff is one of the most experienced competitors in the Red Bull Air Race. With five career race wins, he’s attacking 2019 with intense drive and determination.
A Corsican of Russian and Greek heritage, Ivanoff began flying aerobatics in 1994, and as a member of his country’s aerobatics team from 1997 to 2005 won the World Aerobatic Team Championship, also clinching numerous other national, European and world honours. Ivanoff was additionally a longtime instructor at the famous “Corse Voltige” flying school.
Part of what makes Ivanoff special is his artistry in the air, which has been featured in a documentary film and iconic aviation photography, as well as in his aerobatic, airshow and Air Racing flights. Altogether he has logged more than 7,690 hours in the air.
Fascinated by technology, Ivanoff possesses an enviable mix of style and substance. The quintessential Frenchman is invariably the best-dressed pilot both in and out of the cockpit, and his sophisticated tastes are balanced by a genuine joie de vivre. However, he and the rest of Team Hamilton consistently pursue innovation and excellence.
Red Bull Air Race fans around the world have long admired Ivanoff’s elegant flying and exceptional ability to handle technical tracks, and fellow competitors always keep “The Quick Corsican” in their sights. But after a top-five finish in 2016 (including victory in Abu Dhabi), the team struggled for consistency over much of the past two seasons, especially when raceplane damage just prior to the 2018 opener put them on the back foot for months. Yet by the penultimate stop at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Ivanoff had ended his podium drought in third. With his Edge 540 V2 raceplane performing well, for 2019 he has implemented a new team setup to solidify a comeback.