Antônio Pizzonia

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Antônio Pizzonia
Fale F1 Monza 2004 13.jpg
Nationality Brazil Brazilian
Born (1980-09-11) September 11, 1980 (age 33)
Manaus, Brazil
2014 Superleague Formula
Debut season 2008
Current team Corinthians
Car no. 14
Starts 10
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 1
Best finish 9th in 2008
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 20032005
Teams Jaguar, Williams
Races 20
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 8
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 2003 Australian Grand Prix
Last race 2005 Chinese Grand Prix

Antônio Reginaldo Pizzonia Júnior (born September 11, 1980 in Manaus) is a Brazilian racing driver who has raced in Formula One and the Champ Car World Series. As of 2013, he is competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship (driving for Delta-ADR) and the Grand-Am Rolex Series (driving for Michael Shank Racing).

Pizzonia started his car racing career in the Formula Vauxhall Junior series in 1997, and then progressed through various junior formulae, winning the Formula Vauxhall Junior Winter Festival in 1997, the Formula Vauxhall Junior and Formula Renault Winter Festival in 1998, the Formula Renault 2.0 UK in 1999, and the British Formula Three Championship in 2000. For 2001 and 2002, he entered the Formula 3000, with his best championship finish being sixth in 2001. In 2003, he was signed by the Jaguar Formula One team, but following poor results, was released during the season. In 2004, he replaced the injured Ralf Schumacher at Williams in several events, securing his first Formula One points in the process. In 2005, he replaced Nick Heidfeld at Williams, but was released from his contract at the end of the season. Since then, he has competed in multiple series, such as the Champ Car World Series, the Superleague Formula, Stock Car Brasil, and the FIA GT1 World Championship.

Racing career[edit]

Pre-Formula One[edit]

From 1991 to 1996 he competed in various karting series. In 1997 he moved to Britain and competed in Formula Vauxhall Junior; Pizzonia placed second, and won the Winter Festival. In 1998, in addition to taking the Championship in Formula Vauxhall Junior, he won the Formula Renault Winter Festival. His 1999 season was even more successful, winning the Formula Renault 2.0 UK series and finishing second in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup. In 2000, Pizzonia took 5 wins on his way to winning the British Formula Three Championship.

For 2001, Pizzonia switched to the Formula 3000 series, winning one race and finishing sixth in the championship.

Formula One[edit]

In 2002, Pizzonia was hired as test driver for Williams, but also continued in F3000, placing 8th. After impressive testing performances, he was signed by the Jaguar team to partner Mark Webber for 2003. However, following a string of poor results, he was dropped midway through the season and replaced by Minardi's Justin Wilson.

Whilst driving for Jaguar F1 he was driving Steve Sutcliffe, a journalist for Autocar magazine, around the Circuit de Catalunya in a Jaguar S-Type R when he lost control into the first corner, rolling the car and hitting the tyre barrier. Apparently he accidentally braked at the braking point he had been using in his F1 car and just went off. The video is readily available on YouTube.

In 2004 he returned to Williams as test driver. Before the German Grand Prix, it was announced that Pizzonia would take over from Marc Gené, who had been filling in for the injured Ralf Schumacher. At the German Grand Prix, he finished 7th to take his first 2 career points; he repeated the feat at the Hungarian Grand Prix. In Belgium, he briefly led an F1 race for the first time, but failed to finish the race due to mechanical problems. He claimed a further 2 points in Italy (during which he achieved the fastest ever recorded top speed in a F1 race at the time, 369.9 km/h, until Juan Pablo Montoya eclipsed this record the following year), but with the announcement of Ralf Schumacher's return for the Chinese Grand Prix, Pizzonia's racing was over for the year.

Prior to the 2005 season, Pizzonia was in a virtual shoot-out with German Nick Heidfeld for the second race seat at Williams alongside Webber. Despite Pizzonia's experience with the team and financial support from Petrobras, Heidfeld was given the seat.

Pizzonia was still employed at Williams as a test driver, and when Heidfeld complained of headaches after being concussed in a crash during the Friday Practice Session at Monza, Pizzonia gained the chance to race. Having not entered an F1 race since the 2004 Italian Grand Prix, the Brazilian qualified 16th, coming through the field to emulate his 2004 race result — picking up 7th place and 2 points. He then raced in the Belgian Grand Prix. where he incurred a fine for taking out 2nd placed Juan Pablo Montoya just a few laps from the end. Pizzonia also took the drive in the Brazilian Grand Prix, but his race was over before the first corner after taking out his own teammate Mark Webber resulting from a collision with David Coulthard.

Despite some speculation that GP2 champion Nico Rosberg would be given an opportunity in the last two races of the season, Pizzonia completed the season for Williams. He retired from the Japanese Grand Prix early after spinning off, and retired from (but was classified as a finisher in) the Chinese Grand Prix after a puncture. Having been replaced by Nico Rosberg for 2006, Pizzonia's Formula One career was over.

Post-Formula One[edit]

In 2006, he drove for Paul Gentilozzi's Rocketsports team in the Champ Car World Series' Long Beach Grand Prix and returned to the team towards the end of the season for races where Tõnis Kasemets did not have sponsorship to race.

In 2007, Pizzonia was racing for Fisichella Motor Sport in the GP2 series.[1] In May, he was dropped in favour of Adam Carroll after only scoring 1 point in 5 races. After that, he returned to Brazil and entered into competition in Stock Car Brasil, a Brazilian national championship, from July.[2] He has competed in the series every year since then, and has also raced in Superleague Formula (SC Corinthians) and the FIA GT1 World Championship.

In 2012, Pizzonia made a one-off guest appearance in the Auto GP World Series when the championship visited the Brazilian Curitiba circuit. Driving for the Ombra Racing team, he won both races, immediately slotting himself into ninth position in the championship.

Racing record[edit]

Complete International Formula 3000 results[edit]

(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 DC Points
2001 Petrobras Junior Team INT
9
IMO
4
CAT
6
A1R
4
MON
Ret
NÜR
6
MAG
10
SIL
3
HOC
1
HUN
Ret
SPA
8
MNZ
Ret
6th 22
2002 Petrobras Junior Team INT
4
IMO
4
CAT
10
A1R
7
MON
4
NÜR
3
SIL
5
MAG
4
HOC
Ret
HUN
Ret
SPA
Ret
MNZ
DSQ
8th 18

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 WDC Points
2003 Jaguar Racing F1 Team Jaguar R4 Cosworth V10 AUS
13†
MAL
Ret
BRA
Ret
SMR
14
ESP
Ret
AUT
9
MON
Ret
CAN
10†
EUR
10
FRA
10
GBR
Ret
GER HUN ITA USA JPN 21st 0
2004 BMW WilliamsF1 Team Williams FW26 BMW P84 3.0 V10 AUS MAL BHR SMR ESP MON EUR CAN USA FRA GBR GER
7
HUN
7
BEL
Ret
ITA
7
CHN JPN BRA 15th 6
2005 BMW WilliamsF1 Team Williams FW27 BMW P84/5 3.0 V10 AUS MAL BHR SMR ESP MON EUR CAN USA FRA GBR GER HUN TUR ITA
7
BEL
15†
BRA
Ret
JPN
Ret
CHN
13†
22nd 2

Driver did not finish the Grand Prix, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance.

American Open Wheel Racing[edit]

(key)

Complete Champ Car results[edit]

Yr Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Rank Points
2006 Rocketsports LBH
10
HOU MTY MIL POR CLE TOR EDM SJO DEN MTL
11
ROA SRF
10
MXC
12
18th 43

IndyCar[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Rank Points
2008 Rocketsports HMS STP MOT1 LBH1
16
KAN IND MIL TXS IOW RIR WGL NSH MDO EDM KTY SNM DET CHI SRF2 45th 0

¹ Run on the same day
² Non-points race

Complete GP2 Series results[edit]

(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 17 18 19 20 21 DC Points
2007 FMS International BHR
FEA

16
BHR
SPR

Ret
ESP
FEA

Ret
ESP
SPR

8
MON
FEA

8
FRA
FEA
FRA
SPR
GBR
FEA
GBR
SPR
EUR
FEA
EUR
SPR
HUN
FEA
HUN
SPR
TUR
FEA
TUR
SPR
ITA
FEA
ITA
SPR
BEL
FEA
BEL
SPR
VAL
FEA
VAL
SPR
27th 1

Superleague Formula[edit]

2008–2009[edit]

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

Year Team Operator 1 2 3 4 5 6 Position Points
2008 SC Corinthians EuroInternational DON NÜR ZOL EST VAL JER 9th 264
7 10 10 18 4 4 6 16 12 2
2009 Alan Docking Racing MAG ZOL DON EST MOZ JAR 8th 264
4 9 17 12 3 8 3 5 10 9 14 18

2009 Super Final Results[edit]

  • Super Final results in 2009 did not count for points towards the main championship.
Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6
2009 SC Corinthians
Alan Docking Racing
MAG
3
ZOL
N/A
DON
4
EST
5
MOZ
N/A
JAR
DNQ

Brazilian competitions[edit]

Stock Car Brasil[edit]

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Rank Pts.
2007 RS Competições Volkswagen Bora INT CTB CGD INT LON
33
SCZ
15
CTB
DNQ
BSB
Ret
ARG
DSQ
TAR
Ret
RIO
Ret
INT
18
40th 1
2008 K-Med Racing Peugeot 307 SAO
15
BSB
Ret
CTB
DSQ
SCZ
Ret
CGD
14
SAO
24
RIO
16
LON
Ret
CTB BSB
18
TAR SAO
11
31st 8
2009 Amir Nasr Racing Peugeot 307 SAO
3
CTB
4
BSB
Ret
SCZ
4
SAO
9
SAL
20
RIO CGD CTB BSB TAR SAO 15th 51
2010 Hot Car Competições Chevrolet Vectra SAO
16
CTB
Ret
VEL
Ret
RIO
Ret
RBP
3
SAL
Ret
SAO
Ret
CGD
8
LON
14
SCS
18
BSB
12
CTB
Ret
23rd 31
2011 Amir Nasr Racing Peugeot 408 CTB SAO RBP
Ret
VEL CGD RIO 26th 6
Scuderia 111 SAO
10
SAL SCS LON BSB VEL
2012 Comprafacil Nascar JF Peugeot 408 INT
30
CTB
11
VEL
17
RBP
Ret
LON
10
RIO
4
SAL
Ret
CGD
26
TAR
18
CUR
7
BRA
25
INT
10
15th 81
2014 Prati-Donaduzzi Peugeot 408 INT
1

21
SCZ
1

11
SCZ
2

1
BRA
1

Ret
BRA
2

DNS
GOI
1

12
GOI
2

7
INT
1

CAS
1

CAS
2

CUR
1

CUR
2

VEL
1

VEL
2

SAL
1

SAL
2

CUR
1

CUR
2

TAR
1

TAR
2

BRA
1

11th* 41*

Complete Auto GP World Series results[edit]

(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 Ombra Racing MNZ
1
MNZ
2
VAL
1
VAL
2
MAR
1
MAR
2
HUN
1
HUN
2
ALG
1
ALG
2
CUR
1

1
CUR
2

1
9th 45
Zele Racing SON
1

Ret
SON
2

12†

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Car Engine Tyres 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Rank Points
2013 Delta-ADR LMP2 Oreca 03 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 D SIL
1
SPA
Ret
LMS SÃO COA FUJ SHA BHR 15th 26

* Season in progress.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "F1 in the news". F1Fanatic.co.uk. 2006-12-08. Retrieved 2006-12-16. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Entrevista: Pizzonia fala de sua vinda para a Stock Car" (in Portuguese). www.stockcar.com.br. Retrieved 2007-08-06. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Laurent Aïello
Autosport
National Racing Driver of the Year

2000
Succeeded by
Takuma Sato
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Aluizio Coelho
British Formula Renault
UK series champion

1999
Succeeded by
Kimi Räikkönen
Preceded by
Marc Hynes
British Formula Three
Champion

2000
Succeeded by
Takuma Sato