Luis Pérez-Sala

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Luis Pérez-Sala
Born (1959-05-15) 15 May 1959 (age 55)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Spain Spanish
Active years 1988-1989
Teams Minardi
Races 32 (26 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 1
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1988 Brazilian Grand Prix
Last race 1989 Australian Grand Prix

Luis Pérez-Sala Valls-Taberner (born 15 May 1959 in Barcelona) is a Spanish former racing driver who competed in Formula One, Formula 3, Formula 3000 and Touring Cars. He was also the team principal of HRT Formula 1 Team during the 2012 F1 season.

Pérez-Sala contested the 1985 Italian Formula 3 Championship and moved to Formula 3000 to rather more convincing effect, winning races at Birmingham and Enna in 1986. He was runner-up to Stefano Modena in the 1987 F3000 championship. He became famous for his arguments with Alfonso de Vinuesa, caused by political views.

The Minardi Formula One team signed him for the 1988 season. He made his debut for them on 3 April 1988, at the season's opening race in Brazil, where he qualified 20th but failed to finish the race when his rear wing collapsed. Over the next five rounds, he continually outpaced team-mate and fellow Spaniard Adrián Campos, who was replaced by Pierluigi Martini from round six of the Championship in Detroit. Martini and Pérez-Sala were team-mates in both 1988 and 1989, with Martini outqualifying, outracing and outscoring Pérez-Sala. Pérez-Sala's only point came from a sixth place in the 1989 British Grand Prix. Along with the two points Martini scored for finishing fifth, the pair scored enough points to keep Minardi out of pre-qualifying for the rest of the season. At the end of the 1989 season, he left Formula One, having started 32 Grands Prix. After his retirement from Formula One, Pérez-Sala became a regular in the Spanish touring car championship.

In July 2011, he was recruited as a consultant for the Hispania F1 team, which was founded by former Minardi team-mate Campos.[1] On 15 December 2011, it was announced that he would become team principal of HRT, replacing Colin Kolles.[2][3]

His nephew, Daniel Juncadella, is also a racing driver, best known for winning the 2011 Macau Grand Prix Formula Three race, and has also competed in the Formula 3 Euro Series.[4]

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key)

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
1988 Lois Minardi Team Minardi M188 Cosworth DFZ V8 BRA
Ret
SMR
11
MON
Ret
MEX
11
CAN
13
DET
Ret
FRA
NC
GBR
Ret
GER
DNQ
HUN
10
BEL
DNQ
ITA
Ret
POR
8
ESP
12
JPN
15
AUS
Ret
NC 0
1989 Lois Minardi Team Minardi M188B Cosworth DFR V8 BRA
Ret
SMR
Ret
MON
Ret
28th 1
Minardi M189 MEX
DNQ
USA
Ret
CAN
Ret
FRA
DNQ
GBR
6
GER
DNQ
HUN
Ret
BEL
15
ITA
8
POR
12
ESP
Ret
JPN
Ret
AUS
DNQ

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mills, Peter (2011-07-21). "Former GP driver Luis Perez Sala joins HRT as advisor". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 2011-08-03. 
  2. ^ "Luis Pérez-Sala, appointed as new Team Principal of HRT F1 Team". hispaniaracing.com (HRT F1). 15 December 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Luis Perez-Sala appointed HRT team principal". BBC Sport (BBC). 15 December 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Mortara takes pole in Spain". gpupdate.net (GPUpdate.net). 2010-05-21. Retrieved 2011-07-14. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
None
Formula One Indoor Trophy
Winner

19881989
Succeeded by
Gianni Morbidelli