Pedro Diniz

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Pedro Diniz
Born (1970-05-22) 22 May 1970 (age 44)
São Paulo, Brazil
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Brazil Brazilian
Active years 19952000
Teams Forti, Ligier, Arrows, Sauber
Races 99 (98 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 10
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1995 Brazilian Grand Prix
Last race 2000 Malaysian Grand Prix

Pedro Paulo Diniz (born in São Paulo on May 22, 1970) is a racing driver from Brazil. He participated in 99 Formula One Grands Prix, debuting on March 26, 1995. He scored a total of 10 championship points.

Biography[edit]

Diniz driving for Forti at the 1995 British Grand Prix.

One of the richest men ever to sit in a Formula One cockpit, Diniz's motor racing career progressed as a result of his father, Abílio dos Santos Diniz, owning the Brazilian distribution company Companhia Brasileira de Distribuição and the supermarket chain Pão de Açúcar.[1]

Formula One[edit]

Diniz entered Formula One, the highest category of circuit racing defined by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), motorsport's world governing body, with the Forti team, as team-mate to Roberto Moreno in 1995. His drive was largely by the Diniz family's wealth and sponsorship connections. This in turn led to a long-term marketing deal with Parmalat, backing he took throughout his career.[2] Diniz's first year was unsuccessful; the Forti cars proving to be at least several seconds a lap slower than the ultimate pace.

Diniz moved to the more established Ligier team for 1996, a blow to the Forti team's finances which saw it fail to complete its second season in the sport. At the Argentine Grand Prix, his car burst into flames after a pit-stop due to its fuel valve sticking open; British newspaper The Sun famously printed the photo alongside the headline "Diniz in the Oven".[3] However, he also scored his first championship points at the Spanish and Italian Grands Prix, both races of attrition in which he impressed by staying in the race.

For 1997, Diniz moved to the Arrows team, where he was partnered by reigning champion Damon Hill after the latter's departure from the Williams outfit. Diniz embarrassed Hill by outqualifying him at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours in France, the challenging Spa circuit in Belgium, and then again at the tough Suzuka Circuit. He also took a personal best finish of fifth at the Luxembourg Grand Prix. He remained at the team in 1998 alongside Mika Salo, matching his higher-rated team-mate for points.

Diniz driving for Sauber at the 2000 Canadian Grand Prix.

Two seasons with Sauber were largely unspectacular in terms of results, although he outscored team-mate Jean Alesi in 1999. He had a huge crash in the 1999 European Grand Prix, from which he was lucky to walk away after his car's roll hoop failed as a result of the impact. While his reputation had advanced from his early days, it dropped again in 2000 after he failed to score a point for the first time since 1995. At Hockenheim he side-swiped Alesi (now driving for Prost) resulting in a huge crash, and was also given a stop-go penalty for an incident in Austria which damaged several cars.[4] He decided to retire at the end of the season, buying into the Prost team, which folded a year later.[1] By that time his relationship with team-owner Alain Prost had soured.[5]

After Formula One[edit]

Diniz returned to Brazil and operated the Brazilian Formula Renault championship from 2002 to 2006. Currently, he is a partner in his father's Pão de Açúcar supermarket chain and operates an organic produce and dairy farm with his wife Tatiana.[6]

Helmet[edit]

Diniz's helmet design is a base colour of dark blue with three arrows shaded from yellow to red: two around the sides and one over the top. It is based on the design of compatriot Carlos Pace.

Racing record[edit]

Prior To F1[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 DC Points
1993 Forti Corse DON
Ret
SIL
Ret
PAU
DNQ
PER
7
HOC
Ret
NÜR
16
SPA
14
MAG
11
NOG
14
NC 0
1994 Forti Corse SIL
Ret
PAU
Ret
CAT
10
PER
Ret
HOC
Ret
SPA
9
EST
4
MAG
Ret
13th 3

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 WDC Points
1995 Parmalat Forti Ford Forti FG01 Ford EDB 3.0 V8 BRA
10
ARG
NC
SMR
NC
ESP
Ret
MON
10
CAN
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
BEL
13
ITA
9
POR
16
EUR
13
PAC
17
JPN
Ret
AUS
7
NC 0
1996 Equipe Ligier Gauloises Blondes Ligier JS43 Mugen Honda MF301HA 3.0 V10 AUS
10
BRA
8
ARG
Ret
EUR
10
SMR
7
MON
Ret
ESP
6
CAN
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
BEL
Ret
ITA
6
POR
Ret
JPN
Ret
15th 2
1997 Danka Arrows Yamaha Arrows A18 Yamaha OX11A 3.0 V10 AUS
10
BRA
Ret
ARG
Ret
SMR
Ret
MON
Ret
ESP
Ret
CAN
8
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
BEL
7
ITA
Ret
AUT
13
LUX
5
JPN
12
EUR
Ret
16th 2
1998 Danka Zepter Arrows Arrows A19 Arrows T2-F1 3.0 V10 AUS
Ret
BRA
Ret
ARG
Ret
SMR
Ret
ESP
Ret
MON
6
CAN
9
FRA
14
GBR
Ret
AUT
Ret
GER
Ret
HUN
11
BEL
5
ITA
Ret
LUX
Ret
JPN
Ret
14th 3
1999 Red Bull Sauber Petronas Sauber C18 Petronas SPE-03A 3.0 V10 AUS
Ret
BRA
Ret
SMR
Ret
MON
Ret
ESP
Ret
CAN
6
FRA
Ret
GBR
6
AUT
6
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
BEL
Ret
ITA
Ret
EUR
Ret
MAL
Ret
JPN
11
14th 3
2000 Red Bull Sauber Petronas Sauber C19 Petronas SPE 04A 3.0 V10 AUS
Ret
BRA
DNS
SMR
8
GBR
11
ESP
Ret
EUR
7
MON
Ret
CAN
10
FRA
11
AUT
9
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
BEL
11
ITA
8
USA
8
JPN
11
MAL
Ret
18th 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Diniz Family buys into Prost". Grandprix.com. 2000-11-30. Retrieved 2007-01-13. 
  2. ^ "Forti - getting ready for action". Grandprix.com. 1995-02-06. Retrieved 2007-01-13. 
  3. ^ "Stan the Man signs off". ITV-F1.com. Retrieved 2007-01-13. 
  4. ^ "Mika makes a comeback". Grandprix.com. 2000-07-16. Retrieved 2007-01-13. 
  5. ^ "Sauber v Prost". Grandprix.com. 2001-05-23. Retrieved 2007-01-13. 
  6. ^ "Pedro Paulo Diniz" (in Portuguese). Trip Magazine. 2012-05-21. Retrieved 2013-09-11. 

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