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 22 May 1970) is a Brazilian businessman and former racing driver.

Diniz began karting at the age of eighteen and achieved minor success, before progressing to car racing in the Brazilian Formula Ford Championship and the British Formula Three Championship. He first drove in Formula One with Forti for the 1995 season. The following year he switched to Ligier and moved to Arrows for 1997. In 1998, he finished 14th in the Drivers' Championship, and susquently moved to Sauber for 1999. He left Sauber after the 2000 season and brought a share in the Prost team, which folded a year later.

Since leaving motorsport, Diniz founded the Formula Renault 2.0 Brazil Championship which he ran from 2002 and 2006, later becoming a partner in the Pão de Açúcar and operates a organic produce and diary farm alongside his wife Tatiana Diniz.

Early life and career[edit]

Diniz was born in São Paulo, Brazil on 22 May 1970. His father is Abílio dos Santos Diniz, a businessman who owns the Brazilian distribution chain Companhia Brasileira de Distribuição and the supermarket chain Pão de Açúcar.[1] Diniz struggled to find a good education and went to several schools around the local area.[2]

Diniz began karting at the age of eighteen, and his career was funded by his father who supported his son's hobby.[2] He competed in several events around Brazil and his first racing success came when he won the Two Hours of São Paulo. Aged 19, Diniz moved up into car racing, competiting in the Brazilian Formula Ford championship, where he finished ninth in the Drivers' Championship. In 1990, Diniz moved to the Reyanud Alfa team and finished ninth overall, with his best performances being a podium position at Interlagos.

For 1991, Diniz moved to the British Formula Three with the West Surrey Racing team, finishing 11th overall. He moved to the Edenbridge Racing team in 1992, driving a Reynard Mugen and took two podiums en route to eighth place overall.

Formula One career[edit]

Forti (1995)[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.[3] The season started with Diniz scoring three consective finishes, abeit outside of the points scoring positions—but was not classified for the races in Argentina and San Marino. He did not finish the next race in Spain due to a gearbox problem and finished tenth in Monaco. Diniz retired from the next five races he entered. He finished every remaining race of the season, apart from the race in Japan where he spun off. He finished the season scoring no points and was unclassified in the Drivers' Championship.[4]

Ligier (1996)[edit]

Diniz started the season by finishing outside of the points in the opening two races—tenth in Australia and eighth in Brazil. 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".[5]

After the season concluded, it was announced that Diniz would leave Ligier for the Arrows team for 1997, partnering reigning World Champion Damon Hill. An important factor was the amount of sponsorship Diniz brought to Arrows, estimated to be worth $13 million.[6] He finished the season 15th in the Drivers' Championship with two points, six places and 11 points behind Panis.[7]

Arrows (1997–98)[edit]

1997

For 1997, Diniz was confident heading into the season and his decision to join Arrows, saying: "The all-round strength of the package Tom [Walkinshaw] has put together for 1997 made the decision very easy for me".[8] Diniz started his season with a finish in Australia and later suffered from consective retirements in the next five races. He managed to finish eighth in Canada, before picking up further consective retirements in the next four races. Diniz managed to secure a seventh place finish in Belgium, before suffering a further retirement in Italy. He managed to secure finishes in the next three consective races, which included a points scoring finish at the Luxembourg Grand Prix and retired from the final race of the season at the European Grand Prix. In October, Arrows announced that Diniz had signed a one-year extension to his contract, remaining with the team for 1998.[8] Diniz finished the season in sixteenth place in the Drivers' Championship, with two points, and finished four places behind team-mate Hill.[9]

1998

Diniz remained at Arrows for 1998, partnered by Mika Salo. Diniz endured a torrid start: his car suffered gearbox problems in the opening three rounds and endured engine failures in the races at San Marino and Spain. He scored his first points of the season with a sixth place finish in Monaco and managed to finish the races in Canada and France. Diniz suffered three more consective retirements, and finished the races in Hungary and Belgium, in eleventh and fifth respectively. Diniz finished the season by retiring in the final three races. He finished 14th in the Drivers' Championship, and was tied on points with team-mate Salo.[10]

At the end of the season, Diniz became embroiled in a contract dispute. On 12 October, Diniz chose to leave Arrows and signed a contract to join Sauber,[11] having been previously linked to a seat at BAR.[12] Arrows, however, insisted that they had the right to exercise their option to keep Diniz. Diniz argued that the Arrows option contained a clause allowing him to leave if Arrows did not deliever peformances required by the driver. The dispute went to Formula One's Contract Recognition Board, who ruled in favour of Diniz on 22 February.[13] Arrows later sued Diniz for £4 million, for breach of contract.[14] The case was later heard by the Commercial High Court in London in February 2001 and ruled that Arrows owner Tom Walkinshaw pay Diniz £500,000 in compensation.[15] Arrows later applied for an appeal against the decision, and the Court of Appeal ruled in Diniz's favour in February 2002.[16]

Sauber (1999–2000)[edit]

1999

For 1999, Diniz partnered experienced driver Jean Alesi at Sauber. He endured a torrid start: He was forced into retirement in the first five races held in the season; and in the sixth race of the season held in Canada, he managed to score his first point of the season with a sixth place finish. Diniz suffered a retirement at the next round in France, before clinching consecutive sixth-place finishes in the next two races and later suffered further consecutive retirements in the following six races. In late August, it was announced that Diniz would remain at Sauber for 2000.[17] At the European Grand Prix, Diniz was hit by Benetton driver Alexander Wurz who sent the Sauber driver into a barrel roll and suffered a bruised knee and shoulder, resulting from his car's roll hoop becoming damaged.[18] Diniz finished the season fourteenth in the Drivers' Championship and scored three points.[19]

2000

For 2000, Diniz again competed with Sauber and was partnered with Mika Salo. Team principal Peter Sauber stated Diniz and Salo would have equal status and that the former would use his experience over the upcoming season.[20]

Diniz started off the season by retiring with transmission problems in Australia. He, along with Salo, were forced to withdraw from the Brazilian Grand Prix due to potentially dangerous wing failures during the weekend.[21] He managed to finish in the next two races—eighth in San Marino and eleventh at the British Grand Prix—which was followed by a retirement at the Spanish Grand Prix due to a spin on the first lap. He was involved in a collision with Giancarlo Fisichella's Benetton in Austria for which he received a stop-go penalty,[22] and in Germany, Diniz collided with Prost driver Jean Alesi forcing both drivers to retire.[23] Diniz finished the year scoring no points and was unclassified in the Drivers' Championship.[24]

Diniz became unhappy at Sauber over a test session shoot out at Mugello against fellow countryman Enrique Bernoldi.[25] He held talks with the Prost and Sauber teams during October,[26] and could not find a race seat with either team. Diniz decided to withdraw from active motorsport and his family purchased a 40 percent stake of the Prost team for $10 million and took a management role within the team.[27]

Post-Formula One[edit]

In late 2001, the Diniz family offered to purchase the remaining share although negotations with team principal Alain Prost resulted in no agreement.[28] Diniz formally left the team in November as his relationship with Prost had detoriated.[29]

Diniz announced the creation of a new racing series, the Formula Renault 2.0 Brazil Championship in November 2001.[30] Diniz was a partner of the Wonder Inn, Fernando de Noronha between July 2003 and May 2009.[31] He subsequently became a partner in his father's supermarket chain and operates an organic produce and dairy farm. He married Tatiana who works alongside Diniz and has two children.[2]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Poles Wins F/Laps Podiums Points Position
1989 Brazilian Formula Ford 1600 ? 11  ? 0  ?  ? 0 6th
1990 Formula 3 Sudamericana Daacar 12 0 0 1 1 4 15th
1991 British Formula Three West Surrey Racing 14 0 0 0 0 1 12th
1992 British Formula Three Edenbridge Racing 15 0 0 0 2 8 12th
Masters of Formula 3 Edenbridge Racing 1 0 0 0 0 0 20th
British Formula 3000 Edenbridge Racing 1 0 0 0 0 0 -
1993 Formula 3000 Forti Corse 8 0 0 0 0 0 -
Formula 3 Sudamericana ? 1 0 0 0 0 0 -
1994 Formula 3000 Forti Corse 8 0 0 0 0 3 12th
1995 Formula One Parmalat Forti Ford 17 0 0 0 0 0 NC
1996 Formula One Ligier Gauloises Blondes 16 0 0 0 0 2 15th
1997 Formula One Danka Arrows Yamaha 17 0 0 0 0 2 16th
1998 Formula One Danka Zepter Arrows 16 0 0 0 0 3 14th
1999 Formula One Red Bull Sauber Petronas 16 0 0 0 0 3 14th
2000 Formula One Red Bull Sauber Petronas 16 0 0 0 0 0 21st

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]

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