Ricardo Teixeira (racing driver)

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Ricardo Teixeira
F1 2011 Barcelona test - Lotus.jpg
Nationality Angola Angolan
Portugal Portuguese
Born (1984-08-02) August 2, 1984 (age 30)
Lisbon (Portugal)
2014 GP2 Series
Debut season 2009
Current team Rapax
Car no. 20
Former teams Trident Racing
Starts 42
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Best finish 26th in 2009
Previous series
2010
2008–09
2002, 200508
2007
2001
FIA Formula Two
GP2 Asia Series
British Formula Three
ATS Formel 3 Cup
FBMW Junior Cup Iberia

Ricardo Teixeira (born August 2, 1984 in Lisbon, Portugal) is a Portuguese-Angolan racing driver. He holds dual nationality and has raced under both nationalities at various points in his career. He was the first Angolan driver to drive a Formula 1 car when he was announced as a test driver for Team Lotus for 2011. He has been sponsored throughout his career by the Angolan oil company Sonangol.

Career[edit]

Formula BMW[edit]

Teixeira began his formula racing career in 2001 by driving in the Formula BMW Junior Cup in Portugal. He finished in 20th position in the drivers' championship.

Formula Three[edit]

Teixeira moved to the National Class of the British Formula Three Championship in 2002, but did not start a race that year. In 2003 he raced occasionally in the BRSCC's ARP Formula Three Championship, taking one win and three podiums finish at club racing level.

He returned to the British Championship in 2005 after taking a couple of years out for study with the Carlin Motorsport team, finishing ninth in the National Class. The following season, he improved to seventh, despite switching teams to Performance Racing Europe part-way through the year finishing twice in the podium. In 2007, he moved up to the Championship Class of the series with Performance Racing, scoring no points. For 2008, he moved to the Ultimate Motorsport team's Mygale chassis. Teixeira also competed in two races of the German ATS Formel 3 Cup in 2007, and has driven in two Masters of Formula Three races, with a best finish of 24th.

GP2 Series[edit]

Teixeira was signed by the Trident Racing team to drive in the fifth and sixth rounds of the 2008–09 GP2 Asia Series season. He replaced Frankie Provenzano, and was the seventh competitor to drive one of the team's two entries. He was the first Angolan driver to compete at this level of motorsport. Trident kept a hold of Teixeira for the 2009 GP2 Series. He became the first driver to not qualify for an event since Christian Bakkerud in 2007, as he did not lap within 107% of Romain Grosjean's pole position time, in Monaco.[1] He did not score any points and finished the championship in 26th position.

After two years away from the series, first in Formula Two and then as a test driver for the Lotus Formula One team, Teixeira returned to GP2 by signing with the Rapax team for the 2012 season, in which he partnered Tom Dillmann. After ten races, and with a best finish of 13th, he was replaced by Daniël de Jong after suffering from illness.[2] He returned to action for the next round at Silverstone, with De Jong taking Dillmann's seat instead.[3] Teixeira eventually finished 29th in the championship, having scored no points.

Formula Two[edit]

Teixeira moved to the FIA Formula Two Championship for 2010. He finished fifth in his third race in the series, at Marrakech, but suffered a spectacular aerial accident in the following race when he collided with Ivan Samarin under braking for a chicane. Teixeira was uninjured in the accident.[4] Over the course of the season he amassed 23 points to finish 16th in the drivers' championship: his best showing in any series since 2006.

Formula One[edit]

After driving for Team Lotus in pre-season testing for the 2011 season, Teixeira was confirmed as a test driver for the team in March 2011.[5]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2001 Formula BMW Junior Cup Iberia 3 0 0 0 0 28 20th
2002 British Formula Three Scholarship Class Essential Motorsport 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2003 ARP Formula 3 Championship Rowan Racing 5 2 1 2 4 47 8th
2005 British Formula Three National Class Carlin Motorsport 16 0 0 0 0 61 9th
2006 British Formula Three National Class Carlin Motorsport 14 0 0 1 2 74 7th
Performance Racing Europe
2007 British Formula Three Performance Racing Europe 18 0 0 0 0 0 20th
ATS Formel 3 Cup Rennsport Rössler 1 0 0 0 0 2 23rd
Masters of Formula 3 Performance Racing Europe 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 24th
2008 British Formula Three Ultimate Motorsport 20 0 0 0 0 0 21st
Masters of Formula 3 Ultimate Motorsport 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
2008–09 GP2 Asia Series Trident Racing 4 0 0 0 0 0 38th
2009 GP2 Series Trident Racing 18 0 0 0 0 0 26th
2010 Formula Two MotorSport Vision 18 0 0 0 0 23 16th
2011 Formula One Team Lotus Test and official reserve driver
2012 GP2 Series Rapax 22 0 0 0 0 0 29th
2013 GP2 Series Trident Racing 4 0 0 0 0 0 34th
2014 Auto GP World Series Super Nova International 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC

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 22 23 24 DC Points
2009 Trident Racing ESP
FEA

Ret
ESP
SPR

20
MON
FEA

DNQ
MON
SPR

DNQ
TUR
FEA

14
TUR
SPR

18
GBR
FEA

Ret
GBR
SPR

18
GER
FEA

Ret
GER
SPR

15
HUN
FEA

Ret
HUN
SPR

19
VAL
FEA

Ret
VAL
SPR

14
BEL
FEA

Ret
BEL
SPR

14
ITA
FEA

16
ITA
SPR

14
POR
FEA

15
POR
SPR

21
26th 0
2012 Rapax MYS
FEA

21
MYS
SPR

24
BHR1
FEA

17
BHR1
SPR

13
BHR2
FEA

23
BHR2
SPR

20
ESP
FEA

Ret
ESP
SPR

23
MON
FEA

20
MON
SPR

Ret
VAL
FEA
VAL
SPR
GBR
FEA

18
GBR
SPR

15
GER
FEA

DSQ
GER
SPR

16
HUN
FEA

19
HUN
SPR

20
BEL
FEA

18
BEL
SPR

15
ITA
FEA

20
ITA
SPR

18
SGP
FEA

17
SGP
SPR

21
29th 0
2013 Trident Racing MYS
FEA

MYS
SPR

BHR
FEA

BHR
SPR

ESP
FEA

ESP
SPR

MON
FEA

MON
SPR

GBR
FEA

GBR
SPR

GER
FEA

GER
SPR

HUN
FEA

19
HUN
SPR

19
BEL
FEA

21
BEL
SPR

24
ITA
FEA

ITA
SPR

SGP
FEA

SGP
SPR

ABU
FEA

ABU
SPR

34th 0

Complete GP2 Asia 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 DC Points
2008–09 Trident Racing CHN
FEA
CHN
SPR
DUB
FEA
DUB
SPR
BHR1
FEA
BHR1
SPR
QAT
FEA
QAT
SPR
MYS
FEA

17
MYS
SPR

19
BHR2
FEA

17
BHR2
SPR

Ret
38th 0

Complete Formula Two results[edit]

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

Year No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 DC Points
2010 19 SIL
1

17
SIL
2

14
MAR
1

5
MAR
2

Ret
MON
1

16
MON
2

13
ZOL
1

9
ZOL
2

Ret
ALG
1

6
ALG
2

Ret
BRH
1

16
BRH
2

16
BRN
1

9
BRN
2

Ret
OSC
1

10
OSC
2

16
VAL
1

14
VAL
2

Ret
16th 23

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 15 16 Pos Points
2014 Super Nova International MAR
1

MAR
2

LEC
1

WD
LEC
2

WD
HUN
1

HUN
2

MNZ
1

MNZ
2

IMO
1

IMO
2

RBR
1

RBR
2

NÜR
1

NÜR
2

EST
1

EST
2

NC 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Glendenning, Mark (21 May 2009). "Grosjean on pole again in Monaco". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 22 May 2009. 
  2. ^ "De Jong to stand in for Teixeira in Valencia's GP2 races". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). 2012-06-20. Retrieved 2012-06-28. 
  3. ^ "Dillmann to miss Silverstone". crash.net (Crash Media Group). 2012-07-05. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  4. ^ English, Steven (2010-05-02). "Teixeira walks away from aerial crash". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  5. ^ "2011 Test Driver Line-up". teamlotus.co.uk (Team Lotus). 11 March 2011. Retrieved 8 April 2011. 

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