Tarso Marques

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Tarso Marques
Tarso Marques 2007 Curitiba.jpg
Marques in 2007, as a Stock Car Brasil driver
Born (1976-01-19) 19 January 1976 (age 38)
Curitiba, Brazil
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Brazil Brazilian
Active years 19961997, 2001
Teams Minardi
Races 26 (24 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1996 Brazilian Grand Prix
Last race 2001 Belgian Grand Prix

Tarso Anibal Santanna Marques (born January 19, 1976 in Curitiba) is a racing driver from Brazil. He participated in 24 Formula One Grands Prix, debuting on March 31, 1996. He scored no championship points in three separate seasons, all driving for the Minardi team, never completing a full year in Formula One.

Career[edit]

After five years of karting, Marques raced in Formula Chevrolet in his home country aged only 16, and he won the title at his first attempt. In 1993 he moved up to Formula Three Sudamericana and subsequently European Formula 3000, and became the youngest driver to win races at both levels. In 1996, he started racing for Minardi in Formula One, competing with various drivers for the seat over the following two years, including Giancarlo Fisichella, Jarno Trulli and Pedro Lamy. Minardi's financial situation demanded that drivers with strong sponsorship were generally favoured, and there were several driver changes in the team at that time.

In 1999, he moved stateside to drive in the American Champ Car ranks, and caught the eye of legendary team-owner Roger Penske. When two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. was injured, Penske asked him to fill in. His best finish was 9th. In 2000, 2004, and 2005, he drove sporadically in that series for perennial hopeful team owner Dale Coyne, with a best result of 11th.

Marques returned to Formula One in 2001 to race alongside future World Champion Fernando Alonso in the Minardi team, newly purchased by Paul Stoddart. He finished the season ahead of the Spaniard but it was a difficult season for Marques, with the team's financial difficulties not always allowing equal equipment for both drivers. Marques was employed under the provision that another driver with more sponsorship money could replace him at any point in the season, and that prospect was realised towards the end of the year, when Minardi replaced Marques with Alex Yoong. But even though he was replaced with 3 races to go Fernando Alonso was still unable to beat his impressive results while always having the latest updates through the season.

Tarso was also offered to drive for Ferrari during his short time at Minardi to replace Eddie Irvine after a year with Sauber first. But he already signed a 5-year contract for Minardi and he was unable to break it as the team were demanding cheap engines from Ferrari as a trade.

Since his last Champ Car outing in 2005, Marques has returned to South America to drive in the TC2000 and Stock Car Brasil touring car championships.

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 DC Points
1994 Vortex Motorsport SIL
13
PAU
Ret
CAT
DNS
PER
12
HOC
10
SPA
8
EST
12
MAG
4
15th 3
1995 DAMS SIL
12
CAT
3
PAU
Ret
PER
Ret
HOC
Ret
SPA
5
EST
1
MAG
Ret
5th 15

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
1996 Minardi Team Minardi M195B Ford V8 AUS BRA
Ret
ARG
Ret
EUR SMR MON ESP CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR JPN NC 0
1997 Minardi Team Minardi M197 Hart V8 AUS BRA ARG SMR MON ESP CAN FRA
Ret
GBR
10
GER
Ret
HUN
12
BEL
Ret
ITA
14
AUT
EX
LUX
Ret
JPN
Ret
EUR
15
NC 0
2001 European Minardi F1 Minardi PS01 European V10 AUS
Ret
MAL
14
BRA
9
SAN
Ret
ESP
16
AUT
Ret
MON
Ret
CAN
9
EUR
Ret
FRA
15
GBR
DNQ
GER
Ret
22nd 0
Minardi PS01B HUN
Ret
BEL
13
ITA USA JPN

American Open-Wheel[edit]

(key)

CART/Champ Car[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Rank Points
1999 Penske MIA MOT
14
LBH
Ret
NAZ RIO
9
GAT
Ret
MIL POR
18
CLE
Ret
ROA TOR MIC DET MDO CHI VAN LS HOU SRF FON 27th 4
2000 Dale Coyne MIA LBH
WDN
RIO MOT
16
NAZ
12
MIL
Ret
DET
10
POR
15
CLE
Ret
TOR
Ret
MIC
12
CHI
Ret
MDO
Ret
ROA
Ret
VAN
Ret
LS
18
GAT
15
HOU
Ret
SRF
13
FON
7
25th 11
2004 Dale Coyne LBH
18
MTY
18
MIL POR CLE TOR VAN ROA DEN MTL LS LVS SRF MXC
18
22nd 9^
2005 Dale Coyne LBH MTY MIL POR CLE
11
TOR EDM SJO DEN MTL LVS SRF MXC   24th 10

^ New points system implemented in 2004.

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