Chico Serra

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Chico Serra
Chico Serra 2007 Mil Milhas Brasil.jpg
Serra in 2007
Born (1957-02-03) 3 February 1957 (age 65)
São Paulo, Brazil
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityBrazil Brazilian
Active years19811983
TeamsFittipaldi, Arrows
Entries33 (18 starts)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points1
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1981 United States Grand Prix West
Last entry1983 Monaco Grand Prix

Francisco "Chico" Serra (born 3 February 1957) is a Brazilian racing driver.

Biography[edit]

Serra made his mark in International motorsport when he won the 1979 British Formula 3 Championship, one season after his compatriot Nelson Piquet had won the title. His performance caught the eye of Emerson Fittipaldi, he himself a British Formula 3 Championship winner in 1969, who signed him for his Formula One team Fittipaldi.

Serra debuted alongside Keke Rosberg on 15 March 1981 in Long Beach, finishing seventh. Serra's result would turn out to be the best one for the team over the rest of the season. In 1982, with Rosberg moving to Williams, Fittipaldi resized the operation, fielding only one car for Serra. Serra scored his first championship point for finishing sixth in the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix. At the 1982 Canadian Grand Prix, Serra and countryman Raul Boesel made headlines for having a short scuffle after the qualifying session. Serra was furious at Boesel for blocking his last flying lap after waving Rosberg by.[1] Boesel denied that this was intentional. Fittipaldi's lack of pace meant that Serra occasionally failed to qualify. As the best of the non-qualified drivers, he was in contention for starting the 1982 Swiss Grand Prix after Ferrari withdrew Patrick Tambay's entry but FIA rejected Serra's request on the ground that Ferrari announced Tambay's retirement, who on Sunday morning did not feel well enough to race, too late.[2]

In 1983 Serra raced for Arrows. Despite scoring three top-ten finishes in his first four outings with the team, he was released after the 1983 Monaco Grand Prix and replaced with Thierry Boutsen. Overall Serra participated in 33 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix.

Following the end of his Formula One career, Serra made one CART Champ Car start in 1985 at the Portland International Raceway for Ensign Racing but suffered an engine failure.[3]

Serra has participated in Brazilian stock car racing since the 1980s and was series champion in 1999, 2000 and 2001.

Serra was a good friend of Ayrton Senna as they both climbed the motorsport ladder at the same time. In 1981 Serra recommend Senna to Ralph Firman, who had his team in the Formula Ford 1600.[4] In 1994 Serra refused to attend Senna's funeral. In an interview with the Brazilian magazine Grid he said that he disliked the hypocrisy surrounding the event. "There was too much pretence, which made me sick. Some people came a long way just to use the situation for their own good. These people never helped him, and they wanted to make us believe that they were great friends who were suffering so much. Going to the funeral was more beneficial to them than winning at Indianapolis".[5]

Serra is the father of racing driver Daniel Serra.[6]

Complete Formula One World Championship 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
1981 Fittipaldi Automotive Fittipaldi F8C Cosworth V8 USW
7
BRA
Ret
ARG
Ret
SMR
DNQ
BEL
Ret
MON
DNQ
ESP
11
FRA
DNS
GBR
DNQ
GER
DNQ
AUT NED
DNQ
ITA
DNQ
CAN
DNQ
CPL
DNQ
NC 0
1982 Fittipaldi Automotive Fittipaldi F8D Cosworth V8 RSA
17
BRA
Ret
USW
DNQ
SMR BEL
6
MON
DNPQ
DET
11
CAN
DNQ
NED
Ret
GBR
Ret
26th 1
Fittipaldi F9 FRA
DNQ
GER
11
AUT
7
SUI
DNQ
ITA
11
CPL
DNQ
1983 Arrows Racing Team Arrows A6 Cosworth V8 BRA
9
USW FRA
Ret
SMR
8
MON
7
BEL DET CAN GBR GER AUT NED ITA EUR RSA NC 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Raul Boesel vs Chico Serra fight on YouTube
  2. ^ af Peterséns, Fredrik (1982-09-08). "Två lopp kvar - nu vinner Keke!" [Two races left - now Keke wins!]. Teknikens Värld (in Swedish). Vol. 34, no. 19. Stockholm, Sweden: Specialtidningsförlaget AB. p. 9.
  3. ^ Chico Serra, Champ Car Stats, retrieved 2011-12-30
  4. ^ "40 years ago, Senna made his first race in motorsport | SENNA - Memories from a Life". 2 March 2021.
  5. ^ Richard Williams, The Death of Ayrton Senna, London: Penguin Books, 2010.
  6. ^ "Daniel Serra". Red Bull. Retrieved 18 June 2017.
Sporting positions
Preceded by Formula Ford Festival
Winner

1977
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Nelson Piquet
1978 BARC Series Champion
British Formula Three Champion
1979
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Derek Warwick
1978 BRDC Series Champion
Preceded by Stock Car Brasil
Champion

1999–2001
Succeeded by