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) 2 August 1984 (age 32)
Lisbon, Portugal
Current team Rapax
GP2 Series
Years active 2009, 2012-13
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 3
ATS Formel 3 Cup
FBMW Junior Cup Iberia

Ricardo Teixeira (born 2 August 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 3 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, one in FIA Formula Two Championship 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.

FIA Formula Two Championship[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 3 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 3 National Class Carlin Motorsport 16 0 0 0 0 61 9th
2006 British Formula 3 National Class Carlin Motorsport 14 0 0 1 2 74 7th
Performance Racing Europe
2007 British Formula 3 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 3 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 0 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 CAT
FEA

Ret
CAT
SPR

20
MON
FEA

DNQ
MON
SPR

DNQ
IST
FEA

14
IST
SPR

18
SIL
FEA

Ret
SIL
SPR

18
NÜR
FEA

Ret
NÜR
SPR

15
HUN
FEA

Ret
HUN
SPR

19
VAL
FEA

Ret
VAL
SPR

14
SPA
FEA

Ret
SPA
SPR

14
MNZ
FEA

16
MNZ
SPR

14
ALG
FEA

15
ALG
SPR

21
26th 0
2012 Rapax SEP
FEA

21
SEP
SPR

24
BHR1
FEA

17
BHR1
SPR

13
BHR2
FEA

23
BHR2
SPR

20
CAT
FEA

Ret
CAT
SPR

23
MON
FEA

20
MON
SPR

Ret
VAL
FEA
VAL
SPR
SIL
FEA

18
SIL
SPR

15
HOC
FEA

DSQ
HOC
SPR

16
HUN
FEA

19
HUN
SPR

20
SPA
FEA

18
SPA
SPR

15
MNZ
FEA

20
MNZ
SPR

18
MRN
FEA

17
MRN
SPR

21
29th 0
2013 Trident Racing SEP
FEA
SEP
SPR
BHR
FEA
BHR
SPR
CAT
FEA
CAT
SPR
MON
FEA
MON
SPR
SIL
FEA
SIL
SPR
NÜR
FEA
NÜR
SPR
HUN
FEA

19
HUN
SPR

19
SPA
FEA

21
SPA
SPR

24
MNZ
FEA
MNZ
SPR
MRN
FEA
MRN
SPR
YMC
FEA
YMC
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 SHI
FEA
SHI
SPR
DUB
FEA
DUB
SPR
BHR1
FEA
BHR1
SPR
LSL
FEA
LSL
SPR
SEP
FEA

17
SEP
SPR

19
BHR2
FEA

17
BHR2
SPR

Ret
38th 0

Complete FIA Formula Two Championship 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 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. 20 June 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Dillmann to miss Silverstone". crash.net. Crash Media Group. 5 July 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  4. ^ English, Steven (2 May 2010). "Teixeira walks away from aerial crash". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "2011 Test Driver Line-up". teamlotus.co.uk. Team Lotus. 11 March 2011. Archived from the original on 13 March 2011. Retrieved 8 April 2011. 

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