Ricardo Zonta  Brazil

  • Full name Ricardo Luiz Zonta
  • Birth date March 23, 1976
  • Birthplace Curitiba, Brazil
  • Current age 38 years 216 days
  • Height 1.72 m
  • Weight 64 kg
  • Teams BAR, Jordan, Toyota
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World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1999 BAR 13 12 0 0 5 8 0 0 10 0 0 0 -
2000 BAR 17 17 0 0 10 6 0 0 6 0 0 3 14
2001 Jordan 2 2 0 0 1 7 0 0 12 0 0 0 -
2004 Toyota 5 5 0 0 3 10 0 0 11 0 0 0 -
2005 Toyota 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 13 0 0 0 -
Total 38 36 0 0 19 6 0 0 6 0 0 3
Race Circuit Date
First race Australian Grand Prix Albert Park March 7, 1999 Race results
Last race United States Grand Prix Indianapolis June 19, 2005 Race results
Profile

Ricardo Zonta won the South American Formula Three crown in 1995, then landed a Formula 3000 ride for 1996. He duly won the title in 1997. Mercedes signed him for 1998 and he won the FIA GT title. A Formula One ride for BAR produced no points, but he progressed in 2000, although tension with Jacques Villeneuve led to his dismissal. Ricardo won the Dallara Nissan World Series in 2002, before becoming test driver for Toyota's Formula One team in 2003. Towards the end of the season, the team sacked Cristiano da Matta from a race seat, and Zonta drove in four grands prix. In Belgium a brilliant fourth place went beckoning when engine failure struck three laps from the end. In Suzuka, the team hired Jarno Trulli and Zonta had to sit the event out, but Zonta competed in his home race, the Brazilian Grand Prix, which he finished in 13th. He continued as a test driver for Toyota in 2005, alongside veteran French pilot Olivier Panis. At the US Grand Prix later that year, he stood in for an injured Ralf Schumacher and took his place on the grid, only for Toyota, like the other six Michelin-shod teams, to withdraw from the race due to safety concerns. Zonta continue with Toyota as the team's third and test driver, before moving to Renault in 2007 in a similar capacity. That year he also entered the Stock Car Brasil series, and in 2008 he contested the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Peugeot Sport. He continued driving in the Grand Am Championship in America with Krohn Racng and is Team owner and Driver of Panasonic racing in the stock car series in Brazil.

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February 7, 2007

Formula One World Championship, Ricardo Zonta, 2007

June 17, 2005

Ricardo Zonta spins off during practice

August 29, 1999

Ricardo Zonta has a big accident at Eau Rouge during practice for the 1999 Belgian Grand Prix

     

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