Antonio Pizzonia Biography: Antonio Reginaldo Pizzonia Junior is a professional racing driver from Brazil who has competed in Formula One and the Champ Car World Series.
Antonio Pizzonia Biography
Antonio Pizzonia Biography: Antonio Pizzonia was born on 11 September 1980 in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. He began his racing career in the Formula Vauxhall Junior series in 1997. He progressed through various junior formulae, winning the Formula Vauxhall Junior and Formula Renault Winter Festivals in 1998, the Formula Renault 2.0 UK in 1999, and the British Formula 3 Championship in 2000.
He raced in Formula 3000 in 2001 and 2002, finishing sixth in the championship in 2001. He was signed by the Jaguar Formula One team in 2003 but was released during the season due to poor results. In 2004, he filled in for the injured Ralf Schumacher at Williams in several races, earning his maiden Formula One points. He took over for Nick Heidfeld at Williams in 2005 but was let go at the end of the season. He has since competed in other series, including the Champ Car World Series, Superleague Formula, Stock Car Brasil, and the FIA GT1 World Championship.
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|Date Of Birth||11 September 1980|
|Birth Place||Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil|
|Net Worth||$5 Million|
Antonio Pizzonia F1 Career
In 2002, Pizzonia got hired by Williams as a test driver, but he continued to compete in F3000, finishing eighth. He was recruited by the Jaguar team to partner Mark Webber in 2003, replacing the axed Pedro de la Rosa, following his impressive performances in testing. However, after a series of poor results, he was replaced by Justin Wilson of Minardi late in the season. He returned to Williams in 2004 as a test driver. Before the German Grand Prix, it was announced that Pizzonia would replace Marc Gené, who had been standing in for the injured Ralf Schumacher. He placed seventh at the German Grand Prix to earn the first two points of his career; he repeated the feat at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
In Belgium, he briefly led an F1 race for the first time but could not complete the race due to a gearbox malfunction while in third position. With the announcement of Ralf Schumacher’s return for the Chinese Grand Prix, Pizzonia’s racing was over for the year. During the Italian Grand Prix, he achieved the fastest-ever recorded top speed in a Formula One race (369.9 km/h) until Juan Pablo Montoya broke this record the following year.
Before the 2005 season, Pizzonia and Nick Heidfeld were in a virtual shootout for the second race seat at Williams alongside Webber. Heidfeld was granted the seat despite Pizzonia’s experience with the team and the financial support of Petrobras. Pizzonia was still a test driver for Williams. When Heidfeld complained of migraines after being concussed during the Friday Practice Session at Monza, Pizzonia was allowed to race. Having not competed in an F1 race since the 2004 Italian Grand Prix, the Brazilian qualified sixteenth and repeated his 2004 result by finishing seventh and earning two points.
He later competed in the Belgian Grand Prix, where he was penalized for taking out second-placed Juan Pablo Montoya on the final lap. Pizzonia also drove in the Brazilian Grand Prix, but his race was over before the first turn when a collision with David Coulthard caused him to crash into his teammate, Mark Webber. Despite rumors that GP2 champion Nico Rosberg would be given a chance in the season’s final two races, Pizzonia concluded the season for Williams. He retired from the Japanese Grand Prix after a somersault and from the Chinese Grand Prix after a puncture, although he was classified as a finisher. Pizzonia’s Formula One career was over after he was succeeded by Nico Rosberg in 2006.