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Ralph Firman
Ralph Firman 2008 Super GT.jpg
Nationality Republic of Ireland Irish
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 2003
Teams Jordan
Races 15 (14 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 1
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 2003 Australian Grand Prix
Last race 2003 Japanese Grand Prix
Nationality United Kingdom British
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 2004
Teams Racing for Holland
Best finish NC
Class wins 0

Ralph David Firman Jr. (born 20 May 1975 in Norwich, Norfolk, England) is an English-born racing driver who races under Irish citizenship (his mother Angela is from Ireland) and an Irish-issued racing licence. Earlier in his career he raced under a British licence. His father, Ralph Firman Sr., co-founded the Van Diemen racecar constructor with Ross Ambrose, father of NASCAR racer Marcos, then more recently founded RFR. He is married to Aldís Kristín Árnadóttir, an Icelandic UK-educated lawyer. Ralph's sister, Natasha, is also a racing driver.

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Career

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Formula Three

Firman driving for Paul Stewart Racing at Silverstone during the 1995 British Formula Three Championship season.

Educated at Gresham's School between 1988 and 1993, Firman went straight into motor racing on leaving school and won the 1996 British Formula Three Championship, at his second attempt.

Macau Grand Prix controversy

Firman won the prestigious Macau Grand Prix in 1996 under controversial circumstances. At the end of round 1, Firman finished ahead of German Formula 3 champion Jarno Trulli. In round 2, he was overtaken by Trulli on the last lap. Firman was running with a broken front wing. Just as Jarno Trulli was on the way to victory, Firman crashed at the hairpin corner, blocked the track and caused a red flag. The race officials counted the results to the previous lap when Firman was ahead of Trulli, thus giving him the win.

Formula Nippon

Firman then moved to Japan, culminating in the 2002 Formula Nippon championship, before returning to Europe.

Formula One

Firman driving for Jordan at the 2003 French GP.

Firman secured a seat in Formula One for the 2003 season at the Jordan team, alongside Giancarlo Fisichella. He participated in 14 Formula One grands prix, debuting at the 2003 Australian Grand Prix. He scored one championship point, in the 2003 Spanish Grand Prix. He was injured in a huge crash during practice for the 2003 Hungarian Grand Prix which forced him to sit out this and the next race, in which he was replaced by Zsolt Baumgartner.

Post-Formula One

Firman has also competed in the Le Mans 24 Hours, and was an official test driver for the A1 Grand Prix series in August 2004.

In August 2005, it was announced that he would be the driver for A1 Team Ireland. He had previously been seen to be in competition for the Great Britain seat.

In 2007, Firman, along with Daisuke Ito, won the Japan Super GT GT500 class championship with the Aguri Suzuki co-owned ARTA team. Firman and Ito won the championship before the final race of the season, a first in the series' competitive history.

Racing career

Complete Formula One results

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
2003 Jordan Ford Jordan EJ13 Ford V10 AUS
Ret
MAL
10
BRA
Ret
SMR
Ret
ESP
8
AUT
11
MON
12
CAN
Ret
EUR
11
FRA
15
GBR
13
GER
Ret
HUN
DNS
ITA
USA
Ret
JPN
14
20th 1

Complete A1 Grand Prix results

(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 DC Points
2005–06 Ireland GBR
SPR

GBR
FEA

GER
SPR

9
GER
FEA

6
POR
SPR

19
POR
FEA

3
AUS
SPR

AUS
FEA

MYS
SPR

7
MYS
FEA

9
UAE
SPR

4
UAE
FEA

Ret
RSA
SPR

4
RSA
FEA

Ret
IDN
SPR

6
IDN
FEA

Ret
MEX
SPR

Ret
MEX
FEA

Ret
USA
SPR

5
USA
FEA

6
CHN
SPR

CHN
FEA

8th 68
2007–08 NED
SPR

8
NED
FEA

6
CZE
SPR

CZE
FEA

MYS
SPR

MYS
FEA

ZHU
SPR

ZHU
FEA

NZL
SPR

NZL
FEA

AUS
SPR

AUS
FEA

RSA
SPR

RSA
FEA

MEX
SPR

MEX
FEA

SHA
SPR

SHA
FEA

GBR
SPR

GBR
SPR

6th 94

External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Oliver Gavin
British Formula Three
Champion

1996
Succeeded by
Jonny Kane
Preceded by
Ralf Schumacher
Macau Grand Prix
Winner

1996
Succeeded by
Soheil Ayari
Preceded by
Satoshi Motoyama
Formula Nippon
Champion

2002
Succeeded by
Satoshi Motoyama
Preceded by
Juichi Wakisaka
André Lotterer
Super GT・GT500
Champion

2007 with:
Daisuke Ito
Succeeded by
Satoshi Motoyama
Benoît Tréluyer
Awards
Preceded by
Dario Franchitti
McLaren Autosport BRDC Award
1993
Succeeded by
Jamie Davies

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