Antônio Pizzonia

Antônio Pizzonia
Pizzonia at the 2004 Italian Grand Prix
NationalityBrazil Brazilian
BornAntônio Reginaldo Pizzonia Júnior
(1980-09-11) 11 September 1980 (age 43)
Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil
Auto GP career
Debut season2012
Current teamZele Racing
Racing licence FIA Gold
Formula One World Championship career
Active years20032005
TeamsJaguar, Williams
Entries20
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points8
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry2003 Australian Grand Prix
Last entry2005 Chinese Grand Prix

Antônio Reginaldo Pizzonia Júnior (born 11 September 1980) is a Brazilian professional racing driver who has raced in Formula One and the Champ Car World Series. Born in Manaus, he started his car racing career in the Formula Vauxhall Junior series in 1997 and then progressed through various junior formulae, winning the Formula Vauxhall Junior Winter Festival in 1997, the Formula Vauxhall Junior and Formula Renault Winter Festival in 1998, the Formula Renault 2.0 UK in 1999, and the British Formula 3 Championship in 2000.

For 2001 and 2002, he entered the Formula 3000, with his best championship finish being sixth in 2001. In 2003, he was signed by the Jaguar Formula One team, but following poor results, was released during the season. In 2004, he replaced the injured Ralf Schumacher at Williams in several events, securing his first Formula One points in the process.

In 2005, he replaced Nick Heidfeld at Williams, but was released from his contract at the end of the season. Since then, he has competed in multiple series, such as the Champ Car World Series, the Superleague Formula, Stock Car Brasil, and the FIA GT1 World Championship.

Racing career

Pre-Formula One

From 1991 to 1996 he competed in various karting series. In 1997 he moved to Britain and competed in Formula Vauxhall Junior; Pizzonia placed second, and won the Winter Festival. In 1998, in addition to taking the Championship in Formula Vauxhall Junior, he won the Formula Renault Winter Festival.

His 1999 season was even more successful, winning the Formula Renault 2.0 UK series and finishing second in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup. In 2000, Pizzonia took five wins on his way to winning the British Formula 3 Championship. For 2001, Pizzonia switched to the Formula 3000 series, winning one race and finishing sixth in the championship.

Formula One

In 2002, Pizzonia was hired as test driver for Williams, but also continued in F3000, placing 8th. After impressive testing performances, he was signed by the Jaguar team to partner Mark Webber for 2003, replacing the axed Pedro de la Rosa . However, following a string of poor results, he was dropped late in the season and replaced by Minardi's Justin Wilson.

Pizzonia driving for Jaguar during the 2003 British Grand Prix.

In 2004 he returned to Williams as test driver. Before the German Grand Prix, it was announced that Pizzonia would take over from Marc Gené, who had been filling in for the injured Ralf Schumacher. At the German Grand Prix, he finished 7th to take his first 2 career points; he repeated the feat at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

In Belgium, he briefly led an F1 race for the first time, but failed to finish the race due to a gearbox problem, whilst running in 3rd place. He claimed a further 2 points in Italy (during which he achieved the fastest ever recorded top speed in a F1 race at the time, 369.9 km/h, until Juan Pablo Montoya eclipsed this record the following year), but with the announcement of Ralf Schumacher's return for the Chinese Grand Prix, Pizzonia's racing was over for the year.

Prior to the 2005 season, Pizzonia was in a virtual shoot-out with German Nick Heidfeld for the second race seat at Williams alongside Webber. Despite Pizzonia's experience with the team and financial support from Petrobras, Heidfeld was given the seat.

Pizzonia was still employed at Williams as a test driver, and when Heidfeld complained of headaches after being concussed in a crash during the Friday Practice Session at Monza, Pizzonia gained the chance to race. Having not entered an F1 race since the 2004 Italian Grand Prix, the Brazilian qualified 16th, coming through the field to emulate his 2004 race result — picking up 7th place and 2 points. He then raced in the Belgian Grand Prix. where he incurred a fine for taking out 2nd placed Juan Pablo Montoya just a few laps from the end. Pizzonia also took the drive in the Brazilian Grand Prix, but his race was over before the first corner after taking out his own teammate Mark Webber resulting from a collision with David Coulthard.

Despite some speculation that GP2 champion Nico Rosberg would be given an opportunity in the last two races of the season, Pizzonia completed the season for Williams. He retired from the Japanese Grand Prix early after spinning off, and retired from (but was classified as a finisher in) the Chinese Grand Prix after a puncture. Having been replaced by Nico Rosberg for 2006, Pizzonia's Formula One career was over.

Post-Formula One

In 2006, he drove for Paul Gentilozzi's Rocketsports team in the Champ Car World Series' Long Beach Grand Prix and returned to the team towards the end of the season for races where Tõnis Kasemets did not have sponsorship to race.

In 2007, Pizzonia was racing for Fisichella Motor Sport in the GP2 series. In May, he was dropped in favour of Adam Carroll after only scoring 1 point in 5 races. After that, he returned to Brazil and entered into competition in Stock Car Brasil, a Brazilian national championship, from July. He has competed in the series every year since then, and has also raced in Superleague Formula (SC Corinthians) and the FIA GT1 World Championship.

In 2012, Pizzonia made a one-off guest appearance in the Auto GP World Series when the championship visited the Brazilian Curitiba circuit. Driving for the Ombra Racing team, he won both races, immediately slotting himself into ninth position in the championship.

In 2014 and 2015, Pizzonia competed in the Auto GP series, with Zele Racing.

Pizzonia driving for HS Engineering during the Red Bull Ring round.

Pizzonia returned to open-wheel racing, in the BOSS GP series, with HS Engineering in a Gibson-engined Dallara T12, winning both races overall at the season-opener at Paul Ricard. He has subsequently won every race in his class. He won the Open class title at TT Circuit Assen.

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F.Laps Podiums Points Position
1996 Formula Vauxhall Junior Winter Series ? 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
1997 Formula Vauxhall Junior John Village Automotive 16 4 ? ? 4 142 2nd
Formula Vauxhall Junior Winter Series Lewis Motorsport 1 1 0 0 1 0 1st
1998 Formula Vauxhall Junior Lewis Motorsport 16 8 ? ? 8 186 1st
Formula Renault 2.0 UK Winter Series Manor Motorsport 4 4 ? 3 4 120 1st
1999 Eurocup Formula Renault Manor Motorsport 9 4 ? ? ? 196 2nd
Formula Renault 2.0 UK 13 11 12 ? 11 402 1st
2000 British Formula Three Championship Manor Motorsport 14 5 3 5 11 200 1st
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
FIA European Formula 3 Cup 1 0 0 0 0 0 20th
Formula One Mild Seven Benetton Playlife Test Driver
2001 International Formula 3000 Petrobras Junior Team 12 1 1 2 2 22 6th
2002 International Formula 3000 Petrobras Junior Team 12 0 0 0 1 17 8th
Formula One BMW WilliamsF1 Team Test Driver
2003 Formula One HSBC Jaguar Racing 12 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2004 Formula One BMW WilliamsF1 Team 4 0 0 0 0 6 15th
2005 Formula One BMW WilliamsF1 Team 5 0 0 0 0 2 22nd
2006 Champ Car World Series Rocketsports Racing 4 0 0 0 0 43 18th
2007 GP2 Series FMS International 5 0 0 0 0 1 27th
Stock Car Brasil RS Competições 8 0 0 0 0 1 40th
2008 Superleague Formula SC Corinthians 10 0 0 1 1 264 9th
Stock Car Brasil Cimed Racing 10 0 0 0 0 6 31st
Champ Car World Series Rocketsports Racing 1 0 0 1 0 0 NC
2009 Stock Car Brasil Amir Nasr Racing 6 0 0 0 1 51 15th
Superleague Formula SC Corinthians 15 0 3 3 3 264 8th
2010 Stock Car Brasil Hot Car Competições 11 0 0 1 1 31 23rd
GT Brasil CRT Brasil 14 0 0 1 2 90 16th
2011 Stock Car Brasil Amir Nasr Racing 2 0 0 1 0 6 26th
Brasileiro de Marcas 2 0 0 0 0 17 28th
GT Brasil CRT Brasil 2 0 0 1 0 7 23rd
Superleague Formula Team Brazil 5 0 0 1 2 102 8th
2012 Stock Car Brasil Comprafácil Nascar JF 12 0 0 0 0 83 15th
Campeonato Brasileiro de GT Mottin Racing 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
American Le Mans Series - LMP2 Conquest Endurance 1 0 0 0 1 0 NC
Auto GP World Series Ombra Racing 4 2 0 0 2 45 9th
2013 FIA World Endurance Championship - LMP2 Delta-ADR 2 1 1 0 1 25 15th
Rolex Sports Car Series - DP Michael Shank Racing 5 0 0 0 0 102 22nd
2014 Stock Car Brasil Prati-Donaduzzi 20 2 0 1 2 158.5 9th
Auto GP World Series Zele Racing 2 0 0 1 1 25 14th
Brasileiro de Marcas Amir Nasr Racing 1 0 0 1 0 0 NC
2015 Stock Car Brasil Prati-Donaduzzi 21 0 0 0 0 95 18th
Auto GP World Series Zele Racing 4 2 1 2 4 79 1st
2016 FIA World Endurance Championship - LMP2 Manor Motorsport 1 0 0 0 0 10 27th
Brasileiro de Marcas C2 Team 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
Porsche Endurance Series - Cup ? 1 0 0 0 0 40 37th
2017 Stock Car Brasil Prati-Donaduzzi 22 0 0 0 1 124 13th
2018 Stock Car Brasil Prati-Donaduzzi 22 0 0 1 0 44 21st
2021 Porsche Endurance Series ? 1 1 0 0 1 116 7th
2023 BOSS GP - Open Class HS Engineering 10 10 5 10 10 260 1st*

Complete International Formula 3000 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 DC Points
2001 Petrobras Junior Team INT
9
IMO
4
CAT
6
A1R
4
MON
Ret
NÜR
6
MAG
10
SIL
3
HOC
1
HUN
Ret
SPA
8
MNZ
Ret
6th 22
2002 Petrobras Junior Team INT
4
IMO
4
CAT
10
A1R
7
MON
4
NÜR
3
SIL
5
MAG
4
HOC
Ret
HUN
Ret
SPA
Ret
MNZ
DSQ
8th 18

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 17 18 19 WDC Points
2003 Jaguar Racing F1 Team Jaguar R4 Cosworth V10 AUS
13
MAL
Ret
BRA
Ret
SMR
14
ESP
Ret
AUT
9
MON
Ret
CAN
10
EUR
10
FRA
10
GBR
Ret
GER HUN ITA USA JPN 21st 0
2004 BMW WilliamsF1 Team Williams FW26 BMW P84 3.0 V10 AUS MAL BHR SMR ESP MON EUR CAN USA FRA GBR GER
7
HUN
7
BEL
Ret
ITA
7
CHN JPN BRA 15th 6
2005 BMW WilliamsF1 Team Williams FW27 BMW P84/5 3.0 V10 AUS MAL BHR SMR ESP MON EUR CAN USA FRA GBR GER HUN TUR ITA
7
BEL
15
BRA
Ret
JPN
Ret
CHN
13
22nd 2

Driver did not finish the Grand Prix, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance.

American open wheel Racing

(key)

Complete Champ Car results

Yr Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Rank Points Ref
2006 Rocketsports LBH
10
HOU MTY MIL POR CLE TOR EDM SJO DEN MTL
11
ROA SRF
10
MXC
12
18th 43

IndyCar

Year Team Chassis No. Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Rank Points Ref
2008 Rocketsports Panoz DP01 9 Cosworth HMS STP MOT1 LBH1
16
KAN IND MIL TXS IOW RIR WGL NSH MDO EDM KTY SNM DET CHI SRF2 45th 0

¹ Run on same day
² Non-points-paying, exhibition race

Complete GP2 Series 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 DC Points
2007 Petrol Ofisi FMS International BHR
FEA

16
BHR
SPR

Ret
CAT
FEA

Ret
CAT
SPR

8
MON
FEA

8
FRA
FEA
FRA
SPR
GBR
FEA
GBR
SPR
EUR
FEA
EUR
SPR
HUN
FEA
HUN
SPR
TUR
FEA
TUR
SPR
ITA
FEA
ITA
SPR
BEL
FEA
BEL
SPR
VAL
FEA
VAL
SPR
27th 1

Superleague Formula

2008–2009

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Operator 1 2 3 4 5 6 Position Points
2008 SC Corinthians EuroInternational DON NÜR ZOL EST VAL JER 9th 264
7 10 10 18 4 4 6 16 12 2
2009 Alan Docking Racing MAG ZOL DON EST MOZ JAR 8th 264
4 9 17 12 3 8 3 5 10 9 14 18

2009 Super Final Results

  • Super Final results in 2009 did not count for points towards the main championship.
Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6
2009 SC Corinthians
Alan Docking Racing
MAG
3
ZOL
N/A
DON
4
EST
5
MOZ
N/A
JAR
DNQ

2011

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Operator 1 2 Position Points
2011 Brazil Alan Docking Racing HOL BEL 8th 102
8 3 2 9 12 X

Brazilian competitions

Stock Car Brasil

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Rank Pts.
2007 RS Competições Volkswagen Bora INT CTB CGD INT LON
33
SCZ
15
CTB
DNQ
BSB
Ret
ARG
DSQ
TAR
Ret
RIO
Ret
INT
18
40th 1
2008 K-Med Racing Peugeot 307 SAO
15
BSB
Ret
CTB
DSQ
SCZ
Ret
CGD
14
SAO
24
RIO
16
LON
Ret
CTB BSB
18
TAR SAO
11
31st 8
2009 Amir Nasr Racing Peugeot 307 SAO
3
CTB
4
BSB
Ret
SCZ
4
SAO
9
SAL
20
RIO CGD CTB BSB TAR SAO 15th 51
2010 Bardahl Hot Car Chevrolet Vectra SAO
16
CTB
Ret
VEL
Ret
RIO
Ret
RBP
3
SAL
Ret
SAO
Ret
CGD
8
LON
14
SCS
18
BSB
12
CTB
Ret
23rd 31
2011 Amir Nasr Racing Peugeot 408 CTB SAO RBP
Ret
VEL CGD RIO 26th 6
Scuderia 111 SAO
10
SAL SCS LON BSB VEL
2012 Comprafacil Nascar JF Peugeot 408 INT
30
CTB
11
VEL
17
RBP
Ret
LON
10
RIO
4
SAL
Ret
CGD
26
TAR
18
CUR
7
BRA
25
INT
10
15th 81
2014 Prati-Donaduzzi Peugeot 408 INT
1

21
SCZ
1

11
SCZ
2

1
BRA
1

Ret
BRA
2

DNS
GOI
1

12
GOI
2

7
GOI
1

6
CAS
1

11
CAS
2

8
CUR
1

12
CUR
2

21
VEL
1

13
VEL
2

10
SCZ
1

7
SCZ
2

4
TAR
1

10
TAR
2

1
SAL
1

6
SAL
2

22
CUR
1

22
9th 158.5
2015 Prati-Donaduzzi Peugeot 408 GOI
1

25
RBP
1

10
RBP
2

9
VEL
1

24
VEL
2

12
CUR
1

4
CUR
2

11
SCZ
1

NC
SCZ
2

Ret
CUR
1

14
CUR
2

9
GOI
1

17
CAS
1

26
CAS
2

11
MOU
1

16
MOU
2

Ret
CUR
1

18
CUR
2

7
TAR
1

14
TAR
2

13
INT
1

15
18th 97
2016 Cimed Racing Peugeot 408 CUR
1

1
VEL
1
VEL
2
GOI
1
GOI
2
SCZ
1
SCZ
2
TAR
1
TAR
2
CAS
1
CAS
2
INT
1
LON
1
LON
2
CUR
1
CUR
2
GOI
1
GOI
2
CDC
1
CDC
2
INT
1
NC† 0†
2017 Prati-Donaduzzi Chevrolet Cruze GOI
1

Ret
GOI
2

12
VEL
1

14
VEL
2

Ret
SCZ
1

Ret
SCZ
2

2
CAS
1

22
CAS
2

Ret
CUR
1

DSQ
CRI
1

20
CRI
2

15
VCA
1

5
VCA
2

6
LON
1

10
LON
2

4
ARG
1

12
ARG
2

8
TAR
1

5
TAR
2

Ret
GOI
1

Ret
GOI
2

11
INT
1

20
16th 126
2018 Prati-Donaduzzi Chevrolet Cruze INT
1

14
CUR
1

23
CUR
2

5
VEL
1

24
VEL
2

Ret
LON
1

15
LON
2

DSQ
SCZ
1

Ret
SCZ
2

11
GOI
1

Ret
MOU
1

Ret
MOU
2

Ret
CAS
1

15
CAS
2

8
VCA
1

Ret
VCA
2

24
TAR
1

13
TAR
2

Ret
GOI
1

Ret
GOI
2

14
INT
1

8
21st 44

Ineligible for championship points.

Complete Auto GP 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 Pos Points
2012 Ombra Racing MNZ
1
MNZ
2
VAL
1
VAL
2
MAR
1
MAR
2
HUN
1
HUN
2
ALG
1
ALG
2
CUR
1

1
CUR
2

1
9th 45
Zele Racing SON
1

Ret
SON
2

12†
2014 Zele Racing MAR
1
MAR
2
LEC
1
LEC
2
HUN
1
HUN
2
MNZ
1
MNZ
2
IMO
1
IMO
2
RBR
1
RBR
2
NÜR
1
NÜR
2
EST
1

4
EST
2

3
14th 25
2015 Zele Racing HUN
1

2
HUN
2

1
SIL
1

1
SIL
2

3
1st‡ 79‡

Position when season was cancelled.

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results

Year Entrant Class Car Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Rank Points
2013 Delta-ADR LMP2 Oreca 03 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL
1
SPA
Ret
LMS SÃO COA FUJ SHA BHR 15th 26
2016 Manor LMP2 Oreca 05 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL SPA LMS NÜR
5
MEX COA FUJ SHA BHR 27th 10

Complete BOSS GP Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate points for the fastest lap of top ten finishers)

Year Entrant Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 DC Points
2023 HS Engineering Dallara T12 Open HOC
1

1
HOC
2

1
LEC
1

1
LEC
2

1
RBR
1

2
RBR
2

1
MIS
1

1
MIS
2

1
ASS
1

2
ASS
2

1
MNZ
1
MNZ
2
MUG
1
MUG
2
1st* 260*

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