Luis Pérez-Sala

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Luis Pérez-Sala
Born (1959-05-15) 15 May 1959 (age 59)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Flag of Spain.svg Spanish
Active years 19881989
Teams Minardi
Entries 32 (26 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 1
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 1988 Brazilian Grand Prix
Last entry 1989 Australian Grand Prix

Luis Pérez-Sala Valls-Taberner (born 15 May 1959 in Barcelona) is a Spanish former racing driver who competed in Formula One, Formula 3, Formula 3000 and Touring Cars. He was also the team principal of HRT Formula 1 Team during the 2012 F1 season.

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Formula One is the highest class of single-seater auto racing sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) and owned by the Formula One Group. The FIA Formula One World Championship has been one of the premier forms of racing around the world since its inaugural season in 1950. The word "formula" in the name refers to the set of rules to which all participants' cars must conform. A Formula One season consists of a series of races, known as Grands Prix, which take place worldwide on purpose-built circuits and on public roads.

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Pérez-Sala contested the 1985 Italian Formula 3 Championship and moved to Formula 3000 to rather more convincing effect, winning races at Birmingham and Enna in 1986. He was runner-up to Stefano Modena in the 1987 F3000 championship. He became famous for his arguments with Alfonso de Vinuesa, caused by political views.

The Italian Formula Three Championship was the Formula Three racing competition in Italy.

International Formula 3000

The Formula 3000 International Championship was a motor racing series created by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) in 1985 to become the final preparatory step for drivers hoping to enter Formula One. Formula Two had become too expensive, and was dominated by works-run cars with factory engines; the hope was that Formula 3000 would offer quicker, cheaper, more open racing. The series began as an open specification, then tyres were standardized from 1986 onwards, followed by engines and chassis in 1996. The series ran annually until 2004, and was replaced in 2005 by the GP2 Series.

Birmingham Superprix

The Halfords Birmingham Superprix was a motor racing meeting held on a street circuit at the heart of Birmingham, England, from 1986 to 1990. Until 1990 the principal event was a round of the FIA Formula 3000 Championship, but support races included BTCC and Formula Ford 1600 rounds, as well as sports car racing.

The Minardi Formula One team signed Pérez-Sala for the 1988 season. He made his debut for them on 3 April 1988, at the season's opening race in Brazil, where he qualified 20th but failed to finish the race when his rear wing collapsed. Over the next five rounds, he continually outpaced teammate and fellow Spaniard Adrián Campos, who was replaced by Pierluigi Martini from round six of the Championship in Detroit.

Minardi was an Italian automobile racing team and constructor founded in Faenza in 1979 by Giancarlo Minardi. It competed in the Formula One World Championship from 1985 until 2005 with little success, nevertheless acquiring a loyal following of fans. In 2001, to save the team from folding, Minardi sold it to Australian businessman Paul Stoddart, who ran the team for five years before selling it on to Red Bull GmbH in 2005 who renamed it Scuderia Toro Rosso.

1988 Formula One World Championship sports season

The 1988 FIA Formula One World Championship was the 42nd season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 1988 Formula One World Championship for Drivers and the 1988 Formula One World Championship for Constructors, which were contested concurrently over a sixteen-race series that commenced on 3 April and ended on 13 November. The World Championship for Drivers was won by Ayrton Senna, and the World Championship for Constructors by McLaren-Honda. Senna and McLaren teammate Alain Prost won fifteen of the sixteen races between them; the only race neither driver won was the Italian Grand Prix, where Ferrari's Gerhard Berger took an emotional victory four weeks after the death of team founder Enzo Ferrari. McLaren's win tally has only been bettered or equalled in seasons with more than sixteen races; their Constructors' Championship tally of 199 points, more than three times that of any other constructor, was also a record until 2002.

1988 Brazilian Grand Prix Formula One motor race held in 1988

The 1988 Brazilian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on April 3, 1988, at the renamed Autódromo Internacional Nelson Piquet in Rio de Janeiro. Following his 3rd World Drivers' Championship in 1987 the Jacarepaguá Circuit was named after local hero Nelson Piquet. It was the first race of the 1988 Formula One season.

Martini and Pérez-Sala were teammates in both 1988 and 1989, with Martini outqualifying, outracing and outscoring Pérez-Sala. Pérez-Sala's only point came from a sixth place in the 1989 British Grand Prix. Along with the two points Martini scored for finishing fifth, the pair scored enough points to keep Minardi out of pre-qualifying for the rest of the season. At the end of the 1989 season, after failing to qualify for the season ending Australian Grand Prix (while Martini qualified a brilliant 3rd behind only the McLaren-Honda's of Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost), he left Formula One having started 26 of the 32 Grands Prix that he entered. After his retirement from Formula One, Pérez-Sala became a regular in the Spanish touring car championship.

1989 Formula One World Championship sports season

The 1989 FIA Formula One World Championship was the 43rd season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 1989 Formula One World Championship for Drivers and the 1989 Formula One World Championship for Constructors, which were contested concurrently over a sixteen-race series that commenced on 26 March and ended on 5 November. Alain Prost won his third Drivers' Championship, and McLaren won the Constructors' Championship.

1989 British Grand Prix Formula One motor race held in 1989

The 1989 British Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Silverstone on 16 July 1989. It was the eighth race of the 1989 Formula One World Championship.

1989 Australian Grand Prix 484th Formula 1 Championship Grand Prix

The 1989 Australian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Adelaide on 5 November 1989. It took place in wet conditions, and was stopped and restarted following a first-lap collision. Andrea de Cesaris spun at the same corner on two consecutive laps. As Formula One cars are not as fast in wet conditions as they are in the dry, the race was stopped at the two-hour mark with 70 laps being completed, 11 short of the scheduled 81 laps.

In July 2011, he was recruited as a consultant for the Hispania F1 team, which was founded by former Minardi teammate Campos. [1] On 15 December 2011, it was announced that he would become team principal of HRT, replacing Colin Kolles. [2] [3]

Colin Kolles managing director

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His nephew, Daniel Juncadella, is also a racing driver, best known for winning the 2011 Macau Grand Prix Formula Three race, and has also competed in the Formula 3 Euro Series. [4]

Daniel Juncadella Spanish racing driver

Daniel Juncadella Pérez-Sala is a Spanish racecar driver that currently competes at the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters. He is son of de Xavier Juncadella and nephew of Josep Maria Juncadella, Alex Soler-Roig and Luis Pérez-Sala, also racecar drivers.

The Formula 3 Euro Series was a European-based junior single seater formula for Formula Three chassis that was launched in 2003 as a merger of the French Formula Three Championship and German Formula Three Championship. The Formula Three category, including this championship, is part of the established career ladder up which European drivers progress to the Formula One world championship, the highest form of single seater racing defined by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), motorsport's world governing body.

Racing record

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 11Pos. Pts
1986 Pavesi Racing SIL
12
VAL
Ret
PAU
5
SPA
4
IMO
5
MUG
DNQ
PER
1
ÖST
5
BIR
1
BUG
5
JAR
8
4th 24.5
1987 Lola Motorsport SIL
Ret
VAL
2
SPA
18
PAU
Ret
DON
1
PER
Ret
BRH
9
BIR
4
IMO
3
BUG
1
JAR
5
2nd33

Complete Formula One results

(key)

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
1988 Lois Minardi Team Minardi M188 Cosworth DFZ V8 BRA
Ret
SMR
11
MON
Ret
MEX
11
CAN
13
DET
Ret
FRA
NC
GBR
Ret
GER
DNQ
HUN
10
BEL
DNQ
ITA
Ret
POR
8
ESP
12
JPN
15
AUS
Ret
NC 0
1989 Lois Minardi Team Minardi M188B Cosworth DFR V8 BRA
Ret
SMR
Ret
MON
Ret
28th 1
Minardi M189 MEX
DNQ
USA
Ret
CAN
Ret
FRA
DNQ
GBR
6
GER
DNQ
HUN
Ret
BEL
15
ITA
8
POR
12
ESP
Ret
JPN
Ret
AUS
DNQ

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References

  1. Mills, Peter (2011-07-21). "Former GP driver Luis Perez Sala joins HRT as advisor". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications . Retrieved 2011-08-03.
  2. "Luis Pérez-Sala, appointed as new Team Principal of HRT F1 Team". hispaniaracing.com. HRT F1. 15 December 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2011.
  3. "Luis Perez-Sala appointed HRT team principal". BBC Sport . BBC. 15 December 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2011.
  4. "Mortara takes pole in Spain". gpupdate.net. GPUpdate.net. 2010-05-21. Retrieved 2011-07-14.
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Formula One Indoor Trophy
Winner

19881989
Succeeded by
Gianni Morbidelli