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Ralph David Firman Jr. (born 20 May 1975 in Norwichmarker, Norfolk) is a racing driver from the United Kingdommarker, who now races under Irishmarker citizenship (his mother Angela is Irish) 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.

Career

Formula Three



Educated at Gresham's Schoolmarker 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 Japanmarker, culminating in the 2002 Formula Nippon championship, before returning to Europe.

Formula One



Firman secured a seat in Formula One for the 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 Hoursmarker, 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


marker
CZE
FEA


marker
MYS
SPR


MYS
FEA


ZHU
SPR


ZHU
FEA


NZL
SPR


NZL
FEA


AUS
SPR


marker
AUS
FEA


marker
RSA
SPR


RSA
FEA


MEX
SPR


MEX
FEA


SHA
SPR


SHA
FEA


GBR
SPR


GBR
SPR


6th 94


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