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Pedro Diniz, F1 driver


22 May 1970 (54)
Sergio Mantovani (22 May 1929)

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8th (1997 Belgian Grand Prix)
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1995 Brazilian Grand Prix
2000 Malaysian Grand Prix


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about Pedro Diniz

Pedro Paulo Falleiros dos Santos Diniz (born 22 May 1970) is a Brazilian businessman and former racing driver.

Diniz began karting at the age of eighteen and achieved minor success, before progressing to car racing in the Brazilian Formula Ford Championship and the British Formula 3 Championship. He first drove in Formula One with Forti for the 1995 season. The following year he switched to Ligier and moved to Arrows for 1997. In 1998, he finished 14th in the Drivers' Championship, and subsequently moved to Sauber for 1999. He left Sauber after the 2000 season and bought a share in the Prost team, which folded a year later.

Since leaving motorsport, Diniz founded the Formula Renault 2.0 Brazil Championship which he ran from 2002 and 2006, later becoming a partner in Pão de Açúcar and operates an organic produce and dairy farm alongside his wife Tatiana Diniz. He is a Board Member of Food Tank, a non-profit organization that spotlights environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity, and poverty and works to create networks of people, organizations, and content to push for food system change.

Diniz was considered a pay driver during his career, but was one of the few to score points in Formula One (ten during a time when only the top six drivers earned points) and is considered one of Formula One's best pay drivers, with two fifth-place finishes.

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season teammate
1995 Roberto Moreno
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1996 Olivier Panis
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1997 Damon Hill
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1998 Mika Salo
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1999 Jean Alesi
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2000 Mika Salo
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Diniz is best known for escaping a spectacular fire at the 1996 Argentine Grand Prix, triggered by a safety valve in his Ligier?s fuel tank sticking open.
Images of the blaze and the Brazilian?s leap from the cockpit grabbed the front pages of newspapers around the world the following day, and triggered the iconic Sun headline: Diniz in the Oven.
When his own F1 career petered out after ...

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