Alex Dias Ribeiro (born in Belo Horizonte, November 7, 1948) is a former racing driver from Brazil. He raced in 20 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix.
Formula One Career
After a solid graduation from the lower formulae (he placed fifth in the 1976 European Formula Two season), Ribeiro paid for his drive in the March Formula One team for the 1977 season. Ribeiro drove a March for a full season in 1977, but he suffered a horrible start to the year, retiring from his first four races and failing to qualify for his next six. His first finish came in the form of an eighth place in the German Grand Prix. He greatly improved on his performance, and ended the year with finishes in four of the five last races.
Ribeiro failed to qualify for the last two races of the year for Fittipaldi.
In 1994, he joined the Brazil national football team as a pastor at the FIFA World Cup in the United States.
In 1999, Ribeiro became Formula One's medical car driver. On Saturday morning before practice for the 2000 Monaco Grand Prix, Ribeiro crashed the medical car into the barriers at Tabac. He was unhurt but FIA medical delegate Sid Watkins suffered broken ribs in this incident.
At the 2002 Brazilian Grand Prix, Ribeiro had another incident in which he was lucky to escape with his life, after he opened the car door and Nick Heidfeld smashed into it as he was about to get out of the car.
Formula One Statistical Overview
Formula One Record
|Year||Entrant||Team||WDC Points||WDC Pos.||Report|
|1976||Hesketh Racing||Hesketh-Ford Cosworth||0||NC||Report|
|1977||Hollywood March Racing||March-Ford Cosworth||0||NC||Report|
|1979||Fittipaldi Automotive||Fittipaldi-Ford Cosworth||0||NC||Report|
|Front Row Starts||0|
|Distance Raced||2520 km (1566 mi)|
|Win Number||Grand Prix|
|Complete Formula One Results|
|3rd||DNQ||Did not qualify|
|5th||Points finish||DNPQ||Did not pre-qualify|
|14th||Non-points finish||TD||Test driver|
|Italics||Scored point(s) for Fastest Lap||DNS||Did not start|
|18th†||Classified finish (retired with >90% race distance)||NC||Non-classified finish (<90% race distance)|
|4thP||Qualified for pole position||[+] More Symbols|
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