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Ralph David Firman, Jr. (born May 20, 1975 in Norwich, Norfolk, England) is an Anglo-Irish racing driver, who took part in the 2003 Formula One Season for Jordan. He was brought into the seat after Eddie Irvine turned down an offer to drive for them, and thus retired from the sport.

He sat out of the Hungarian and Italian Grands Prix after suffering a huge accident in practice at the Hungaroring where his Jordan slammed backwards into the tyre wall at 180mph after the rear wing flew off. He was replaced by Zsolt Baumgartner for those two rounds. Baumgartner, as a result, became the first Hungarian driver in Formula One.

Firman scored his first and only point in the Spanish Grand Prix, while his team-mate Giancarlo Fisichella fared a much better season, winning the Brazilian Grand Prix, his first win and Jordan's last.

Formula One Career[]

Pre-Formula One[]

Ralph Firman drove for Formula Nippon from 1997 to 2002. Overall, he achieved a total of six pole positions, four fastest laps and seven wins, including a title in 2002. After the 2002 season, he signed a contract to drive for Jordan Grand Prix in Formula One.


Post-Formula One[]

After Formula One, he drove in the 2004 24 Hours of Le Mans, retiring after 313 laps of racing.

He then returned to Japan to race instead in the JGTC/Super GT series from 2005 until 2013.

Formula One Statistical Overview[]

Formula One Record[]

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos. Report
2002 Lucky Strike BAR Honda BAR-Honda Test Driver
2003 Jordan Ford Jordan-Ford 1 19th Report
2004 Jordan Ford Jordan-Ford Test Driver

Career Statistics[]

Entries 15
Starts 14
Pole Positions 0
Front Row Starts 0
Race Wins 0
Podiums 0
Fastest Laps 0
Points 1
Laps Raced 639
Distance Raced 2990 km (1858 mi)

Career Results[]

Complete Formula One Results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pts Pos
2003 Flag of Australia.svg Flag of Malaysia.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of Europe.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Japan.svg 1 19th
Ret 10th Ret Ret 8th 11th 12th Ret 11th 15th 13th Ret PO INJ Ret 14th
Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1st Winner Ret Retired
2nd Podium finish DSQ Disqualified
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