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 CareerEdit

Pre-Formula OneEdit

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 OneEdit

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 OverviewEdit

Formula One RecordEdit

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 StatisticsEdit

Entries 15
Starts 14
Pole Positions 0
Race Wins 0
Podiums 0
Fastest laps 0
Points 1

Career ResultsEdit

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 Flag of Malaysia Flag of Brazil Flag of San Marino Flag of Spain Flag of Austria Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of Europe Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Italy Flag of the United States Flag of Japan 1 19th
Ret 10th Ret Ret 8th 11th 12th Ret 11th 15th 13th Ret PO INJ Ret 14th

Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1stWinner Ret Retired
2ndPodium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5thPoints finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14thNon-points finish TD Test driver
NCNon-classified finish (<90% race distance) DNS Did not start
ItalicsScored point(s) for Fastest Lap [+] More Symbols


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