ChicoSerra.png ChicoSerra.gif Full Name Francisco ‘Chico’ Adolpho Serra
Nationality Brazilian
Born 3 February 1957, São Paulo (BRA)
Died
Website Official Website
Twitter @chicoserra
Instagram
First Grand Prix 1981 United States West Grand Prix Last Grand Prix 1983 Monaco Grand Prix
Grands Prix 18 Non-starts 15 (13 DNQ, 1 DNPQ, 1 DNP)
Wins 0 Podiums 0
Best Finish 6th, 1982 Belgian Grand Prix Points 1
Fastest Laps 0 Best Qualifying 15/28, 1983 Monaco Grand Prix
Retirements 7 Laps Led 0

Career Highlights

1977 Formula Ford Festival, Van Diemen RF77, 1st overall
1979 British F3, Project Four Racing Ralt Toyota, 1st overall
1981 Formula 1, Fittipaldi Cosworth V8 F8C/F8D, 15 entries, 5 races, 8 DNQ, 0 points, Not Classified
1982 Formula 1, Fittipaldi Cosworth V8 F8D/F9, 15 entries, 9 races, 6 DNQ, 1 point, 26th overall
1983 Formula 1, Arrows Cosworth V8 A6, 4 entries, 4 races, 0 points, Not Classified
1985 IndyCar Series, Theodore Racing Cosworth, 1 race, 0 points, Not Classified
1999 Stock Car Brasil, WB Motorsport Chevrolet Vectra, 1st overall
2000 Stock Car Brasil, WB Motorsport Chevrolet Vectra, 1st overall
2001 Stock Car Brasil, WB Motorsport Chevrolet Vectra, 1st overall

 

Chico Serra, 1982 Italian Grand Prix

Biography

Born Francisco Adolpho Serra in Sao Paulo, ‘Chico’ started off in karting and followed the well-worn path of aspirant Brazilian racers by moving to Europe in the 1970s.

Inspired his hero Emerson Fittipaldi, the well-funded Serra won the British Formula Ford Festival at the wheel of a then-emerging Van Diemen, before his success saw him move to Ron Dennis’ Project 4 British F3 team in 1978. He won several races that season and was in the hunt for the title, but he suffered concussion with a huge accident at Mallory Park, losing out in both F3 championships to Nelson Piquet and Derek Warwick.

Staying on in the series in 1979, he won the title with five wins, and graduated to Formula 2 with Project 4, finishing tenth in the European championship at the wheel of a March BMW.

Instead of staying on in F2 for another season, he moved up into F1 at – coincidentally – the Fittipaldi team, replacing his childhood hero and partnering Keke Rosberg for the 1981 season. His debut race saw him finish in seventh, but the uncompetitiveness of the car also meant he failed to qualify on eight occasions that year.

Staying on for the 1982 season, the team downscaled to a single-car entry. Serra took his sole points’ finish at Belgium in the updated F8 chassis and later had a punch-up with compatriot Raul Boesel in Canada (the two have long since kissed and made up).

The arrival of the new F9 chassis proved to be the death knell for the team when he failed to make the grid for three of its six appearances. The outfit closed its doors at the end of the season, and Serra returned to Brazil.

He managed to buy a few drives with Arrows in 1983, but when Thierry Boutsen arrived with more money, Serra was dropped and his F1 career was over.

He returned to his homeland and began racing in the domestic touring car scene, where he has achieved great success – he is a three-time winner of Brazil’s National Stock Car Championship.

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