Former F1 driver Pedro Chaves is celebrating his 46th birthday today.
Formula 1 was his next stop, and poor Pedro suffered a disastrous maiden (and only) championship season, failing to pre-qualify in each of his thirteen outings in the hapless Coloni before quitting the team in disgust.
He returned to Formula 3000 before crossing the Atlantic and joining the Indy Lights series and took a win at Vancouver. He moved to touring cars in 1996 and finished second in Spain’s tin-top series before moving on to the FIA GT championship.
In 1998, Chaves switched to rallying and won the Portuguese title in 1999 and 2000 in a works Toyota Corolla, before switching back to GT racing, winning the Spanish title in a Saleen.
After another return to rallying, Chaves retired at the end of 2006 and became the driver coach for the Lebanese A1GP team, later moving into a managerial role in Portugal’s team in 2008.
[Original image via F1 Nostalgia]
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