Luciano Burti Luciano Burti, 2000 Austrian Grand PRix Luciano Burti

Full Name: Luciano Pucci Burti
Nationality: Brazilian
Born: 5 March 1975, Sao Paulo (BRA)

First GP: 2000 Austrian Grand Prix
Last GP: 2001 Belgian Grand Prix

Entries: 15 Grands Prix: 15 Non-starts: 0
Wins: 0 Best Finish: 8th Best Grid: 14th
Fastest Laps: 0 Points: 0 Retirements: 6

1999 British Formula 3 Championship, Stewart Racing, 2nd overall
2000 Formula 1, Jaguar Cosworth R1, 1 race, 0 points, Not Classified
2001 Formula 1, Jaguar Cosworth R2 / Prost ACER AP04, 14 races, 0 points, Not Classified
2002 Formula 1, Ferrari F2002, Test Driver
2003 Formula 1, Ferrari F2003GA, Test Driver
2004 Formula 1, Ferrari F2004, Test Driver
2005 Stock Car Brasil, Action Power Chevrolet Astra, 2 podiums, 5th overall
2006 Stock Car Brasil, Action Power Volkswagen Bora, 1 podium, 25th overall
2007 Stock Car Brasil, Action Power Volkswagen Bora, 1 podium, 17th overall
2008 Stock Car Brasil, Action Power Peugeot 307, 1 podium, 12th overall
2009 Stock Car Brasil, Boettger Competições Chevrolet Vectra, 1 win, 2 podiums, 5th overall
2010 Stock Car Brasil, Itaipava Peugeot 307, 18th overall
2011 Stock Car Brasil, Itaipava Peugeot 307, 1 win, 9th overall

Luciano Burti

After several successful years go-karting in his native Brazil, young Burti ventured to Europe, and finished third overall in his maiden season in Formula Vauxhaull Junior, taking four wins in Martin Donnelly’s team.

Two winter series Formula Ford crowns were his, before he moved to the senior Formula Vauxhall championship (which he won for Paul Stewart Racing). Formula 3 was next up, and he was also promoted to the role of test driver for the Stewart Grand Prix F1 team.

He beat Jenson Button into second place in the 1999 British F3 championship, but it was Button who earned an F1 berth at Williams, while Burti was consigned to the role of test driver once again (albeit now with Jaguar, with it having bought out Stewart).

His F1 debut came at that year’s Austrian Grand Prix where he replaced the unwell Irvine, and he joined the team full-time in 2001 until he was dropped and swapped with Pedro de la Rosa, joining the Prost team.

His F1 form had hardly proved sparkling, and he made plenty of mistakes – crashes and spins aplenty. He had two huge accidents just weeks apart, with the first being when he barrel-rolled at the start of the German Grand Prix after clipping Michael Schumacher, and the second occurring with an ill-thought overtaking move on Eddie Irvine at the Belgian Grand Prix.

He speared into the Blanchimont tyres at full-speed, and spent a few days in hospital before being released, but doctors advised he remain out of F1 for the rest of the season.

And aside from a brief stint as Ferrari’s second test driver in 2002, F1 turned its back on him and he has since ploughed out a career in Brazil’s stock car championship.

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