Pedro Diniz

Pedro Diniz
Born (1970-05-22) 22 May 1970 (age 48)
São Paulo, Brazil
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityBrazil Brazilian
Active years19952000
TeamsForti, Ligier, Arrows, Sauber
Entries99 (98 starts)
Career points10
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1995 Brazilian Grand Prix
Last entry2000 Malaysian Grand Prix

Pedro Paulo Falleiros dos Santos Diniz (born 22 May 1970) is a Brazilian businessman and former racing driver.

Diniz began karting at the age of eighteen and achieved minor success, before progressing to car racing in the Brazilian Formula Ford Championship and the British Formula 3 Championship. He first drove in Formula One with Forti for the 1995 season. The following year he switched to Ligier and moved to Arrows for 1997. In 1998, he finished 14th in the Drivers' Championship, and subsequently moved to Sauber for 1999. He left Sauber after the 2000 season and bought a share in the Prost team, which folded a year later.

Since leaving motorsport, Diniz founded the Formula Renault 2.0 Brazil Championship which he ran from 2002 and 2006, later becoming a partner in Pão de Açúcar and operates an organic produce and dairy farm alongside his wife Tatiana Diniz. He is a Board Member of Food Tank, a non-profit organization that spotlights environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity, and poverty and works to create networks of people, organizations, and content to push for food system change.

Diniz was considered a pay driver during his career, but was one of the few to score points in Formula One (ten during a time when only the top six drivers earned points).

Early life and career

Diniz was born in São Paulo, Brazil on 22 May 1970. His father is Abílio dos Santos Diniz, a businessman who owns the Brazilian distribution chain Companhia Brasileira de Distribuição and the supermarket chain Pão de Açúcar.[1] Diniz struggled to find a good education and went to several schools around the local area.[2]

Diniz began karting at the age of eighteen, and his career was funded by his father who supported his son's hobby.[2] He competed in several events around Brazil and his first racing success came when he won the Two Hours of São Paulo. Aged 19, Diniz moved up into car racing, competing in the Brazilian Formula Ford championship, where he finished ninth in the Drivers' Championship. In 1990, Diniz moved to the Reyanud Alfa team and finished ninth overall, with his best performances being a podium position at Interlagos.

For 1991, Diniz moved to the British Formula 3 with the West Surrey Racing team, finishing 11th overall. He moved to the Edenbridge Racing team in 1992, driving a Reynard Mugen and took two podiums en route to eighth place overall.

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