Luis Pérez-Sala

Luis Pérez-Sala Valls-Taberner (born 15 May 1959 in Barcelona) is a Spanish former racing driver who competed in Formula One, Formula 3, Formula 3000 and Touring Cars. He was also the team principal of HRT Formula 1 Team during the 2012 F1 season.

Luis Pérez-Sala
Born (1959-05-15) 15 May 1959 (age 61)
Formula One World Championship career
NationalitySpain Spanish
Active years19881989
TeamsMinardi
Entries32 (26 starts)
Career points1
First entry1988 Brazilian Grand Prix
Last entry1989 Australian Grand Prix

Pérez-Sala started his racing career in karting before graduating to racing production-based cars in the early 1980s, initially competing in Renault 5s before competing internationally in the Alfa Romeo Alfasud Sprint Cup in 1983.[1] He competed in the 1984 FIA European Formula 3 Championship in a Ralt-Alfa Romeo, steadily improving across the season and taking a second place at Knutstorp and a fifth at Jarama to place tenth in the season standings. In 1985 he switched to the Italian Formula 3 Championship, finishing seventh overall and scoring a win. The following year he moved to Formula 3000 with great success, winning races at Birmingham and Enna in 1986 and finishing fourth in that year's championship. He remained in F3000 for the following year, joining the factory Lola team, taking wins at Donington Park and the Le Mans Bugatti Circuit and finishing as runner-up to Stefano Modena in the championship.[2] He became famous for his arguments with Alfonso de Vinuesa, caused by political views:[citation needed] the pair were involved in a spectacular crash in the F3000 race at Spa-Francorchamps in 1987.[2]

The Minardi Formula One team signed Pérez-Sala for the 1988 season, alongside compatriot Adrián Campos - the first time two Spanish drivers had raced together as team-mates in F1.[1] He made his debut for them on 3 April 1988, at the season's opening race in Brazil, where he qualified 20th but failed to finish the race when his rear wing collapsed. Over the next five rounds, he continually outpaced Campos, who was replaced by Pierluigi Martini (Pérez-Sala's F3000 team-mate in 1986)[2] from round six of the Championship in Detroit.

Martini and Pérez-Sala were teammates in both 1988 and 1989, with Martini outqualifying, outracing and outscoring Pérez-Sala. Pérez-Sala's only point came from a sixth place in the 1989 British Grand Prix. This was the first F1 points score by a Spanish driver in thirty years, and the first race in Minardi's history in which both of the team's cars finished in the points.[2] Along with the two points Martini scored for finishing fifth in the same race, the pair scored enough points to keep Minardi out of pre-qualifying for the rest of the season. At the end of the 1989 season, after failing to qualify for the season ending Australian Grand Prix (while Martini qualified a brilliant 3rd behind only the McLaren-Honda cars of Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost), he left Formula One having started 26 of the 32 Grands Prix that he entered. After his retirement from Formula One, Pérez-Sala became a regular in the Spanish Touring Car Championship, winning the series in 1991 and 1993,[2] before moving into sportscar and endurance racing. He and team-mate Manel Cerqueda won the GTB class title in the Spanish GT Championship in 2003 and 2004, and finished second overall in the championship in 2008 - his last season in competition before retiring.[1]

Since 1990, Pérez-Sala has worked as a commentator and analyst for a number of media outlets, including RTVE, El País and TV3. In addition he is an instructor for racing drivers, and is involved in the Joves Pilots del Circuit de Catalunya programme, an initiative backed by the Generalitat de Catalunya, the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and the motorsport authorities in Catalonia whose graduates include Jaime Alguersuari, Miguel Molina, Dani Clos, Albert Costa and Miki Monrás.[1]

In July 2011, he was recruited as a consultant for the Hispania F1 team, which was founded by former Minardi teammate Campos.[3] On 15 December 2011, it was announced that he would become team principal of HRT, replacing Colin Kolles.[4][5]

His nephew, Daniel Juncadella, is also a racing driver, best known for winning the 2011 Macau Grand Prix Formula Three race, and has also competed in the Formula 3 Euro Series.[6]

Racing recordEdit

Complete International Formula 3000 resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap.)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pos. Pts
1986 Pavesi Racing SIL
12
VAL
Ret
PAU
5
SPA
4
IMO
5
MUG
DNQ
PER
1
ÖST
5
BIR
1
BUG
5
JAR
8
4th 24.5
1987 Lola Motorsport SIL
Ret
VAL
2
SPA
18
PAU
Ret
DON
1
PER
Ret
BRH
9
BIR
4
IMO
3
BUG
1
JAR
5
2nd 33

Complete Formula One resultsEdit

(key)

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
1988 Lois Minardi Team Minardi M188 Cosworth DFZ V8 BRA
Ret
SMR
11
MON
Ret
MEX
11
CAN
13
DET
Ret
FRA
NC
GBR
Ret
GER
DNQ
HUN
10
BEL
DNQ
ITA
Ret
POR
8
ESP
12
JPN
15
AUS
Ret
NC 0
1989 Lois Minardi Team Minardi M188B Cosworth DFR V8 BRA
Ret
SMR
Ret
MON
Ret
28th 1
Minardi M189 MEX
DNQ
USA
Ret
CAN
Ret
FRA
DNQ
GBR
6
GER
DNQ
HUN
Ret
BEL
15
ITA
8
POR
12
ESP
Ret
JPN
Ret
AUS
DNQ

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Profile of HRT Team Principal Luis Perez-Sala". motorsport.com. 15 December 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Luis Perez Sala". Motor Sport (magazine). Retrieved 25 June 2020.
  3. ^ Mills, Peter (2011-07-21). "Former GP driver Luis Perez Sala joins HRT as advisor". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 2011-08-03.
  4. ^ "Luis Pérez-Sala, appointed as new Team Principal of HRT F1 Team". hispaniaracing.com. HRT F1. 15 December 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2011.
  5. ^ "Luis Perez-Sala appointed HRT team principal". BBC Sport. BBC. 15 December 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2011.
  6. ^ "Mortara takes pole in Spain". gpupdate.net. GPUpdate.net. 2010-05-21. Retrieved 2011-07-14.

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
None
Formula One Indoor Trophy
Winner

19881989
Succeeded by
Gianni Morbidelli