|Tarso Marques Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 9 in|
|Date of Birth||January 19, 1976|
Tarso Marques is a Brazilian professional racing driver and entrepreneur who participated in the premier Formula One World Championship for 3 seasons (1996-1997, 2001). After his first F1 stint, he had moved to the United States and competed in the open-wheel racing Champ Car World Series. He returned to F1 for the 2001 season and raced with future world champion Fernando Alonso as his teammate and often outpaced him. However, due to a lack of sponsors, he had to depart the competition before the season was finished. He again returned to the United States and competed in the Champ Car World Series until 2005 after which he went back to his native Brazil and participated in competitions such as the TC2000 and Stock Car Brasil championships. Upon his return to Brazil, he worked as a TV analyst and host for motorsports programs and founded a company called Tarso Marques Concept dedicated to the manufacture of cars, motorbikes, aircraft, and yachts based on innovative and futuristic design.
Tarso Anibal Santanna Marques
Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
São Paulo, São Paulo State, Brazil
Professional Racing Driver, Entrepreneur
- Father – Paulo de Tarso
Formula One Teams
Tarso has raced for –
- Minardi Team (1996-1997)
- European Minardi F1 (2001)
- European Minardi F1 (2002) (Test Driver)
5 ft 9 in or 175 cm
76 kg or 167.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Tarso has dated –
- Ana Luiza Castro (2008-2011) – Tarso began dating sports journalist and model Ana Luiza Castro in December 2008. They parted ways in 2011.
- Erica Redling (2015-Present) – Tarso started dating model Erica Redling in 2015. They got engaged in 2018.
Race / Ethnicity
He is of Portuguese descent.
- Toned physique
- Has both his arms covered in tattoos
- Has a mole on his neck
- Affable smile
- Sports a thin mustache and a goatee
- Side-parted, wavy hair
Tarso has been sponsored by –
- Fronius International
- Dassault Systems SolidWorks
- Wishbox 3D Printers
- Monster Energy
- Engecass Technologies
Tarso Marques Facts
- Just like most professional racing drivers, Tarso had begun his journey racing karts from a young age. He had started competing from the age of just 11 and continued for nearly 5 years. At the age of 16, in 1992, he made his single-seater racing debut with the Formula Chevrolet series in his native Brazil and managed to win the championship in his very first attempt.
- A year later, in 1993, he competed in both the Formula Three Sudamericana championship and the European Formula 3000 series. At the age of just 17 that year, he won races in both competitions and was the youngest driver at that time to win races in both of those events.
- He was given a prestigious Formula One seat in 1996 itself when he was just 20 years old. This made him one of the youngest drivers ever to start an F1 race.
- However, insufficient opportunities, inconsistent results, and an inability to acquire sponsors for a financially weak team meant that he had to leave the competition at the end of the 1997 season. In all, including the 2001 season, he started 24 F1 races across 3 seasons but never managed to score any championship points.
Featured Image by Tarso Marques / Instagram