Former F1 driver looks totally different 19 years after sole season on the grid

Ralph Firman spent one season as a Formula One racing driver under the Jordan Ford banner back in 2003 – finishing in eight races and taking a memorable point in Spain.

The British-born Irish racer made a name for himself during the 1995 British F3 championship, capturing the title a year later after initially missing out to Oliver Gavin.

Firman then moved to Japan and competed in the Formula Nippon championship before returning to Europe, securing a seat in Formula One for the 2003 season thanks to Eddie Jordan.

He took part in a total of 14 Formula One Grands Prix and grabbed a single point, having been injured in a crash during practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

A year later Firman would compete in 24 Hours of Le Mans, driving for A1 Team Ireland in 2005 after being a test driver for the A1 Grand Prix series in 2004.

In 2007, Firman went on to win the Super GT GT500 class championship with the ARTA team, before calling time on his career in 2013 and running a British engineering company.

Using his Instagram account, Firman regularly post photos of various motorsports, describing himself as an Ex Formula One Driver, Super GT Champion and British Racing Ambassador in his bio.

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Back in 2003, Firman took part in an interview Autosport ahead of his F1 debut back in 2003, noting that he was looking forward to the nerves that would follow.

He said: "I think I will probably sleep quite well tonight but you have to be nervous to drive well and, first time in a Formula One car at a Grand Prix, you're going to be no matter what.

"It's obviously been an amazing last month, what with signing the deal and then running about having a few days' testing. It's going to be an amazing prospect to be driving a Formula One car.

"It's been a life-changing experience getting the drive. It certainly will be that again over the whole weekend."

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