Difference between revisions of "Isabella Noriko"

From Formula Rejects Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search
m (Formula One)
(Complete Japanese Formula Two results)
 
Line 98: Line 98:
 
|style="background:#dfffdf;"|SUZ<br><small>4</small>
 
|style="background:#dfffdf;"|SUZ<br><small>4</small>
 
|style="background:#efcfff;"|SUZ<br><small>Ret</small>
 
|style="background:#efcfff;"|SUZ<br><small>Ret</small>
|style="background:#ffffbf;"|''FUJ''<br><small>''1''</small>
+
|style="background:#ffffbf;"|''FUJ''<br><small>1</small>
 
|style="background:#dfffdf;"|SUZ<br><small>7</small>
 
|style="background:#dfffdf;"|SUZ<br><small>7</small>
 
|style="background:#dfffdf;"|SUZ<br><small>6</small>
 
|style="background:#dfffdf;"|SUZ<br><small>6</small>
Line 110: Line 110:
 
|style="background:#efcfff;"|MIN<br><small>Ret</small>
 
|style="background:#efcfff;"|MIN<br><small>Ret</small>
 
|SUZ<br><small>INJ</small>
 
|SUZ<br><small>INJ</small>
|style="background:#ffffbf;"|'''''SUZ'''''<br><small>'''''1'''''</small>
+
|style="background:#ffffbf;"|'''''SUZ'''''<br><small>1</small>
|style="background:#ffffbf;"|'''''FUJ'''''<br><small>'''''1'''''</small>
+
|style="background:#ffffbf;"|'''''FUJ'''''<br><small>1</small>
|style="background:#ffffbf;"|'''''SUZ'''''<br><small>'''''1'''''</small>
+
|style="background:#ffffbf;"|'''''SUZ'''''<br><small>1</small>
|style="background:#dfffdf;"|'''''SUZ'''''<br><small>'''''4'''''</small>
+
|style="background:#dfffdf;"|'''''SUZ'''''<br><small>4</small>
 
!style="background:#dfdfdf;"|2nd
 
!style="background:#dfdfdf;"|2nd
 
!style="background:#dfdfdf;"|92
 
!style="background:#dfdfdf;"|92

Latest revision as of 11:06, 30 July 2020

Isabella Noriko
Nationality Flag of Singapore svg.png Singaporean
Born 8th April, 1965
Novena, Singapore
Formula One
Debut Season 1988
Latest Season 1990
Current Team Larrousse
Car Number 20
Former Teams None
Races 48 (42 starts)
Championships 0
Victories 0
Podiums 0
Points 13
Pole Positions 0
Fastest Laps 0
First Race 1988 Brazilian Grand Prix
First Victory {{{first win}}}
Last Victory {{{last win}}}
Last Race 1990 Australian Grand Prix (Ongoing)
Best Finish 21st (1989)
CART
Debut Season 1987
Latest Season 1987
Current Team
Car Number
Former Teams Galles Racing
Races 15 (14 starts)
Championships 0
Victories 0
Podiums 3
Points 100
Pole Positions 0
Fastest Laps 0
First Race 1987 Phoenix
First Victory {{{first win2}}}
Last Victory {{{last win2}}}
Last Race 1987 Miami
Best Finish 7th (1987)


Isabella Noriko (born 8th April 1965 in Novena, Singapore) is a Singaporean driver of Japanese and Italian descent who is the first and so far only driver in Formula One to compete from Singapore, making her debut for Larrousse Calmels in the 1988 Formula One season. She would remain with the Larrousse team for the entirety of her career in F1, initially due to her Singaporean backing but was retained by the team for her development input. Along with Maria Teresa de Filippis and Lella Lombardi Noriko is one of the few women to have scored points in Formula 1, having scored her first points at the 1990 United States Grand Prix with a 5th place finish.

Early life

Born to a Japanese bussinessman who emigrated in the late 1950s to Singapore, and to a Italian mother, Noriko's early life was mostly spent in Japan, where she had a high class education and was known for acting in a strict manner, having no sense of humour, being stubborn and always aiming at being the best. She learned Japanese, German, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin and English. She later became a Engineering graduate at the Tokyo University of Science.

Japanese racing (1984-86)

Her father later invited her and her mother to a racing event at Suzuka, the 1000km of 1984, due to a sponsor meeting. She was taken away by the racing, and asked her father to fund a few sportscar events, which while initially relunctant to, he accepted. Despite her inexperience with the machinery, she won some of these events, and eventually started to rise up in the Japanese racing scene.

In 1985, after she finished her graduate, she started to become interested in open-wheeler racing, and decided to give the Japanese Formula 2 a go. She in her first year was seen as a mediocre driver, but she did shine a few times, most notably, when she won the RRC Fuji F2 Champions race after a heated battle between Kenneth Acheson, Masahiro Hasemi, Keinji Takahashi and herself. In 1986 however, she improved this further. She challenged the title after some setbacks (most notably, a rather hard crash caused by Hideshi Matsuda which forced her to stay out a round). She then went onto score three grand chelems, and in the finale, was close to winning the title, if it wasn't for a faulty tyre in the pitlane. Even though she had the same points as Satoru Nakajima, Nakajima won on counter of having more points without the dropped ones. Despite this, she wasn't moved by this one bit and continued on.

CART (1987)

After her 1986 season, she took a trip back to Singapore. With the growing economy, many state companies supported her, in no small part thanks to conviction of his father of course. She then managed to land a seat at Galles Racing. In her CART stint, she surprised everyone by being Rookie of the Year in the Indy 500, and then in the championship, by finishing 7th overall. Her driving style, very safe on her tyres, was key in CART, and she was able to score some amazing points, which included that 5th place in the Indy 500. She amazed even more by scoring two 2nd places and a 3rd place in the finale.

F1 - Larrousse (1988-)

Noriko (background) retires from the 1989 Portuguese Grand Prix as eventual race winner Frédéric-Maxime Voeckler (foreground) goes past.

With Larrousse's opening of seats after Alliot and Matarazzo's contract release, Noriko thought of making a jump to Formula One. She bringed with her much needed money for Larrousse thanks to her Singaporean backing. Despite attempts from both Larrousse and Ichiro at trying to lobby Zakspeed, they weren't able to get their engines, and had to settle for the Ford DFRs. Her teammate for the first half of the season would be Aguri Suzuki, a fellow Japanese driver who was thought of as more talented thanks to his experience in Europe. However, this would be proven wrong, as Suzuki, apart from a 9th place obtained at Monaco thanks to a rookie mistake by Noriko, proved to be vastly inferior in both talent and experience. He did not even qualify three times, and he seemed completely clueless in this new racing enviroment. Noriko, while not entirely used to F1, proved to be far more adapt a lot more times, if a bit unlucky with reliability issues. She saw this season as mostly getting used to F1, and tried her best. With Aguri Suzuki getting replaced by Harvey Jones mid-season, Noriko and Jones did a lot of cooperation, with Noriko's more technical edge providing a backbone for Jones' raw talent. She ended up 24th in the standings, with 0 points.

1989 proved to be a vastly better season. Ichiro had conviced Lamborghini, who had settled on Larrousse for works engine supply, to give Noriko semi-official backing, something that would help Noriko immensely. The Jones/Noriko pair was renewed for another year, with the lot continuing their technical cooperation; Jones was on his last year, and sought to transfer a lot of his knowlodge onto Noriko. The season at first was hard, due to frustrations with the new V12 engine, but after Canada, she started to gain a lot more, culminating in her knowing the 3512 from start to finish, helped thanks to her partnership with Lambo. Despite not finishing with points (coming close two times at Bikernieki and Estoril) she saw a massive progress in her technical knowlodge and driving skills.

After racing

After racing, Noriko returned to Singapore and became a very sucessful bussinesswoman, and was one of the main investors in the Singaporean Grand Prix.

Personal Life

Noriko's father, Ichirō (born 1912, died 2004), came from a very sucessful merchant family, and fervently supported the Japanese war effort. Her mother, Ilse Ciampac (born 1925, died 2011), was an Austrian-Italian who her family emigrated during WW1.

She practices Shintoism.

She has residences in Singapore, Japan, and Hong Kong.

Noriko dedicates a good part of her life to studying Japanese history, culture and religion, often doing various visits at Japan in her spare time.

Results

Complete Japanese Formula Two results

(Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 DC Points
1985 Advan Team Nova SUZ
4
FUJ
4
MIN
4
SUZ
4
SUZ
Ret
FUJ
1
SUZ
7
SUZ
6
4th 64 (70)
1986 Marlboro Team Nova SUZ
4
FUJ
3
MIN
Ret
SUZ
INJ
SUZ
1
FUJ
1
SUZ
1
SUZ
4
2nd 92

American Open-Wheel racing results

CART

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Rank Points
1987 Galles Sport PHX
16
LBH
8
INDY
5
MIL
12
POR
9
MEA
4
CLE
22
TOR
DNS
MIC
8
POC
2
ROA
2
MDO
7
NAZ
12
LAG
5
MIA
3
7th 100

Formula One

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 WDC Points
1988 Larrousse Calmels Lola LC88 Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8 BRA
Ret
SMR
Ret
MON
10
MEX
11
CAN
Ret
DET
17
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
YUG
DNQ
SOV
16
ITA
17
BEL
17
JAP
17
AUS
16
NC 0
1989 Larrousse Calmels Lola LC89 Lamborghini LE-3512 3.5 V12 BRA
Ret
SMR
Ret
MON
DNPQ
FRA
DNPQ
USA
DNQ
CAN
Ret
GBR
12
GER
11
HUN
DNQ
SOV
7
POR
Ret
ITA
12
BEL
13
JAP
15
AUS
Ret
MEX
DNQ
NC 0
1990 Yeo's Larrousse F1 Lola LC90 Lamborghini LE-3512 3.5 V12 USA
5
BRA
Ret
PAC
Ret
SMR
Ret
MON
5
CAN
Ret
MEX
5
FRA
4
GBR
Ret
GER
8
HUN
6
BEL
11†
ITA
6
POR
6
JPN
6
AUS
8
10th 13