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The entry for the 1981 Brazilian Grand Prix contained the unlikely name of Ricardo Londoño-Bridge in the number 14 Ensign – unlikely due both to its reference to a bridge over the River Thames and to his limited credentials to race in Formula 1.
He arrived in Rio de Janeiro and tested during the week, crashing into Keke Rosberg’s Fittipaldi but setting fairly respectable times. However, his application for a super licence was refused before the race and his F1 career was over before it had begun. Marc Surer was back in the car by the time official practice started and he finished fourth in the best race of his career.
Career before his Formula 1 attempt
Prior to his aborted GP attempt, Londoño-Bridge had started by racing bikes and stock cars in South America. He then gained some sports car and Can-Am experience in North America during 1979 and 1980. He also made a one-off appearance in the 1980 British F1 series at Silverstone when seventh in Colin Bennett’s Lotus 78-Ford.
Following his Brazilian disappointment, the Colombian joined Docking Spitzley Team Toleman for four races in the 1981 European Formula 2 Championship. He finished ninth on his debut at Pau but his pace suggested the FISA officials had been correct to turn down his F1 licence application. Londoño-Bridge retired from the sport in 1985 after five more starts in IMSA.
Subsequent business interests included property and hotels in Colombia but one of F1’s most unlikely aspirants was murdered in 2009 along with two associates – the victims of a drive-by shooting.
European F2 Championship
Docking Spitzley Team Toleman
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Aurora AFX British F1 Championship
Colin Bennett Racing
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