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Omer Said
SAI00
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Tur Turkish
Active years 1988-1995, 1997-2000, 2002-2003, 2005-
Teams Lotus, Sauber, McLaren, Jordan
Races 191
Championships 0
Wins 6
Podiums 26
Career points 209
Pole positions 7
Fastest laps 8
First race 1988 Brazilian Grand Prix
First win 1988 Brazilian Grand Prix
Last win 1999 Monaco Grand Prix
  • 1988 Lotus of Said
  • 1991 Lotus of Said
  • 1992 Lotus of Said
  • 1993 Lotus of Said
  • 1994 Lotus of Said
  • 1995 Sauber of Said
  • 1997 Jordan of Said
  • 1998 McLaren of Said
  • 1998 Jordan of Said
  • 1999 Jordan of Said
  • 2000 Jordan of Said

Omer Said is a Turkish racing driver who races at Race Department Simulation Career.

Formula One careerEdit

1988Edit

Having failed to get any seats at the 1987 season due to economical constraints, Said entered the 1988 season with more ambition, and eventually successfully signed a contract with Team Lotus thanks to his country's financial backing.

Driving as Sebastien Levret's team-mate, Said managed to win the first race of the season with a dominant performance. After two terrible races, he won again at the fourth race of the season at Mexico, Hermanos Rodriguez.

Fifth race of the season, Canadian Grand Prix went very bad for him. He qualified only 13th on the grid. In the first part of the race he was held up by Fred Owen's March, and eventually crashed out into the barriers after a collision with Williams' Old Wolf.

Sixth and seventh rounds of the season too, did not go well for Said as he retired at Detroit and finished 18th at France.

With the eighth round of the season, Said's luck turned and he managed to prove a great climb-up into 2nd from 17th grid spot. His title rival Aidan Keranen's retirement rose him up to the championship lead again.

The German Grand Prix started well for Said as he was qualified on 7th. But the race was marred by constant traffic, then Sasha Jednak pushed him out of the track while fighting for the 6th position. He returned to track in 14th, and finished there as the incident happened on the final few laps.

Hungary was a terrible race for Said again. Starting from a bad position due to his poor qualifying performance, the Turkish had a race with fightings in the midfield until his engine gave up.

Belgian Grand Prix, which is held on Said's personal favorite track, Spa-Francorchamps, witnessed Said's return to podium. After a problematic qualifying session, Said started from the dead last, 22th spot. But with a great pitstop strategy and focused drive, he managed to finish on 2nd.

After Belgium, Said failed to prove a solid performance and finished the season on 3rd position. Only highlight was the 3rd place at the Portuguese Grand Prix.

1991Edit

Said decided to stick with Team Lotus. But the season went very abyssmal for the Turkish driver. Failed to score any points and finished on 21st position.

1992Edit

Again with Team Lotus, Said started the season with a points finish at South Africa. But the rest of the season did not so well. A few points finishes and a 3rd place podium at Portugal were the highlights of the season.

Even tough having a bad season, Said was happy with the realibilty of the car. He finished the season on 15th spot with 12 points.

1993Edit

Said extended his contract with the British squad, Team Lotus. The first race at South Africa ended with a crash and it was repeated with the European Grand Prix. These two bad races were seperated with a third place in Brasil.

Chasing Lesley Buurlage of Tyrell, Said finished on 2nd for three consecutive times and managed to achieve victory at the French Grand Prix to decrease the gap with the leader to 20 points.

After a disappointing 7th in Germany, Said bounced back by winning the Hungarian Grand Prix from the pole position. The Turkish driver managed to stay in the lead for the whole race and won ahead of his team-mate, Sebastien Levret with a crushing 1 minute gap. This result shrinked his title-fight gap to 24 points.

Said's favorite track, Spa-Francorchamps presented a nightmare for the Lotus driver. After starting on 3rd, he quickly began to lose ground against Tyrells and finally had a gearbox problem while Buurlage finished on 2nd place.

Said started on pole at the Porteguese Grand Prix, but could not hold Lesley off and finished 2nd behind him. With this result, Lesley became the world champion before two races of the season's end.

Said made a great finish to the season with a pole position and a victory at Austrulia. With this result, he finished the championship as the runner-up to Lesley Buurlage.

1994Edit

Said retained his seat at Team Lotus for another year. He teamed up with Sebastien Levret again. In the winter tests, solid laptimes encouraged the team and the Turkish driver. Said began to the season with high hopes and title ambitions.

First race at Brasil was a big disappointment for Lotus as Said finished on 11th while Levret came 13th. Said stated his unhappiness clearly after the race. Next several races kept going terrible and without point finishes and Said made numerous negative statements about Lotus' poor performance.

Just in these times, after the British Grand Prix, Lotus announced their withdrawal from F1 at the end of the season. Said immediately started negotiations for a new contract for 1995 season.

After the European Grand Prix, in which Said scored 1 point, he announced his contract with Sauber for the next season.

1995Edit

With his new team, Red Bull Sauber Ford, the Turkish driver paired up with the Greek driver, Manolis Sigoulakis. Said expressed his high hopes for the season in the pre-season testings and his laptimes were solid.

The season opener at Brasil went terrible for Said. After a rainy and chaotic qualifying, he started on 15th place. In the race he got into a few incidents and pitted for repairs one time. In the end he finished 17th. But the car showed a glimpse of good pace and it gave him hope for the next races.

Disappointment of the first race vanished in Argentina as Said took the 4th spot on the grid and finished the race with a promising 2nd place amidst many retirements and incidents. Even tough the Turkish driver expressed his happiness with the result, he reminded that luck played a great part in his podium finish.

Remainder of the season went terrible for Said as Sauber suffered many reliability issues and lacked the pace. Said also made some mistakes which ruined his solid qualifying results.

After a very misfortunate and frustrating season, Said declared that he will take a year off in 1996 and reconsider his options ahead.

1997Edit

Said negotiated with several teams before the start of the season, but could not find any opening for himself. Then Eddie Jordan and Davin Rizuki had some problems about their contract agreements and Rizuki left the team abruptly. This opening provided Said with a seat at Jordan. He teamed up with Rami Saidy, another newcomer to the team.

Despite the fact that he did not have a chance to test the car in the winter tests, at the Austrulian grand prix, Said managed to qualify on 6th position, and finish the race in 5th spot after dropping down in the start.

Even though Said had a strong qualifying performance, his race results were not bright as much. His two pole positions did not bring him any victory. He expressed his discontent with the pace of the car. After the Italian Grand Prix, Said announced his contract deal with McLaren for 1998. This announcement widened the gap between him and Eddie Jordan.

While his relationship with the team considered to be getting worse, he managed to score a podium finish at Japan. After the race, Said and Jordan were seen in a friendly manner together holding the trophy.

1998Edit

Said made a proper start with his new team, Mclaren. Scored points in first 3 races, and finished on 2nd place at Argentina. But then the things went downhill. After three retirements and pointless races, Said and the team began to quarrel, publicly after the French Grand Prix at which the Turkish driver retired once again.

To everybody's surprise, Aidan Keranen and Said swapped seats days before the British Grand Prix, even though the Turkish driver left Jordan with a bitter-sweat in the end of 1997. Eddie Jordan welcomed back Said warmly as the two posed friendly handshakes to the media. The swap brought it's fruits immediately as Said returned to points with a 5th position finish.

However, the rest of the season did not live up to the hype in Britian, Said's races were marred by technical problems, personal mistakes and lack of qualifying pace.

Complete Formula One 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 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 DC Points
1988 Camel Team Lotus Honda BRA
1
SAN
15
MON
Ret
MEX
1
CAN
Ret
DET
Ret
FRA
18
GBR
2
GER
14
HUN
Ret
BEL
2
ITA
10
POR
3
ESP
Ret
JPN
12
AUS
18
3rd 34
1991 Team Lotus USA
8
BRA
9
SAN
Ret
MON
11
CAN
8
MEX
9
FRA
10
GBR
16
GER
14
HUN
16
BEL
9
ITA
Ret
POR
9
ESP
14
JPN
Ret
AUS
9
21st 0
1992 Team Lotus RSA
4
MEX
12
BRA
13
ESP
7
SAN
6
MON
4
CAN
13
FRA
6
GBR
12
GER
9
HUN
Ret
BEL
Ret
ITA
14
POR
3
JPN
7
AUS
Ret
15th 12
1993 Team Lotus International RSA
Ret
BRA
3
EUR
Ret
SAN
5
ESP
2
MON
2
CAN
2
FRA
1
GBR
2
GER
7
HUN
1
BEL
Ret
ITA
3
POR
2
JPN
3
AUS
1
2nd 74
1994 Team Lotus BRA
11
PAC
12
SAN
9
MON
10
ESP
Ret
CAN
15
FRA
Ret
GBR
9
GER
7
HUN
6
BEL
10
ITA
7
POR
12
EUR
6
JPN
10
AUS
13
20th 2
1995 Red Bull Sauber Ford BRA
17
ARG
2
SAN
8
ESP
16
MON
Ret
CAN
Ret
FRA
13
GBR
Ret
GER
13
HUN
9
BEL
Ret
ITA
5
POR
8
EUR
Ret
PAC
9
JPN
7
AUS
9
15th 8
1997 Benson & Hedges Jordan Peugeot AUS
5
BRA
13
ARG
Ret
SAN
Ret
MON
14
ESP
10
CAN
5
FRA
3
GBR
10
GER
9
HUN
Ret
BEL
14
ITA
7
AUT
Ret
LUX
Ret
JPN
3
EUR
15
13th 12
1998 West McLaren Mercedes AUS
4
BRA
6
ARG
2
SAN
8
ESP
Ret
MON
12
CAN
16
FRA
Ret
12th 13
Benson & Hedges Jordan GBR
5
AUT
Ret
GER
6
HUN
Ret
BEL
Ret
ITA
13
LUX
15
JPN
16
1999 Benson & Hedges Jordan AUS
5
BRA
14
SAN
Ret
MON
1
ESP
7
CAN
Ret
FRA
8
GBR
19
AUT
12
GER
5
HUN
12
BEL
12
ITA
15
EUR
6
MAL
9
JPN
17
8th 15
2000 Benson & Hedges Jordan AUS
9
BRA
17
SAN
14
GBR
Ret
ESP
Ret
EUR
15
MON
6
CAN
12
FRA
10
AUT
13
GER
2
HUN
Ret
BEL
Ret
ITA
Ret
USA
6
JPN
5
MAL
14
16th 10
2002 Red Bull Sauber Petronas AUS
MAL
BRA
SMR
ESP
AUT
MON
CAN
EUR
16
GBR
17
FRA
7
GER
18
HUN
16
BEL
9
ITA
10
USA
Ret
JPN
8
22nd 0
2003 Red Bull Sauber Petronas AUS
Ret
MAL
Ret
BRA
5
SMR
3
ESP
6
AUT
11
MON
7
CAN
3
EUR
8
FRA
3
GBR
8
GER
9
HUN
11
ITA USA JPN 8th 29
2005 Jordan Grand Prix AUS MAL BAH SMR ESP MON EUR CAN USA FRA GBR GER HUN TUR
21
ITA
12
BEL
Ret
BRA
12
JPN
10
CHN
Ret
24th 0

Grand Prix winsEdit

Endurance CareerEdit

Said participated in Epsilon Euskadi Endurance Series for two seasons (1889-1990) with 2KF1 Racing. He managed to win a race and helped his team to get a constructor's title.

Season Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 DC Points
1889 2KF1 Racing Endurance Team NED
18
ESP
6
USA
Ret
AUT
12
GBR
16
SCO
17
EUR
5
NAM
5
ESP
5
SUI
4
ENG
2
ITA
3
RUS
Ret
GRE
Ret
WAL
1
GER
4
ALA
9
AUS
6
5th 56
1990 2KF1 Racing Endurance Team AUS
10
GRE
7
TUR
Ret
LEB
15
NED
Ret
GBR
7
FRA
20
ESP
Ret
USA
15
CAN
Ret
ALA
6
AUT
Ret
GER
13
SUI
14
ROM
5
EUR
13
ITA
10
FIN
7
WAL
10
19th 13

DTM CareerEdit

Said participated in Germany's most prestigious touring car series, DTM as well. He raced for Vodafone GT Racing while he had a race victory and plenty of points in his first season.

In his 2nd season, he switched to Speedy Racing after missing 2 weekends.

Rest of the season did not go well for the Turkish, and he decided to retire from the series at the end of the season.


Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 DC Points
1996 Vodafone GT Racing GBR
10
GBR
10
GBR
10
NED
6
NED
5
NED
18
ITA
4
ITA
16
ITA
1
AUT
Ret
AUT
9
AUT
6
BEL
3
BEL
5
BEL
10
6th 112
1997 Speedy Racing NED
DNS
NED
DNS
NED
DNS
AUT
DNS
AUT
DNS
AUT
DNS
GER
Ret
GER
Ret
GER
10
BRA
12
BRA
13
BRA
5
AUS
Ret
AUS
14
AUS
1
MON
9
MON
9
MON
8
UAE
12
UAE
13
UAE
8
POR
7
POR
10
POR
4
AUS
9
AUS
6
AUS
12
BEL
9
BEL
9
BEL
3
15th 162

Formula FG CareerEdit

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 17 18 DC Points
Season 1 Vittel Cedars Motorsports AUS
12
MAY
11
BRA
17
SAN
2
SPA
15
AUT
8
MON
3
CAN
10
EUR
2
FRA
Ret
GBR
7
GER
Ret
HUN
5
BEL
11
ITA
Ret
USA
15
JPN
Ret
9th 72

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