|D.o.B.||22 April 1997|
|Début||2017 Bahrain Feature Race|
|Best Finish||0 (8th 2019)|
|Formula Two Career|
|Entries||87 (87 Starts)|
|Former Teams|| Racing Engineering|
|Team||Charouz Racing System|
Louis Delétraz (born 22 April 1997 in Geneva, Switzerland) is a Swiss racing driver whom competes for Charouz Racing System during the 2020 FIA Formula 2 Championship. A former Renault Sport Academy member and son of ex-F1 racer Jean-Denis Délétraz, Delétraz has steadily improved during his time in F2, having started the final two GP2 Series races in 2016.
After his cameo at the end of 2016, Delétraz was signed for a full season of the newly renamed FIA Formula 2 Championship in 2017, joining Racing Engineering. However, after scoring just a single point before the summer break, Delétraz would swap to the Rapax team, going on to claim a best finish of fourth at the 2017 Monza Sprint Race, ending the season in seventeenth in the Championship.
For 2018 Delétraz would secure a move to Charouz Racing System, partnering Antonio Fuoco as the Swiss race lost his Renault backing. Delétraz would secure his first F2 podium in Monaco, finishing second, with a second podium in Le Castellet leaving Delétraz in tenth in the Championship.
Delétraz moved to the Carlin team for the 2019 season, partnering Nobuharu Matsushita for the campaign. Once again, Delétraz would score a podium in the Monaco Sprint Race, with two further podia leaving Delétraz in eighth at the end of the season.
Delétraz began his career in his native Switzerland, entering several karting races from 2008 onwards. A quick rise through the ranks saw Delétraz become a series Champion in the Super Mini class, before he won the Vega Trofeo Junior Championship in 2011. With the Swiss ban on motorracing, however, Delétraz found himself having to leave Switzerland to get his first taste of car racing.
Delétraz made his car racing debut in the Formula BMW Talent Cup in 2012, starting each of the three races from pole. A single win in one of the races earned Delétraz some sponsor attention, with the Swiss racer duly given a seat in the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC for 2013. He would stay in the series for three straight seasons, ultimately taking the NEC title in 2015 having been enlisted in the BMW Motorsport Junior Programme earlier in the season.
For 2016 Delétraz moved full time in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, having taken part in the second half of the 2015 season. However, while the Swiss racer would end the 2016 season as runner-up in "Formula V8", BMW decided that Delétraz was not worth backing, and duly forced the Swiss racer out of their Junior Programme. Yet, Delétraz would end the year on a high, getting his first taste of a GP2 Series/F2 machine and getting a temporary contract with the Renault Sport Academy.
Formula Two History
Delétraz was given a chance to race in GP2 at the end of the 2016 season, taking over from Marvin Kirchhöfer at Carlin. A lacklustre performance from the Swiss racer saw him retire from one race and finish seventeenth in the other, although Delétraz did do enough to secure a full season drive with Racing Engineering for 2017. He would be partnered with GP2 veteran Gustav Malja for the year, with Renault agreeing to fund Delétraz at the start of the season.
An Engineering Experience: 2017
Delétraz's maiden F2 campaign opened with a quiet run to twentieth in 2017 Bahrain Feature Race, before the Swiss racer improved to twelfth in the corresponding Sprint. Delétraz further improved to claim eleventh and fourteenth in the two Barcelona races, before a quiet pair of races in Baku. Indeed, Delétraz proved to be a fairly anonymous presence in F2 at the following races, and would have to wait until the 2017 Hungaroring Feature Race to secure his maiden points finish.
Following the summer break, Delétraz would swap seats with fellow rookie Nyck de Vries, with the Swiss racer moving to Rapax while de Vries transferred to Racing Engineering. After a quiet start to his Rapax career in Spa, Delétraz's form improved dramatically in Monza, with the Swiss ace scoring seventh in the Feature, before claiming fourth in the Sprint, having battled for the podium throughout. After another pointless pair of races in Jerez, Delétraz ended the season with a tenth place and a retirement in Abu Dhabi.
Come the end of the campaign, Delétraz had scored sixteen points and seventeenth in the Championship.
A Charouz Ruse: 2018
Carlin Credit: 2019
Piquet's Professor?: 2020
Post Formula Two Career
Delétraz was named as a young driver for the Haas F1 Team at the end-of-season Pirelli tyre test, held in Abu Dhabi at the end of the 2018 Formula One season. The Swiss racer was subsequently signed as a simulator driver for Haas for the 2019 F1 season, although he would not get another test in an F1 car.
Full GP2/Formula Two Record
Shown below are a series of tables outlining Louis Delétraz's career in Formula Two in statistical form.
GP2/Formula Two Entries
The list below includes all of the teams and cars, as well as overall finishing positions for Louis Delétraz during their GP2/F2 career:
|Delétraz's Overall GP2 Series Record|
|Delétraz's Overall Formula Two Record|
|2017||Racing Engineering||3||Dallara GP2/11||17th||16|
|2018||Charouz Racing System||20||Dallara F2 2018||10th||74|
|2019||Carlin||1||Dallara F2 2018||8th||92|
|2020||Charouz Racing System||11||Dallara F2 2018|
Below is a table showing Louis Delétraz's full GP2/Formula Two record.