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Luca Ghiotto
Luca Ghiotto 2019
Driver Details
Nationality Flag of Italy Italian
P.o.B. Flag of Italy Arzignano, Veneto, Italy
D.o.B. 24 February 1995
D.o.D.
Début Flag of Bahrain 2017 Bahrain Feature Race
Best Finish 3rd (2019)
Formula Two Career
Entries 87 (86 Starts)
Wins 6
First Win Flag of Italy 2017 Monza Sprint Race
Poles 2
FLs 5
Podiums 24
Points 530
Former Teams Flag of Russia Russian Time; Flag of Spain Campos Vexatec Racing; Flag of the United Kingdom UNI-Virtuosi
Current Season
Team Flag of the United Kingdom Hitech Grand Prix
Number Standings Points
25 9th 89

Luca Ghiotto (born 24 February 1995 in Arzignano, Veneto, Italy) is an Italian born racing driver, whom competes for Hitech Grand Prix as their lead driver in the 2020 FIA Formula 2 Championship.[1] The elder statesman in the F2 field, Ghiotto has had a lot of experience in other junior categories, but has never taken an overall title.

Ghiotto's F2 career began in 2017, when the Italian racer was signed to the Russian Time squad alongside Artem Markelov, having competed in the GP2 Series in 2016.[2] Ghiotto would claim his first F2 victory at the 2017 Monza Sprint Race, as he claimed fourth in the Championship and aided Russian Time to the Teams' Championship title.[3]

For 2018 Ghiotto would secure a drive with Campos Racing, partnering rookie Roy Nissany.[4] Unfortunately for Ghiotto the Campos entry was not a competitive one with the new Dallara F2 2018, although he did claim four podium finishes en-route to eighth in the Championship.[5]

2019 saw Ghiotto return to the Russian Time squad, although they had been reformed as UNI-Virtuosi and hired Renault Sport Academy driver Guanyu Zhou for the campaign.[6] It proved to be a more competitive campaign for Ghiotto, as the Italian racer flirted with a Championship bid, claiming four victories, although he ultimately had to settle for third to crushing Champion Nyck de Vries.[7]

Yet another move would follow for Ghiotto in 2020, with the Italian racer joining the new Hitech Grand Prix squad for the campaign, partnered by Nikita Mazepin.[1]

Background

Ghiotto's racing career began in karting, with the Italian racer rising through the ranks to get into the KF3 European Championship at the age of thirteen, taking the title at his first attempt. He would continue to compete in the KF3 class until the end of 2010, although rather than step into the World Championship scene, Ghiotto earned a spot in the Formula Abarth Championship for 2011.

Formula Footsteps

Ghiotto's maiden season racing cars came at the wheel of a Prema prepared Formula Abarth machine, with the Italian racer competing in both the Italian and European Championships. A relatively strong season saw Ghiotto claim ninth overall in Italy, and sixth in the European edition. The Italian racer stayed in the series for 2012, and duly ended the year as runner-up in both series.

Formula Renault tempted Ghiotto for the 2013 season, with the Italian racer taking part in the Alps and NEC championships for the year. It was Ghiotto's Alps campaign that proved to be the better, with the Italian just missing out on the title to compatriot Antonio Fuoco at the end of the season. Ghiotto was therefore promoted to the Formula Renault 3.5 Series for 2014, although a dismal campaign saw him end the year in the bottom half of the table.

Ghiotto would also get his first experience of the GP3 Series in 2014, with the Italian racer taking part in several races for Trident. That developed into a full-season deal for 2015, with Ghiotto going on to duel Esteban Ocon for the title. Ultimately, it was Ocon whom came out on top, although Ghiotto had done enough to earn a spot in Trident's GP2 Series team for 2016.

GP2/Formula Two History

Ghiotto joined Trident's GP2 effort ahead of the 2016 season, partnering Indonesian racer Philo Paz Armand for the full campaign.[8] Unfortunately for Ghiotto his start of his GP2 campaign would not go well, with the Italian having to wait until the fifth race of the season to claim his first points finish.[9] The Italian would retire from two of the opening four races, including crashing at the start of his debut race in Barcelona.[10]

Trying Trident

Ghiotto's performances would improve after his first points finish, with the Italian finishing fourth in the Feature Race at the Red Bull Ring a fortnight later.[11] Ghiotto then enjoyed his best weekend of his season to that point, securing his first podium finish, as well as fastest lap, in the 2016 Silverstone Sprint Race.[12] A miserable weekend in Hungary would follow, before Ghiotto again stood on the podium in Hockenheim.[13]

A third podium of the season for Ghiotto followed at Spa-Francorchamps, followed up by another solid Feature Race performance at his home race in Monza.[14] A fortnight later and Ghiotto finally gained a race win in GP2, sweeping to victory after starting from the front row at the 2016 Sepang Sprint Race.[15] Unfortunately Ghiotto's season would end with a double non-score in Yas Marina, leaving the Italian in eighth place in the Championship.[16]

Russian Renovation

Ghiotto stayed in the GP2 Series for 2017, and hence became an inaugural member of the newly re-forged FIA Formula Two Championship when Liberty Media and the FIA agreed to rename the series.[2] He did, however, jump ship to Russian Time ahead of the season, partnering Artem Markelov for the first edition of F2, with the pair starting the season among the favourites.[17] Indeed, Ghiotto seemed to have taken the next step after his switch to the Russian squad, for the Italian would stand on the podium twice in the first four races.[18]

However, in-spite of the fact that Ghiotto would, like Markelov, become a consistent point scorer, their chances of the title faded drastically as momentum gathered around Charles Leclerc. Furthermore it was the veteran Markelov, not Ghiotto, whom emerged as team leader at Russian Time, with Ghiotto having to wait until the Silverstone Sprint Race to stand on the podium for a third time in 2017.[19] A double score followed in Hungary, before Ghiotto scored another double podium weekend in Spa-Francorchamps, launching him into the top five in the Championship.[20]

A week later and Ghiotto enjoyed his best weekend in F2, with the Italian claiming his first F2 victory in front of his home fans at Monza, claiming victory from fifth in the sprint race.[21] That, however, was largely it for Ghiotto for the rest of the season, with the Italian only getting onto the podium once more in the final four races.[22] Indeed, his lack of major points during the final four races was telling for Ghiotto, for it shuffled the Italian racer out of the top three at the end of the season, although his and Markelov's end-of-year total was enough to secure Russian Time the title in the Teams' Championship.[3]

Campos Contemporary

Ghiotto moved to Campos Racing for the 2018 edition of F2, becoming the team's lead driver as he was partnered by rookie Roy Nissany.[4]

Post GP2/Formula Two Career

Ghiotto completed his first Formula One test in August 2017, taking part in the in-season test at the Hungaroring for Williams F1.[23]

Full GP2/Formula Two Record

Shown below are a series of tables outlining Luca Ghiotto'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 Luca Ghiotto during their F2 career:

Ghiotto's Overall GP2 Series Record
Year Entrant No. Car Pos. Pts.
2016 Flag of Italy Trident 15 Dallara GP2/11 8th 111
Ghiotto's Overall Formula Two Record
2017 Flag of Russia Russian Time[2] 5 Dallara GP2/11 4th 185
2018 Flag of Spain Campos Vexatec Racing[4] 14 Dallara F2 2018 8th 111
2019 Flag of the United Kingdom UNI-Virtuosi[6] 14 Dallara F2 2018 3rd 207
2020 Flag of the United Kingdom Hitech Grand Prix[1] 25 Dallara F2 2018

Career Results

Below is a table showing Luca Ghiotto's full GP2/Formula Two record.

FIA GP2 Series Record
Year Rounds Pos. Pts.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
2016 Flag of Spain Flag of Monaco Flag of Azerbaijan Flag of Austria Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Hungary Flag of Germany Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Malaysia Flag of the United Arab Emirates 8th 111
F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S
Ret 12th Ret 14th 9th 12th 4th 9th 5th 2nd 17th Ret 2nd 4th 7th 3rd 6th Ret 7th 1st 11th 19th
FIA Formula Two Championship Record
Year Rounds Pos. Pts.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
2017 Flag of Bahrain Flag of Spain Flag of Monaco Flag of Azerbaijan Flag of Austria Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Spain Flag of the United Arab Emirates 4th 185
F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S
7th 2nd 2nd 7th 5th 4th 16th 7th 14th 4th 6th 2nd 6th 8th 2nd 3rd 4th 1st 7th 4th 3rd 5th
2018 Flag of Bahrain Flag of Azerbaijan Flag of Spain Flag of Monaco Flag of France Flag of Austria Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Russia Flag of the United Arab Emirates 8th 111
F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S
12th 6th Ret 14th 4th 5th Ret 10th 3rd 3rd 12th 13th 5th 10th 6th 2nd 7th 6th 10th 6th Ret 14th 3rd 9th
2019 Flag of Bahrain Flag of Azerbaijan Flag of Spain Flag of Monaco Flag of France Flag of Austria Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Russia Flag of the United Arab Emirates 3rd 207
F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S
2nd 1st 9th Ret 4th 2nd DSQ Ret Ret 12th 2nd 2nd 1st 15th 4th 8th ABD CAN 2nd 15th 4th 1st 6th 1st
2020 Flag of Austria Flag of Styria Flag of Hungary Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Spain Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Tuscany Flag of Russia Flag of Bahrain Flag of Sakhir 9th 89
F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S
DNS Ret 11th 10th 4th 1st 17th 19th 13th 10th 8th 2nd 9th 5th 2nd 15th 2nd Ret

References

Videos and Images:

References:
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Adam Newton, 'Ghiotto and Mazepin confirmed for F2 debutants Hitech', gpblog.com, (Autosport International B.V., 07/02/2020), https://www.gpblog.com/en/news/54411/ghiotto-and-mazepin-confirmed-for-f2-debutants-hitech.html, (Accessed 04/03/2020)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Ollie Barstow, 'Ghiotto makes Russian Time switch for GP2 2017', crash.net, (Crash Media Group, 15/02/2017), https://www.crash.net/gp2/news/240260/1/ghiotto-makes-russian-time-switch-for-gp2-2017, (Accessed 05/07/2018)
  3. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Yas17SR
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Alex Kalinauckas, 'F2 race winner Ghiotto signs with Campos', motorsport.com, (Motorsport Network, 30/01/2018), https://www.motorsport.com/fia-f2/news/race-winner-ghiotto-campos-switch-1000463/?s=1, (Accessed 14/06/2018)
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  6. 6.0 6.1 'LUCA GHIOTTO COMPLETES UNI-VIRTUOSI RACING 2019 LINE-UP', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula Two, 06/12/2018), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2018/12_December/Luca-Ghiotto-completes-UNI-Virtuosi-Racing-2019-line-up/, (Accessed 06/12/2018)
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  8. Valentin Khorounzhiy, 'Ghiotto secures GP2 promotion with Trident', motorsport.com, (Motorsport Network, 07/02/2016), https://www.motorsport.com/fia-f2/news/ghiotto-secures-gp2-promotion-with-trident-672201/, (Accessed 05/07/2018)
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  23. 'Kubica fourth fastest on return as Vettel sets testing pace', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 02/08/2018), https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/headlines/2017/8/kubica-fourth-fastest-on-return-as-vettel-sets-testing-pace.html, (Accessed 05/07/2017)
2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship
Entrants
ART Grand PrixCampos RacingDAMSMP MotorsportPrema RacingPertamina ArdenRacing EngineeringRapaxRussian TimeTrident
Manufacturers
DallaraMecachromePirelli
Car/engine
Dallara GP2/11Mecachrome V8108 4.0l V8
Drivers
1 Charles Leclerc2 Antonio Fuoco3 Louis Delétraz/Nyck de Vries4 Gustav Malja5 Luca Ghiotto6 Artem Markelov7 Nobuharu Matsushita8 Alexander Albon/Sergey Sirotkin9 Oliver Rowland10 Nicholas Latifi11 Ralph Boschung/Lando Norris12 Stefano Coletti/Roberto Merhi/Robert Vișoiu/Álex Palou14 Sérgio Sette Câmara15 Jordan King16 Nabil Jeffri17 Sergio Canamasas/Raffaele Marciello/Callum Ilott/Santino Ferrucci18 Nyck de Vries/Louis Delétraz19 Johnny Cecotto, Jr./Sergio Canamasas/Roberto Merhi/René Binder20 Norman Nato21 Sean Gelael
Races
Bahrain FeatureBahrain SprintBarcelona FeatureBarcelona SprintMonaco FeatureMonaco SprintBaku FeatureBaku SprintRed Bull Ring FeatureRed Bull Ring SprintSilverstone FeatureSilverstone SprintHungaroring FeatureHungaroring SprintSpa FeatureSpa SprintMonze FeatureMonza SprintJerez FeatureJerez SprintYas Marina FeatureYas Marina Sprint
Tests
2016 Yas Marina Test2017 Le Castellet Test2017 Bahrain Test2017 Yas Marina Test
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ART Grand PrixBWT ArdenCampos Vexatec RacingCarlinCharouz Racing SystemDAMSMP MotorsportPertamina Prema Theodore RacingRussian TimeTrident
Manufacturers
DallaraMecachrome
Car/engine
Dallara F2 2018Mecachrome V634T 3.4l V6t
Drivers
1 Artem Markelov2 Tadasuke Makino3 Sean Gelael4 Nyck de Vries5 Alexander Albon6 Nicholas Latifi7 Jack Aitken8 George Russell9 Roberto Merhi/Dorian Boccolacci10 Ralph Boschung/Niko Kari11 Maximilian Günther/Dan Ticktum12 Nirei Fukuzumi14 Luca Ghiotto15 Roy Nissany/Roberto Merhi16 Arjun Maini17 Santino Ferrucci/Alessio Lorandi18 Sérgio Sette Câmara19 Lando Norris20 Louis Delétraz21 Antonio Fuoco
Races
Bahrain FeatureBahrain SprintBaku FeatureBaku SprintBarcelona FeatureBarcelona SprintMonaco FeatureMonaco SprintLe Castellet FeatureLe Castellet SprintRed Bull Ring FeatureRed Bull Ring SprintSilverstone FeatureSilverstone SprintHungaroring FeatureHungaroring SprintSpa FeatureSpa SprintMonze FeatureMonza SprintSochi FeatureSochi SprintYas Marina FeatureYas Marina Sprint
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2017 Yas Marina Test2018 Jerez Test2018 Barcelona Test2018 Yas Marina Test
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Entrants
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Manufacturers
DallaraMecachrome
Car/engine
Dallara F2 2018Mecachrome V634T 3.4l V6t
Drivers
1 Louis Delétraz2 Nobuharu Matsushita3 Nikita Mazepin4 Nyck de Vries5 Sérgio Sette Câmara6 Nicholas Latifi7 Guanyu Zhou8 Luca Ghiotto9 Mick Schumacher10 Sean Gelael11 Callum Ilott12 Juan Manuel Correa/Matevos Isaakyan14 Dorian Boccolacci/Arjun Maini/Marino Sato15 Jack Aitken16 Jordan King/Artem Markelov17 Mahaveer Raghunathan/Patricio O'Ward18 Tatiana Caldéron19 Anthoine Hubert20 Giuliano Alesi21 Ralph Boschung/Ryan Tveter/Dorian Boccolacci/Christian Lundgaard22 Artem Markelov
Races
Bahrain FeatureBahrain SprintBaku FeatureBaku SprintBarcelona FeatureBarcelona SprintMonaco FeatureMonaco SprintLe Castellet FeatureLe Castellet SprintRed Bull Ring FeatureRed Bull Ring SprintSilverstone FeatureSilverstone SprintHungaroring FeatureHungaroring SprintSpa FeatureSpa SprintMonze FeatureMonza SprintSochi FeatureSochi SprintYas Marina FeatureYas Marina Sprint
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2018 Yas Marina Test2019 Jerez Test2019 Barcelona Test2019 Yas Marina Test
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Entrants
ART Grand PrixBWT HWA RacelabCampos RacingCarlinCharouz Racing SystemDAMSHitech Grand PrixMP MotorsportPrema RacingTridentUNI-Virtuosi Racing
Manufacturers
DallaraMecachrome
Car/engine
Dallara F2 2018Mecachrome V634T 3.4l V6t
Drivers
1 Sean Gelael/Jüri Vips2 Dan Ticktum3 Guanyu Zhou4 Callum Ilott5 Marcus Armstrong6 Christian Lundgaard7 Yuki Tsunoda8 Jehan Daruvala9 Jack Aitken10 Guilherme Samaia11 Louis Delétraz12 Pedro Piquet14 Nobuharu Matsushita/Giuliano Alesi15 Felipe Drugovich16 Artem Markelov17 Giuliano Alesi/Jake Hughes20 Mick Schumacher21 Robert Shwartzman22 Roy Nissany23 Marino Sato24 Nikita Mazepin25 Luca Ghiotto
Races
Red Bull Ring FeatureRed Bull Ring SprintSpielberg FeatureSpielberg SprintHungaroring FeatureHungaroring SprintSilverstone FeatureSilverstone SprintAnniversary FeatureAnniversary SprintBarcelona FeatureBarcelona SprintSpa FeatureSpa SprintMonza FeatureMonza SprintMugello FeatureMugello SprintSochi FeatureSochi SprintBahrain FeatureBahrain SprintSakhir FeatureSakhir Sprint
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2019 Yas Marina Test2020 Bahrain Pre-Season Test2020 Bahrain Post-Season Test
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