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Roberto Merhi
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Driver Details
Nationality Flag of Spain Spanish
Date of Birth 22 March 1991
Date of Death
Début 2017 Barcelona Feature Race
Titles
Formula Two Career
Entries 28 (27 Starts)
Wins 0
First Win
Poles 0
FLs 0
Points 77
Former Teams Flag of Spain Campos Racing
Flag of Italy Rapax

Roberto Merhi Muntan, born 22 March 1991, is a Spanish racing driver whom completed for MP Motorsport during the 2018 FIA Formula Two Championship.[1] Better known simply as Roberto Merhi, the Spaniard is one of the most experienced racers on the 2018 grid, having competed in Formula One, the World Endurance Championship and the DTM.

Background

Merhi's career began in karting, with the Spaniard winning several national championships before progressing to the Italian Formula Renault and Eurocup series in 2007. The Spaniard's maiden season in a race car saw him end the former series in fourth place overall, earning him a seat in the West European Series for 2008 alongside a second season in the Eurocup. Merhi would go on to finish as runner-up in the FR-WEC, fourth in the Eurocup, and complete a handful of races in the Spanish Formula Three Championship.

Mercedes Motivation

For 2009 Merhi moved into the renowned Formula 3 Euro Series, joining future Formula One employers Manor Motorsport. After a successful maiden campaign, with Merhi standing on the podium four times, the Spaniard moved to Mücke Motorsport for 2010, ending that campaign in fifth having also competed in the GP3 Series. A third move to Prema followed in 2011, which ultimately resulted in Merhi becoming the penultimate F3 Euro Series Champion having claimed eleven victories.

Merhi's F3 success earned him a spot in the newly re-forged Mercedes-Benz Junior Team, an honour which also secured the Spaniard a seat in the DTM. Unfortunately for Merhi his season with the customer Persson Motorsport team saw him fail to score a point in 2012, although the Spaniard was retained for the 2013 season. For his second DTM season Merhi would move to the factory HWA squad, but, despite claiming a maiden podium finish at the season finale, the Spaniard would be dropped from the series at the end of the season.

2014 saw Merhi join the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, with Mercedes still funding some of the Spaniard's racing for the time being. A successful debut season saw Merhi end the season in the top three in the Championship, although the Spaniard would move to another team for 2015. That move would coincide with Merhi's promotion to Formula One, with the Spaniard signed up to Manor for his maiden F1 campaign.[2]

Promise Unfulfilled

Unfortunately for Merhi 2015 would not be a highlight of his career, for the Spaniard would lose his F1 seat before the end of the season, losing out to Alexander Rossi. Indeed, Merhi would end his maiden F1 campaign pointless, with a lack of funding for Manor, and himself, ultimately ending any hopes of a return for 2016. Furthermore, Merhi would earn himself a ban in Formula Renault, with the Spaniard deemed to have brake-checked Nicholas Latifi at the finish of a race in Austria, ending his season in FR prematurely.

Formula Two History

Having been dropped from F1 and FR 3.5, Merhi made the step to the newly re-named FIA Formula Two Championship, joining Campos Racing for the 2017 pre-season test.[3] The Spaniard would have to wait, however, to get his first shot in an F2 race, with Merhi stepping in to replace Stefano Coletti in Barcelona.[3] Yet, a pointless weekend on his debut would see Merhi dropped by Campos, with Robert Vișoiu coming in to replace him.[4]

Reputation Rebuilding

Merhi's 2017 campaign was not over, however, for Rapax approached the Spaniard to replace compatriot Sergio Canamasas for the final rounds of the season.[5] This time Merhi would finish in the points claiming seventh and sixth in the two races at Spa.[6] The Spaniard would go on to score another handful of points in the Monza Sprint Race, but missed his second home races in Jerez. Merhi would return, however, for the season finale, although failed to score in Yas Marina.[7]

MP Master

MP Motorsport decided to bring Merhi in for the 2018 edition of F2, partnering him with young Swiss racer Ralph Boschung.[1]

Post Formula Two Career

Full Formula Two Record

Shown below are a series of tables outlining Roberto Merhi's career in Formula Two in statistical form.

Formula Two Entries

The list below includes all of the teams and cars, as well as overall finishing positions for Roberto Merhi during their F2 career:

Roberto Merhi's Overall Formula Two Record
Year Entrant No. Car Pos. Pts.
2017 Flag of Spain Campos Racing 12 Dallara GP2/11 18th 16
Flag of Italy Rapax 19
2018 Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 9 Dallara F2 2018

Career Results

Below is a table showing Roberto Merhi's full Formula Two record.

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 18th 16
F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S
19th 12th 7th 6th 11th 5th 16th 10th
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 12th 61
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 11th 8th 7th 13th Ret 3rd 7th DSQ 15th 4th 16th 11th 9th 11th 5th 9th 6th 8th 3rd

References

Videos and Images:

References:
  1. 1.0 1.1 Phillip Horton, 'Ex-F1 driver Roberto Merhi completes 2018 F2 grid', motorsportweek.com, (Motorsport Week Motorsport Media Services Ltd., 04/04/2018), https://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/17558, (Accessed 14/06/2018)
  2. Freeman, Glenn, 'Roberto Merhi to race for Manor F1 team in Australian Grand Prix', autosport.com, (Haymarket Media, 10 March 2015), http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/117975, (Accessed 10 March 2015)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Jacobo Vega; David Gruz, 'Ex-F1 driver Roberti Merhi to replace Stefano Coletti at Campos in F2', autosport.com, (Haymarket Media, 10/05/2017), https://www.autosport.com/f2/news/129425/merhi-to-replace-coletti-at-campos-in-f2, (Accessed 05/07/2018)
  4. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named RV17A
  5. Jacobo Vega, 'Ex-Formula 1 driver Roberto Merhi back to Formula 2 again', autosport.com, (Motorsport Network, 17/11/2017), https://www.autosport.com/f2/news/133103/exf1-driver-merhi-back-to-f2-again, (Accessed 05/07/2018)
  6. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Spa17SR
  7. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Yas17SR
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