Roberto Merhi

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Roberto Merhi
Merhi Roberto.JPG
Merhi in 2009.
Nationality Spain Spanish
Born (1991-03-22) 22 March 1991 (age 23)
Castellón, Spain
2014 Formula Renault 3.5 Series
Debut season 2014
Current team Zeta Corse
Car no. 22
Starts 11
Championships 0
Wins 2
Poles 2
Fastest laps 1
Previous series
2012-13
200911
2009
2008
200708
200708
200607
DTM
Formula 3 Euro Series
British Formula Three
Formula Renault 2.0 WEC
Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup
Spanish Formula Three
Formula Renault 2.0 Italia
Championship titles
2011 Formula 3 Euro Series

Roberto Merhi Muntan (born 22 March 1991 in Castellón) is a Spanish auto racing driver, currently driving in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series for Zeta Corse.[1] Merhi is also a part of the revitalized Mercedes-Benz Junior Team, together with Christian Vietoris and Robert Wickens. Merhi's most notable accomplishment thus far is winning the championship in the 2011 Formula 3 Euro Series, while driving for Prema Powerteam.

Career[edit]

Merhi competing at the opening round of the 2009 Formula 3 Euro Series at Hockenheim.

Formula Renault[edit]

In 2007, Merhi mainly competed in Italian Formula Renault and the Formula Renault Eurocup, finishing 4th and 18th respectively. In 2008 he competed in the West European Series, where he was runner-up, and he finished 4th in the Eurocup. He also did five races in the Spanish Formula Three Championship.[2]

Formula Three[edit]

Merhi made the full-time step-up to Formula Three in 2009 when he was signed by Manor Motorsport for their Formula 3 Euro Series campaign, finishing seventh, with four podiums. He moved to Mücke Motorsport for the 2010 season, improving on his debut season by finishing fifth in the standings, with four podiums, including his maiden win at Hockenheim.[3] 2011 saw another change in teams for Merhi, this time joining Prema Powerteam. Merhi subsequently won the championship, getting 20 top-3 finishes, including 11 wins.

DTM[edit]

On 3 April 2012, Mercedes announced the revival of the Mercedes-Benz Junior Team that has guided several notable drivers in their racing careers like Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Karl Wendlinger and Michael Schumacher. With that announcement came the news that Roberto Merhi, together with the reigning Formula Renault 3.5 Series champion Robert Wickens and DTM-sophomore Christian Vietoris, would become a part of the new Junior Team and that the three of them would drive for the Junior Team in the 2012 DTM season. In addition to that, 7-time F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher will be involved with the three drivers by serving as a mentor. Merhi's entry into the DTM meant that he would be one of two Spaniards in the drivers field, together with Miguel Molina.[4]

Merhi scored no points in 2012 for Persson Motorsport. In his second season he switched to HWA Team. He collected a 7th place at the Norisring and two 10th finishes. In the final race of the season he recorded his best finish of 2nd to end the season 15th in the standings.

Formula Renault 3.5 Series[edit]

Merhi moved to Formula Renault 3.5 Series in 2014 with Zeta Corse.[5]

Formula One[edit]

Caterham (2014– )[edit]

Merhi made his first appearance in a Formula One car for the Caterham team during practice for the 2014 Italian Grand Prix.[6] It is believed that he is being evaluated for a race seat in place of Kamui Kobayashi, but has yet to qualify for an FIA Super Licence.[7]

Racing career[edit]

Complete Formula 3 Euro Series results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 DC Points
2009 Manor Motorsport Mercedes HOC
1

2
HOC
2

10
LAU
1

6
LAU
2

2
NOR
1

5
NOR
2

8
ZAN
1

18
ZAN
2

11
OSC
1

3
OSC
2

5
NÜR
1

18
NÜR
2

Ret
BRH
1

9
BRH
2

11
CAT
1

9
CAT
2

Ret
DIJ
1

5
DIJ
2

2
HOC
1

4
HOC
2

13
7th 42
2010 Mücke Motorsport Mercedes LEC
1

5
LEC
2

4
HOC
1

4
HOC
2

1
VAL
1

4
VAL
2

Ret
NOR
1

5
NOR
2

11
NÜR
1

3
NÜR
2

5
ZAN
1

5
ZAN
2

3
BRH
1

11
BRH
2

10
OSC
1

5
OSC
2

9
HOC
1

5
HOC
2

2
5th 56
2011 Prema Powerteam Mercedes LEC
1

4
LEC
2

1
LEC
3

2
HOC
1

1
HOC
2

4
HOC
3

1
ZAN
1

3
ZAN
2

4
ZAN
3

4
RBR
1

1
RBR
2

1
RBR
3

Ret
NOR
1

4
NOR
2

2
NOR
3

2
NÜR
1

1
NÜR
2

1
NÜR
3

2
SIL
1

1
SIL
2

3
SIL
3

2
VAL
1

3
VAL
2

5
VAL
3

1
HOC
1

1
HOC
2

2
HOC
3

1
1st 406

Complete GP3 Series results[edit]

(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 DC Points
2010 ATECH CRS GP ESP
FEA

ESP
SPR

TUR
FEA

TUR
SPR

VAL
FEA

3
VAL
SPR

2
GBR
FEA

Ret
GBR
SPR

19
GER
FEA

16
GER
SPR

Ret
HUN
FEA

Ret
HUN
SPR

22
BEL
FEA

2
BEL
SPR

22
ITA
FEA

6
ITA
SPR

4
6th 26

Complete DTM results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pos Points
2012 Persson Motorsport DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupé HOC
18
LAU
16
BRH
17
SPL
12
NOR
13
NÜR
Ret
ZAN
11
OSC
14
VAL
Ret
HOC
15
NC 0
2013 HWA Team DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupé HOC
10
BRH
16
SPL
20
LAU
10
NOR
7
MSC
14
NÜR
19
OSC
14
ZAN
Ret
HOC
2
15th 26

Complete Stock Car Brasil results[edit]

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Rank Points
2014 Hanier Racing Peugeot 408 INT
1

Ret
SCZ
1

SCZ
2

BRA
1

BRA
2

GOI
1

GOI
2

GOI
1

CAS
1

CAS
2

CUR
1

CUR
2

VEL
1

VEL
2

SAL
1

SAL
2

TAR
1

TAR
2

RBP
1

RBP
2

CUR
1

NC† 0†

† Ineligible for championship points.

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pos Points
2014 Zeta Corse MNZ
1

2
MNZ
2

9
ALC
1

6
ALC
2

6
MON
1

9
SPA
1

Ret
SPA
2

13
MSC
1

4
MSC
2

1
NÜR
1

2
NÜR
2

1
HUN
1

1
HUN
2

2
LEC
1

LEC
2

JER
1

JER
2

2nd* 161*

* Season in progress.

Complete Formula One participations[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicates fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 WDC Points
2014 Caterham F1 Team Caterham CT05 Renault Energy F1‑2014 1.6 V6 t AUS
MAL
BHR
CHN
ESP
MON
CAN
AUT
GBR
GER
HUN
BEL
ITA
TD
SIN
JPN
RUS
USA
BRA
ABU
–* –*

* Season in progress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mercedes-Benz Junior Team: Bringing on new talent in the DTM". Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters. Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters. 3 April 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  2. ^ http://www.driverdb.com/drivers/5067/career/ Roberto Merhi career statistics at Driver Database
  3. ^ Beer, Matt (9 December 2009). "Merhi switches to Mucke for 2010". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Archived from the original on 27 January 2010. Retrieved 27 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Mercedes-Benz Junior Team: Back for 2012!". Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters. Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Limited. 3 April 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  5. ^ Valeev, Elmir (4 April 2014). "WSR: Мери и Мавланов — пилоты российской Zeta Corse" [WSR: Merhi and Mavlanov — drivers of the Russian Zeta Corse] (in Russian). F1News.ru. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Caterham confirms Kobayashi's Monza F1 return and Merhi's FP1 run". autosport.com (Haymarket Publishing). 4 September 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  7. ^ Noble, Jonathan; Beer, Matt (4 September 2014). "F1 newcomer Roberto Merhi waiting on FIA superlicence decision". autosport.com (Haymarket Publishing). Retrieved 5 September 2014. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Edoardo Mortara
Formula 3 Euro Series
Champion

2011
Succeeded by
Daniel Juncadella