Bruno Méndez

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Bruno Méndez López
Pit walk, 2010 Brno WSR (33).jpg
Méndez giving autographs at the 2010 Brno World Series by Renault meeting
Nationality Spain Spanish
Born (1990-04-16) April 16, 1990 (age 27)
La Roda (Spain)
British Formula 3 career
Debut season 2011
Current team Hitech Racing
Car no. 27
Previous series
2010
200910
2009
2008
200708
2006
Superleague Formula
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
European F3 Open
Euroseries 3000
Spanish Formula Three
Master Junior Formula
Championship titles
2009 European F3 Open

Bruno Méndez López (born April 16, 1990, in La Roda, Asturias) is a Spanish racing driver.

Career[edit]

Master Junior Formula[edit]

After a short karting career, Méndez begun his single–seater career in the Master Junior Formula in 2006, winning six races to finish as series runner–up behind fellow Spaniard Daniel Campos-Hull.[1]

Formula Three[edit]

Méndez (TEC Auto) driving a Formula Three car at the Spanish Formula Three round in Valencia

In 2007, Méndez graduated to Formula Three, racing in the Spanish Formula Three Championship for the emiliodevillota.com team. He finished his maiden season seventh in the standings after taking podium places at Estoril and Jerez.

He remained in the series for a second season in 2008, this time switching to the Escuderia TEC-Auto team. After winning at the season–opener in Jarama, he took a further three podiums to be classified in fifth place.[2]

2009 saw Méndez stay in the series, now known as the European F3 Open Championship, for a third season. Driving for Campos Racing, he won four races and took a further seven podiums to win the title by just two points after a season–long duel with countryman Celso Míguez.[3]

2011 saw Méndez return to the category after a year's absence, racing in the British series for Hitech Racing.[4] However, he left the team after a poor first round at Monza where he picked up just one point from the three races.[5]

Euroseries 3000[edit]

In October 2008, Méndez made his debut in the Euroseries 3000, driving for Bull Racing at Jerez where he finished fourth and sixth in the two races. He missed the next event in Barcelona before appearing at the final round of the season in Magione with the Sighinolfi Autoracing team. A fifth-place finish in the last race of the year saw him classified in 16th place overall with eight points.[6]

Formula Renault 3.5 Series[edit]

In October 2009, Méndez stepped up to the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, joining Esteban Guerrieri at RC Motorsport for the final round of the season at Motorland Aragón.[7]

After taking part in FR3.5 Series winter testing with ISR Racing and Interwetten.com, Méndez signed with the newly named FHV Interwetten.com team to compete in the 2010 season, racing alongside fellow European F3 Open graduate Sergio Canamasas.[8] During the season he took one points finish, a sixth place in a weather–affected race at Magny–Cours, to be classified 23rd in the championship.[9] He was replaced by Salvador Durán for the final round in Barcelona after sustaining an injury during the previous weekends' Superleague Formula round in China.[10]

Superleague Formula[edit]

In October 2010, Méndez made his debut in the Superleague Formula series, replacing the injured María de Villota at Atlético Madrid for the round at the new Ordos International Circuit.[11] He was due to race at the following round in Beijing too, but was replaced by Dutchman Paul Meijer after he fractured his thumb during the second race of the Ordos event.[12]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2006 Master Junior Formula  ? 15 6 0 3 10 315 2nd
2007 Spanish Formula Three Championship emiliodevillota.com 16 0 0 0 2 57 7th
2008 Spanish Formula Three Championship TEC Auto 17 1 0 0 4 67 5th
Euroseries 3000 Bull Racing 4 0 0 0 0 8 16th
Sighinolfi Autoracing
2009 European F3 Open Championship Campos Racing 16 4 2 8 11 145 1st
Formula Renault 3.5 Series RC Motorsport 2 0 0 0 0 0 39th
2010 Formula Renault 3.5 Series FHV Interwetten.com 14 0 0 0 0 5 23rd
Superleague Formula Atlético Madrid 2 0 0 0 0 265† 17th†
2011 British Formula 3 Championship Hitech Racing 3 0 0 0 0 1 25th

† – Team standings

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
2009 RC Motorsport CAT
1
CAT
2
SPA
1
SPA
2
MON
1
HUN
1
HUN
2
SIL
1
SIL
2
BUG
1
BUG
2
ALG
1
ALG
2
NÜR
1
NÜR
2
ALC
1

Ret
ALC
2

19
39th 0
2010 FHV Interwetten.com ALC
1

Ret
ALC
2

15
SPA
1

DNS
SPA
2

11
MON
1

Ret
BRN
1

Ret
BRN
2

19
MAG
1

14
MAG
2

6
HUN
1

14
HUN
2

19
HOC
1

14
HOC
2

14
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

16
CAT
1
CAT
2
23rd 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Master Junior Formula 2006". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 2010-08-25. 
  2. ^ "Campeonato de España de Fórmula 3 2008". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 2010-08-25. 
  3. ^ "European F3 Open 2009". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 2010-08-25. 
  4. ^ "Bruno Mendez joins Hitech for British F3". motorstv.com. Motors TV. 13 April 2011. Retrieved 25 April 2011. 
  5. ^ Anderson, Ben (22 April 2011). "Mendez set to end F3 programme". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 25 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "2008 Euroseries 3000". speedsport-magazine.com. Speedsport Magazine. Retrieved 2010-08-25. 
  7. ^ "Guerrieri returns as RC double up". crash.net. Crash Media Group. 2009-10-23. Retrieved 2010-08-25. 
  8. ^ "Entry list for 2010 season unveiled". crash.net. Crash Media Group. 2010-04-11. Retrieved 2010-08-25. 
  9. ^ "World Series by Renault 2010". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 2010-11-24. 
  10. ^ Costa, Massimo (2010-10-07). "Duran ritrova Interwetten, Bortolotti nei test con BVM Target". ItaliaRacing.net (in Italian). Inpagina. Archived from the original on 2010-12-17. Retrieved 2010-11-24. 
  11. ^ "De Villota to miss Chinese races". superleagueformula.com. Superleague Formula. 2010-09-30. Retrieved 2010-10-05. [permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "Meijer in for injured Méndez". superleagueformula.com. Superleague Formula. 2010-10-07. Retrieved 2010-11-24. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Germán Sánchez
Spanish Formula Three
European F3 Open Championship
Champion

2009
Succeeded by
Marco Barba