Rapax Team

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Italy Rapax
Logo rapax.jpg
Founded 2010
Founder(s) Gianfranco Sovernigo
Valter Sovernigo
Base Veggiano, Padua, Italy
Team principal(s) Gianfranco Sovernigo[1]
Andrea Bergamini[1]
Current series FIA Formula 2 Championship
Former series GP2 Series
GP2 Asia Series
Current drivers Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr.
Netherlands Nyck de Vries
GP2 Series:
GP2 Series:
2010: Pastor Maldonado
Website http://www.rapaxteam.com/

Rapax Team is an Italian motor racing team. The team's history can be traced back to when the GP Racing team was founded in 1997, and also to when Piquet Sports was created in 2000 by triple world champion Nelson Piquet. In 2007, Piquet Sports and GP Racing merged to create "Minardi Piquet Sports". In 2008, the team dropped "Minardi" from their name.[2] In early 2009, the team was sold and rebranded as Piquet GP, but changed its name again in November to Rapax Team, once all remaining ties to part-owner Piquet were cut.


During 2009, the team was sold and all remaining ties with part-owner Nelson Piquet were severed. The team was rebranded "Rapax" (Latin for "predator") at the beginning of 2010, after the Legio XXI Rapax Roman legion. Pastor Maldonado rejoined the team, alongside Luiz Razia. Maldonado won six races on his way to the drivers' championship, and Razia backed him up with 11th place overall, allowing Rapax to win the teams' championship for the first time, and in the first year of its new identity. For 2011, Maldonado graduated to Formula One with the Williams team and Razia moved to the new Caterham Team AirAsia; Rapax signed Fabio Leimer and Julián Leal to replace them. Leimer won a single race but was unable build on it, restricting him to fourteenth place in the drivers' championship, whilst Leal did not score at all; Rapax dropped to tenth in the teams' championship. In 2012, the team improved to ninth overall through the combined efforts of Tom Dillmann, Stefano Coletti, Ricardo Teixeira and Daniël de Jong. Dillmann was the most successful with a single victory, but was dropped for budgetary reasons mid-season and replaced by De Jong. De Jong's Auto GP racing commitments also resulted in him missing the final two races of the championship, for which he was replaced by Scuderia Coloni refugee Coletti. By contrast, Teixeira competed in all but one round of the season, but failed to score any points.


FIA Formula 2 Championship[edit]

Year Car Drivers Races Wins Poles Fast laps Points D.C. T.C.
2017 Dallara-Mecachrome Netherlands Nyck de Vries 14 1 0 0 72 8th* 5th*
Venezuela Johnny Cecotto Jr. 8 0 0 0 16 14th*
Spain Sergio Canamasas 6 0 0 0 21 13th*

* Season still in progress.

GP2 Series[edit]

Year Car Drivers Races Wins Poles Fast laps Points D.C. T.C.
2010 Dallara-Mecachrome Venezuela Pastor Maldonado 20 6 0 5 87 1st 1st
Brazil Luiz Razia 20 0 0 1 28 11th
2011 Dallara-Mecachrome Switzerland Fabio Leimer 18 1 0 1 15 14th 10th
Colombia Julián Leal 18 0 0 0 0 27th
2012 Dallara-Mecachrome Monaco Stefano Coletti 22 0 0 2 50 13th† 9th
France Tom Dillmann 14 1 0 0 29 15th
Netherlands Daniël de Jong 8 0 0 0 0 26th
Portugal Ricardo Teixeira 22 0 0 0 0 29th
2013 Dallara-Mecachrome Monaco Stefano Coletti 22 3 1 5 135 5th 7th
Switzerland Simon Trummer 22 0 0 0 20 21st
2014 Dallara-Mecachrome United Kingdom Adrian Quaife-Hobbs 22 0 0 0 30 13th 9th
Switzerland Simon Trummer 22 0 0 0 26 17th
2015 Dallara-Mecachrome Russia Sergey Sirotkin 21 1 1 1 139 3rd 6th
Romania Robert Vișoiu 18 0 0 0 20 17th
Sweden Gustav Malja 3 0 0 0 1 25th‡
2016 Dallara-Mecachrome Sweden Gustav Malja 22 0 0 0 53 13th 9th
France Arthur Pic 18 0 0 0 36 14th
Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr. 4 0 0 0 18 18th
  • D.C. = Drivers' Championship position, T.C. = Teams' Championship position.

† Includes points scored for Scuderia Coloni.
‡ Includes points scored for Trident Racing.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Rapax — GP2 Series - ©2010". GP2 Series. GP2 Motorsport Limited. 
  2. ^ "The Renaissance Men of GP2", Autosport Magazine pg. 40–41. May 8, 2008 Issue (Vol. 192, No. 6)

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Preceded by
ART Grand Prix
GP2 Series Teams' Champion
Succeeded by
Addax Team