Stefano Coletti

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Stefano Coletti
Coletti Stefano.JPG
Nationality Monaco Monegasque
Born (1989-04-06) 6 April 1989 (age 26)
La Colle, Monaco
IndyCar Series career
Debut season 2015
Current team KV Racing Technology
Car no. 4
Starts 13
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 1
Previous series
2011
2010
2009, 201114
200910
200809
2007
200607
2006
200506
GP2 Asia Series
GP3 Series
GP2 Series
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
Formula 3 Euro Series
Italian Formula Renault 2.0
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Formula BMW USA
Formula BMW ADAC

Stefano Coletti (born 6 April 1989) is a Monegasque professional racing driver who races for KV Racing Technology in the IndyCar Series. His sister Alexandra Coletti is an alpine skier. He is the first Monegasque driver since Louis Chiron (1931) to have won a race in Monaco.[1]

Career[edit]

Karting[edit]

Born in La Colle, Monaco, Coletti enjoyed a successful karting career prior to moving into single-seater racing. In 2003, he finished as runner-up in the Italian Open Masters ICA–Junior category before winning the Andrea Margutti Trophy and European Championship ICA–Junior titles in 2004, beating the likes of Charles Pic, Jaime Alguersuari and Jules Bianchi along the way.

Formula BMW[edit]

In 2005, Coletti moved up to Formula racing, joining Eifelland Racing to contest the Formula BMW ADAC championship, where he finished eighteenth in the standings. He also took part in the Formula BMW World Final in Bahrain for ASL Team Mücke Motorsport, finishing in twenty-fifth place.

He continued in the championship in 2006, taking four podium places, including a single victory, to finish seventh in the standings. He also took part in four Formula BMW USA races, winning three of them to finish the season in fifth place, despite missing a large proportion of the championship. Coletti once again competed in the Formula BMW World Final, held at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, where he finished in third place, behind Mika Mäki and race winner Christian Vietoris.[2]

Formula Renault[edit]

In August 2006, Coletti made his debut in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 series, driving for the Cram Competition and Motopark Academy teams, although he failed to score a point in any of the six races he entered.

In 2007, he joined the Spanish EPIC Racing Epsilon Euskadi team to contest both the Eurocup and Italian Formula Renault 2.0 championships. He finished fourth in the Eurocup standings after taking a win at the Hungaroring and two further podium places, whilst in the Italian series he took two victories – both at Misano – to finish in tenth place.

Formula Three[edit]

Coletti competing at the opening round of the 2008 Formula 3 Euro Series season at Hockenheim.

Coletti moved up to the Formula 3 Euro Series for the 2008 season, joining the French Signature-Plus team. However, he left the team after the first four races after being dropped from the Red Bull Driver Development scheme.[3] Coletti missed the next round of the series at Pau before joining Prema Powerteam, who he remained with for the rest of the season. He took a best race result of fourth to finish the year in twentieth position. He also took part in the Masters of Formula 3 and Macau Grand Prix non-championship races, but retired from both events.

In January 2009, Prema announced that Coletti would be staying with the team for the 2009 season.[4] At the first round of the year in Hockenheim, Coletti qualified on the front row of the grid before going on to win the opening race of the season.[5] The following month, Coletti took part in the Masters of Formula 3 event held at Zandvoort, qualifying in fourth position before finishing the race in third place, behind Finns Mika Mäki and race winner Valtteri Bottas.[6]

Coletti was involved in a controversial incident after the first race at the Norisring. Having finished third to move into third in the championship, Coletti had an altercation with race winner Jules Bianchi. Coletti felt that Bianchi had said "bad words" to him, and struck the ART Grand Prix driver and championship leader. Coletti was then stripped of his third place, and was excluded from the rest of the meeting.[7] Coletti failed to score points after the Oschersleben rounds, and finished tenth in the championship.

Formula Renault 3.5 Series[edit]

In November 2008, Coletti sampled Formula Renault 3.5 Series machinery for the first time, testing for RC Motorsport at Valencia alongside former GP2 Series driver Andy Soucek. On 15 May 2009 it was announced that Coletti would race for Prema Powerteam in the Monaco round of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series season, replacing Frankie Provenzano.[8] He originally finished in eleventh place, but after Marco Barba received a 25-second penalty, Coletti was promoted into the final points paying position in tenth.

Coletti returned to the series for a full season in 2010, driving alongside Greg Mansell at Comtec Racing.[9] He took five podium finishes on his way to sixth place in the championship.

GP3 Series[edit]

Coletti also contested fourteen races of the inaugural GP3 Series season for the Tech 1 Racing team, replacing Daniel Juncadella after the first round of the championship. His team-mates were variously Doru Sechelariu, Jean-Éric Vergne, Jim Pla and the returning Juncadella. Coletti finished the year ninth in the championship; the best-placed of the Tech 1 drivers.

GP2 Series[edit]

Coletti made his GP2 debut in 2009 at Valencia when he replaced Davide Valsecchi at Durango.[10] He suffered a fraught first meeting in the series, receiving three drive-through penalties. In race one he received one for jumping the start and one for crossing the white line at the pit lane exit, before retiring from the race. In race two he stalled on the grid and was penalised for starting from the grid instead of the pitlane; he collided with Dani Clos before taking this penalty. In his third GP2 race, at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Coletti crashed heavily with two laps remaining causing the race to finish under safety car conditions.[11] He escaped with compressed vertebrae and minor bruising, missing the following day's sprint race as his car's monocoque was written off by the impact.[12] He also missed the Brands Hatch rounds of the F3 Euroseries due to his injury. He was due to return to GP2 at Monza having originally been passed fit, but pulled out due to recurring pain during Thursday scrutineering.[13]

Coletti returned to GP2 in 2011, driving for Trident Racing alongside Rodolfo González. In the Asia series, he scored a victory in the sprint race at Yas Marina on his way to fourth place in the drivers' standings. He also began the main series strongly, winning the sprint race of the first round of the championship, held at Istanbul Park. After winning the sprint race in Hungary, he crashed heavily during the feature race at Spa-Francorchamps and sustained two vertebral compression fractures, two years after sustaining a similar, but more minor injury. He missed the rest of the season as a result.[14] His seat was taken by compatriot Stéphane Richelmi.[15]

Coletti at the 2015 Indianapolis 500

His injury healed, Coletti returned to GP2 for the 2012 season with Scuderia Coloni, alongside Fabio Onidi, but after ten rounds of the championship, lying only 14th in the championship with one podium finish, he left the team by mutual consent.[16] He promptly joined the Rapax team for the final rounds of the championship, replacing Daniël de Jong.[17] He finished in the points in three of the remaining four races, moving him above Rio Haryanto into a final championship position of 13th.

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2005 Formula BMW ADAC Eifelland Racing 20 0 0 0 0 13 18th
Formula BMW World Final ASL Team Mücke Motorsport 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2006 Formula BMW ADAC ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg 16 1 0 2 4 103 7th
Formula BMW World Final EuroInternational 1 0 0 0 0 1 3rd
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Cram Competition 6 0 0 0 0 0 NC
Motopark Academy
Formula BMW USA EuroInternational 4 3 2 2 4 75 5th
2007 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Epsilon Euskadi 14 1 1 0 3 71 4th
Italian Formula Renault 2.0 14 2 1 0 3 164 10th
2008 Formula 3 Euro Series Signature-Plus 18 0 0 0 0 6.5 20th
Prema Powerteam
2009 Formula 3 Euro Series Prema Powerteam 17 1 0 2 2 19 10th
Formula Renault 3.5 Series 1 0 0 0 0 1 28th
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
GP2 Series Durango 3 0 0 0 0 0 25th
2010 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Comtec Racing 17 0 0 0 5 76 6th
GP3 Series Tech 1 Racing 14 0 0 0 2 18 9th
Auto GP CharouzGravity Racing 2 0 0 0 0 2 20th
2011 GP2 Series Trident Racing 16 2 0 0 2 22 11th
GP2 Asia Series 4 1 0 0 1 11 4th
GP2 Final Scuderia Coloni 2 0 0 0 0 0 13th
2012 GP2 Series Scuderia Coloni 24 0 0 2 3 50 13th
Rapax
2013 GP2 Series Rapax 22 3 1 4 7 135 5th
2014 GP2 Series Racing Engineering 22 2 0 5 5 136 6th
2015 IndyCar Series KV Racing Technology 13 0 0 1 0 160* 20th*

* Season in progress.

Complete Formula 3 Euro Series results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Points
2008 Signature-Plus Dallara F308/011 Volkswagen HOC1
1

18
HOC1
2

21
MUG
1

21
MUG
2

11
PAU
1
PAU
2
20th 6.5
Prema Powerteam Dallara F308/047 Mercedes NOR
1

11
NOR
2

6
ZAN
1

19
ZAN
2

Ret
NÜR
1

9
NÜR
2

Ret
BRH
1

19
BRH
2

25
CAT
1

15
CAT
2

Ret
LMS
1

19
LMS
2

9
HOC2
1

4
HOC2
2

Ret
2009 Prema Powerteam Dallara F309/014 Mercedes HOC1
1

1
HOC1
2

5
LAU
1

15
LAU
2

23
NOR
1

DSQ
NOR
2

EX
ZAN
1

Ret
ZAN
2

12
OSC
1

7
OSC
2

2
NÜR
1

9
NÜR
2

10
BRH
1
BRH
2
CAT
1

Ret
CAT
2

15
DIJ
1

21
DIJ
2

Ret
HOC2
1

10
HOC2
2

9
10th 19

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series results[edit]

(key)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pos Points
2009 Prema Powerteam CAT
1
CAT
2
SPA
1
SPA
2
MON
1

10
HUN
1
HUN
2
SIL
1
SIL
2
BUG
1
BUG
2
ALG
1
ALG
2
NÜR
1
NÜR
2
ALC
1
ALC
2
28th 1
2010 Comtec Racing ALC
1

Ret
ALC
2

13
SPA
1

3
SPA
2

3
MON
1

5
BRN
1

9
BRN
2

12
MAG
1

3
MAG
2

7
HUN
1

Ret
HUN
2

10
HOC
1

7
HOC
2

2
SIL
1

3
SIL
2

12
CAT
1

10
CAT
2

5
6th 76

Complete GP2 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 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 DC Points
2009 Durango ESP
FEA
ESP
SPR
MON
FEA
MON
SPR
TUR
FEA
TUR
SPR
GBR
FEA
GBR
SPR
GER
FEA
GER
SPR
HUN
FEA
HUN
SPR
VAL
FEA

Ret
VAL
SPR

Ret
BEL
FEA

12
BEL
SPR

DNS
ITA
FEA
ITA
SPR
POR
FEA
POR
SPR
25th 0
2011 Trident Racing TUR
FEA

5
TUR
SPR

1
ESP
FEA

10
ESP
SPR

20
MON
FEA

5
MON
SPR

Ret
VAL
FEA

17
VAL
SPR

19
GBR
FEA

7
GBR
SPR

22
GER
FEA

Ret
GER
SPR

Ret
HUN
FEA

21
HUN
SPR

1
BEL
FEA

Ret
BEL
SPR

DNS
ITA
FEA
ITA
SPR
11th 22
2012 Scuderia Coloni MYS
FEA

5
MYS
SPR

23
BHR1
FEA

Ret
BHR1
SPR

23
BHR2
FEA

21
BHR2
SPR

18
ESP
FEA

3
ESP
SPR

8
MON
FEA

10
MON
SPR

Ret
VAL
FEA

9
VAL
SPR

Ret
GBR
FEA

Ret
GBR
SPR

Ret
GER
FEA

20
GER
SPR

19
HUN
FEA

10
HUN
SPR

9
BEL
FEA

20†
BEL
SPR

8
13th 50
Rapax ITA
FEA

8
ITA
SPR

4
SGP
FEA

13
SGP
SPR

8
2013 Rapax MYS
FEA

3
MYS
SPR

1
BHR
FEA

2
BHR
SPR

3
ESP
FEA

4
ESP
SPR

1
MON
FEA

6
MON
SPR

1
GBR
FEA

21†
GBR
SPR

10
GER
FEA

3
GER
SPR

19
HUN
FEA

16
HUN
SPR

20†
BEL
FEA

13
BEL
SPR

23
ITA
FEA

Ret
ITA
SPR

13
SGP
FEA

12
SGP
SPR

24
ABU
FEA

20†
ABU
SPR

9
5th 135
2014 Racing Engineering BHR
FEA

4
BHR
SPR

23
ESP
FEA

16
ESP
SPR

8
MON
FEA

Ret
MON
SPR

9
AUT
FEA

4
AUT
SPR

2
GBR
FEA

4
GBR
SPR

2
GER
FEA

4
GER
SPR

1
HUN
FEA

18
HUN
SPR

Ret
BEL
FEA

Ret
BEL
SPR

7
ITA
FEA

9
ITA
SPR

2
RUS
FEA

Ret
RUS
SPR

8
ABU
FEA

7
ABU
SPR

1
6th 136

Complete GP2 Asia Series results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 DC Points
2011 Trident Racing ABU
FEA

8
ABU
SPR

1
ITA
FEA

5
ITA
SPR

Ret
4th 11

Complete GP3 Series results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 DC Points
2010 Tech 1 Racing ESP
FEA
ESP
SPR
TUR
FEA

24
TUR
SPR

14
VAL
FEA

10
VAL
SPR

6
GBR
FEA

10
GBR
SPR

Ret
GER
FEA

5
GER
SPR

3
HUN
FEA

3
HUN
SPR

4
BEL
FEA

Ret
BEL
SPR

24
ITA
FEA

16
ITA
SPR

20
9th 18

Complete IndyCar Series results[edit]

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

Year Team No. Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Rank Points
2015 KV Racing Technology 4 Dallara DW12 Chevrolet STP
20
NLA
17
LBH
23
ALA
19
IMS
8
INDY
25
DET
15
DET
16
TXS
19
TOR
23
FON
11
MIL
20
IOW
20
MDO
POC
SNM
20th* 160*

* Season in progress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Coletti reigns in Monaco". gp2series.com. 25 May 2013. Retrieved 25 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "DELL Formula BMW World Final 2006 – Race". press.bmw-motorsport.com. 26 November 2006. Retrieved 20 May 2009. 
  3. ^ "Wickens to replace Coletti". GPUpdate.net. 23 May 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Prema sign Stefano Coletti for F.3 Euro Series 2009". italiaracing.net. 7 January 2009. Retrieved 20 May 2009. 
  5. ^ Freeman, Glenn (16 May 2009). "Coletti scores maiden Euro Series win". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 20 May 2009. 
  6. ^ Anderson, Ben (14 June 2009). "Bottas takes F3 Masters victory". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 23 June 2009. 
  7. ^ Freeman, Glenn (27 June 2009). "Coletti excluded after altercation". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 27 June 2009. 
  8. ^ Mills, Peter (16 May 2009). "Coletti gets FR3.5 chance for Monaco". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 20 May 2009. 
  9. ^ Beer, Matt (9 February 2010). "Coletti completes Comtec line-up". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 9 February 2010. 
  10. ^ Glendenning, Mark (18 August 2009). "Coletti joins Durango for Valencia". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 18 August 2009. 
  11. ^ Glendenning, Mark (29 August 2009). "Parente scores Ocean's first win". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 29 August 2009. 
  12. ^ "Gran rimonta finita nelle barriere". durango.it (in Italian) (Durango). 29 August 2009. Retrieved 29 August 2009. 
  13. ^ Glendenning, Mark (11 September 2009). "Durango to miss Monza races". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 12 September 2009. 
  14. ^ Glenn, Freeman (27 August 2011). "Stefano Coletti to miss rest of GP2 season after injuring back in Spa crash". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  15. ^ Glendenning, Mark (3 September 2011). "Stephane Richelmi to deputise for injured Stefano Coletti in Trident GP2 line-up". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  16. ^ Freeman, Glenn (4 September 2012). "Stefano Coletti leaves Scuderia Coloni on eve of GP2 Monza round". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  17. ^ Freeman, Glenn (6 September 2012). "Jake Rosenzweig replaces Josef Kral at Addax for Monza". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 10 September 2012. 

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