Roberto Merhi will have a third outing with the Rapax team at this weekend’s Formula 2 Championship season finale in Abu Dhabi.
The former F1 driver had his first Formula 2 outing of 2017 at Barcelona, driving for Campos Racing in a one-off appearance, before being called up to Rapax’s line-up for the Spa-Francorchamps and Monza rounds. He peaked with a fifth-placed finish in the Sprint Race in Italy.
Merhi’s seat was taken by World Series Formula Renault 3.5 race-winner René Binder at the preceding round in Jerez, but now Merhi will be back behind the wheel at the Yas Marina Circuit.
The Rapax team, which is not expected to be on an expanded grid in 2018, has run a number of drivers over the course of the season. It started the year with the well-fancied Nyck de Vries, however the Dutch driver switched to rival outfit Racing Engineering for the final four rounds of the season. In a straight swap, his seat in Rapax’s #18 entry was claimed by Louis Delétraz.
The sister car has seen more changes. The team started the year with Johnny Cecotto Jr, who raced in the first four events before the mercurial Sergio Canamasas was drafted in. The Spanish driver lasted three rounds before his compatriot Merhi joined the team.
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