Roberto Merhi will return to the FIA Formula 2 Championship grid at this weekend’s round at Sochi Autodrom and the season-ending Yas Marina round in November. The 27-year-old will race for Campos Vexatec Racing, replacing Roy Nissany.
The Spaniard, who contested a part-season in Formula 1 with the now-defunct Manor Racing squad in 2015, had raced with rival F2 outfit MP Motorsport up to and including the Hungaroring round in August. He had impressively picked up two podium finishes with the team at Monaco and Paul Ricard, although he was stripped of the latter result for a tyre pressure infringement.
The Dutch outfit and its driver parted ways, with a dispute being blamed over the team’s continued poor pace in qualifying as it struggled to master the Pirelli tyres and the new-for-2018 Dallara designed spec chassis.
After being sidelined from the grid for the Spa-Francorchamps and Monza rounds Merhi now returns to the grid with Campos Racing, with whom he had a one-off outing in last year’s F2 season on home soil at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (pictured below).
“We know each other perfectly and I think we aspire for big things in the remaining races,” Merhi said of his return to the Spanish team.
“Campos has a competitive car and, besides, I have gained valuable experience earlier this season. I feel more prepared after achieving good results.”
“We have no doubts Roberto has bold goals ahead,” team boss and fellow ex-F1 driver Adrián Campos added.
“I’m sure he will perform extremely well in the upcoming races. He has already experience in the series and we are expecting great results considering how talented Roberto is.”
Campos Vexatec Racing currently sits seventh in the Teams’ Championship standings, with all but one of the 95 points it has earned in 2018 coming at the hands of Luca Ghiotto who has achieved three podium finishes to-date.
Nissany, a former race-winner in World Series Formula V8 3.5 championship, has struggled in his rookie Formula 2 season. His sole points’ finish came in the Feature Race at Spa-Francorchamps where he finished tenth.
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