Roberto Merhi Muntan (born 22 March 1991 in Castellón de la Plana, Castello, Valencian Community, Spain) is a Spanish racing driver who last drove for the Manor Marussia team and made his Formula One début at the 2015 Australian Grand Prix. After the 2015 Italian Grand Prix, he was replaced by Alexander Rossi for the remainder of the season, but returned in Russia and Abu Dhabi, due to Rossi's GP2 commitments. He got his first taste of F1 in free practice at the 2014 Italian Grand Prix for Caterham.
Prior to F1, Merhi won the 2011 Formula 3 Euro Series season.
Merhi is now competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship for Manor, alongside with his former Manor team-mate Will Stevens.
Formula One Career
Before Formula One
In 2007, Merhi competed in Italian Formula Renault and Formula Renault Eurocup. From this he entered several other races (West European Series, Spanish Formula Three).
In 2009, Merhi raced for Manor Motorsport Team. Next year he moved to Mucke Motorsport. Then in 2011, he joined Prema Powerteam. Merhi won the championship with 11 wins.
In April 2012, Merhi was part of Mercedes Junior Team in which he competed in the DTM season that year with Persson Motorsport. In his second season he moved to HWA Team.
Formula Renault 3.5
Merhi competed with Zeta Course in 2014, finishing third in the championship. In 2015, he moved to Pons Racing.
During round five in Austria, Merhi stopped at the finish line which triggered a huge collision with Nicholas Latifi. Merhi was disqualified from the race and banned for two races. He has not returned since the incident.
FIA Formula 2
In 2017, Merhi partook in pre-season testing and the second round at Barcelona (in place of Stefano Coletti) with Campos Racing, before being replaced by Robert Visou for the remainder of the season.
FIA Formula E
In April 2017, Merhi stated his intentions of joining the 2017-18 season on Spanish radio.
Formula One Statistical Overview
Formula One Record
|Year||Entrant||Team||WDC Points||WDC Pos.||Report|
|2014||Caterham F1 Team||Caterham-Renault||Test Driver|
|2015||Manor Marussia F1 Team||Marussia-Ferrari||0||19th||Report|
|Front Row Starts||0|
|Distance Raced||3730 km (2318 mi)|
|Complete Formula One Results|
|3rd||DNQ||Did not qualify|
|5th||Points finish||DNPQ||Did not pre-qualify|
|14th||Non-points finish||TD||Test driver|
|Italics||Scored point(s) for Fastest Lap||DNS||Did not start|
|18th†||Classified finish (retired with >90% race distance)||NC||Non-classified finish (<90% race distance)|
|4thP||Qualified for pole position||[+] More Symbols|
- "Rossi to make F1 race debut with Manor in Singapore". motorsport.com (Jonathan Noble). 16 September 2015. http://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/rossi-to-make-f1-race-debut-with-manor-in-singapore/. Retrieved 16 September 2015.
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Marcus Ericsson · Kamui Kobayashi · André Lotterer · Will Stevens · Charles Pic · Giedo van der Garde · Heikki Kovalainen · Vitaly Petrov
Tony Fernandes · Collin Kolles · Manfredi Ravetto
CT01 · CT03 · CT05
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Nikolai Fomenko · John Booth · Graeme Lowdon · Pat Symonds
28. Will Stevens · 98. Roberto Merhi · 4. Max Chilton · 17. Jules Bianchi
Timo Glock · Charles Pic
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