Recent Formula 1 driver Roberto Merhi has joined Campos for this weekend’s Formula 2 races at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain.
Merhi, 25, raced in F1 through 2015 with the now-defunct Manor team, having also enjoyed a handful of run-outs with Caterham in practice at the back-end of the 2014 season.
Since losing his F1 seat, Merhi raced in the FIA World Endurance Championship with Manor – run by the initial founders of the F1 team, Graeme Lowdon and John Booth – and took a maiden podium in the series at Spa last year.
Without a drive in 2017, Merhi was linked with a possible move into the rebranded F2 series that took over from GP2 at the end of last year.
The publication of the entry list for this weekend’s round in Barcelona confirmed that Merhi would be joining the Campos team, replacing ex-IndyCar driver Stefano Coletti.
While GP2 champions are forbidden from re-entering the series, other drivers with F1 experience are allowed to step back down to the level, as previously seen with Romain Grosjean. The Frenchman raced in F1 at the end of 2009 before moving back to GP2 for 2010, ultimately winning the title one year later.
INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.
Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.
Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.
It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.
Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)