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.