Roberto Merhi Muntan is not only one of the most promising Spanish drivers; he is also a star on the global stage. The Castellón-born driver is expected to achieve a lot of success in the future, in addition to that which he has already attained. He was a regular at the karting weekends from when he was five years old as his father was an amateur driver and his mother worked as a mechanic. The smell of burning tyres soon excited Roberto and at eight years old, he started racing karts.
The karting successes were numerous, including wins such as the Winter Cup, the Spanish championship and the "Trofeo Industria".
2006 was his last year in karting and his debut with open-wheel cars. He said goodbye to karting with a second place in the World Series and began in the F-3 Spanish in Valencia with a 14th place. Merhi does not refuse any challenge and participates at every available opportunity he is given. In his first full season with open-wheel cars, 2007, he drove in the National Racing F-3, the Spanish GT Championship, the Eurocup 2.0 and Formula Renault 2.0 Italy.
Roberto followed a similar path in 2008 and then focussed on the prestigious F-3 Euroseries in 2009. The championship, where names like Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel became famous, was a challenge to Roberto, who was just 18 years old, but he was not overawed. He was second in his first race to amaze the world of motorsport. He then has focused on getting the first victory for Spain. In 2009 finished seventh and in 2010 he was fifth.
Furthermore, in 2010, he participated in the new GP3 series where he finished an impressive sixth, taking into account that he did not attend the first two events out of the eight that made up the calendar. Additionally, Roberto scored 26 points, the same as his team scored, with three drivers per race scoring in the team championship, this meant Roberto scored all of the team’s points.
The 2011 was the year of his full arrival at international level. Robert joined the Italian team Prema Power Team, winning the F3 Euroseries championship 121 points ahead of the second placed driver (the first Spaniard to win it) and also winning the title in the FIA F3 TROPHY. These results are just the culmination of the path leading from his previous seasons and they led him to be chosen by Mercedes to be part of their Junior Team and compete in the DTM 2012 and 2013.
In 2014 he came back to single seater racing with an impressive campaign in the World Series, fighting for the title up to the final round of the championship. His brilliant performance opened the path to Formula 1, driving for Caterham in three free practice session.
The 2015 season meant the culmination of Roberto's dream of racing in F1, entering 12 Grand Prix with a car from the Manor team.
ROBERTO MERHI JR.
- Nationality: Spanish
DOB: 22nd March 1991
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 76 kg
Hobbies: Music, Karting, Skiing
2015Formula 1 with Manor
2014World Series - 3rd
Caterham driver in 3 FP1s of F1
2012-2013DTM (Mercedes Junior Team)
2011Formula 3 Euro Series, CHAMPION
F3 FIA Trophy, CHAMPION
2010Formula 3 Euro Series - 5th
GP3 - 6th
2009Formula 3 Euro Series - 7th
2008Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 - 4th
Formula Renault 2.0 WEC - 2nd
Spanish Formula 3 - 2 wins (2 rounds)
2007Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 - 18º
Formula Renault 2.0 Italia - 4º
2006Formula Renault 2.0 Winter Series - 3rd
(youngest ever race winner)
2001 – 2005Karting