Ex-Formula 1 driver Roberto Merhi will test with Campos Racing in FIA Formula 2 Championship’s first collective test of 2017 at Barcelona next week.
The Spaniard is aiming to ” relaunch his career” after his future with Manor in LMP2 is severely in doubt, after a disappointing rookie season which yielded just one podium.
Merhi will test alongside newly announced driver Ralph Boschung over the three-day test at Barcelona, with a view to race in the championship full time.
After winning the 2011 European Formula 3 Championship, he spent two fairly fruitless years in DTM before moving to Formula Renault 3.5, where he narrowly missed out on the championship to Carlos Sainz Jr.
Merhi, 25, raced for Manor Marussia for 13 of the 19 rounds of the 2015 Formula 1 season alongside Will Stevens. His best finish was a 12th place in Britain on his way to 19th in the drivers’ championship. Ultimately he lost his seat at the end of the season.
If Mehri is granted entry, he will join the likes of Romain Grosjean, Giorgio Pantano and Timo Glock in joining F1’s main feeder series after an unsuccessful part-time campaign in F1.
F2’s first test at Barcelona kicks off this Monday and will run until Wednesday, and will be followed by another three days of testing at the end of the month in Bahrain.