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Italy Rapax
Logo rapax.jpg
Founded2010
Founder(s)Gianfranco Sovernigo
Valter Sovernigo
Folded2017
BaseVeggiano, Padua, Italy
Team principal(s)Gianfranco Sovernigo[1]
Andrea Bergamini[1]
Former seriesFIA Formula 2 Championship
GP2 Series
GP2 Asia Series
Noted driversMonaco Stefano Coletti
Russia Sergey Sirotkin
Netherlands Nyck de Vries
Teams'
Championships
GP2 Series:
2010
Drivers'
Championships
GP2 Series:
2010: Pastor Maldonado
Websitehttp://www.rapaxteam.com/

Rapax Team is an Italian motor racing team. The team's history can be traced back to when the GP Racing team was founded in 1997, and also to when Piquet Sports was created in 2000 by triple world champion Nelson Piquet. In 2007, Piquet Sports and GP Racing merged to create "Minardi Piquet Sports". In 2008, the team dropped "Minardi" from their name.[2] In early 2009, the team was sold and rebranded as Piquet GP, but changed its name again in November to Rapax Team, once all remaining ties to part-owner Piquet were cut.

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History

During 2009, the team was sold and all remaining ties with part-owner Nelson Piquet were severed. The team was rebranded "Rapax" (Latin for "predator") at the beginning of 2010, after the Legio XXI Rapax Roman legion. Pastor Maldonado rejoined the team, alongside Luiz Razia. Maldonado won six races on his way to the drivers' championship, and Razia backed him up with 11th place overall, allowing Rapax to win the teams' championship for the first time, and in the first year of its new identity.

For 2011, Maldonado graduated to Formula One with the Williams team and Razia moved to the new Caterham Team AirAsia; Rapax signed Fabio Leimer and Julián Leal to replace them. Leimer won a single race but was unable build on it, restricting him to fourteenth place in the drivers' championship, whilst Leal did not score at all; Rapax dropped to tenth in the teams' championship.

In 2012, the team improved to ninth overall through the combined efforts of Tom Dillmann, Stefano Coletti, Ricardo Teixeira and Daniël de Jong. Dillmann was the most successful with a single victory, but was dropped for budgetary reasons mid-season and replaced by De Jong. De Jong's Auto GP racing commitments also resulted in him missing the final two races of the championship, for which he was replaced by Scuderia Coloni refugee Coletti. By contrast, Teixeira competed in all but one round of the season, but failed to score any points.

For 2013 the team kept Coletti and signed with Simon Trummer. Coletti took three race wins and improved to the fifth place in the standings. While Trummer had six point-scoring finishes on his way to the 20th place in the driver standings.

Trummer was retained for the 2014 GP2 Series. He was joined by Adrian Quaife-Hobbs. The team had suffered a weak season, with just one podium that Quaife-Hobbs had collected.

The team had completely changed their line-up for the 2015 GP2 Series, signing with Sergey Sirotkin and Robert Vișoiu.[3][4] The team had scored its first win since 2013 Monaco round with Sirotkin in the 2015 Silverstone round.[5] Sirotkin was also the first Rapax driver since Maldonado who had finished in the top-three in the driver standings with the team. For the last two rounds of the season Visoiu was replaced by Gustav Malja.[6]

Malja remained with the team for the full 2016 GP2 Series campaign.[7] Arthur Pic completed the team line-up.[8] Malja had podiums at Spa and Monza, while Pic finished on podium at Hockenheimring. Pic was replaced by Johnny Cecotto Jr. in the two final rounds. Rapax ended ninth in the team standings.

In 2017, the GP2 Series was rebranded to FIA Formula 2 Championship.The team had started the season with Cecotto and Nyck de Vries.[9] De Vries won the Sprint Monaco F2 race — the first race win for the Rapax since Sirotkin in 2015. [10] At Spielberg Cecotto was replaced by Sergio Canamasas.[11] Rapax field two new drivers at Spa, signing with Louis Delétraz and Roberto Merhi.[12] René Binder had a one-off round appearance for Rapax at Jerez.[13] Despite not having a permanent driver line-up, results shown by De Vries help the team two achieve the fifth place in the teams standings — the highest position since they took the teams' championship back in 2010. But the team decided to stop their racing activity and leave FIA Formula 2 Championship.[14].

Results

GP2 Series

Year Car Drivers Races Wins Poles Fast laps Points D.C. T.C.
2010 Dallara-Mecachrome Venezuela Pastor Maldonado 20 6 0 5 87 1st 1st
Brazil Luiz Razia 20 0 0 1 28 11th
2011 Dallara-Mecachrome Switzerland Fabio Leimer 18 1 0 1 15 14th 10th
Colombia Julián Leal 18 0 0 0 0 27th
2012 Dallara-Mecachrome Monaco Stefano Coletti 22 0 0 2 50 13th† 9th
France Tom Dillmann 14 1 0 0 29 15th
Netherlands Daniël de Jong 8 0 0 0 0 26th
Portugal Ricardo Teixeira 22 0 0 0 0 29th
2013 Dallara-Mecachrome Monaco Stefano Coletti 22 3 1 5 135 5th 7th
Switzerland Simon Trummer 22 0 0 0 20 21st
2014 Dallara-Mecachrome United Kingdom Adrian Quaife-Hobbs 22 0 0 0 30 13th 9th
Switzerland Simon Trummer 22 0 0 0 26 17th
2015 Dallara-Mecachrome Russia Sergey Sirotkin 21 1 1 1 139 3rd 6th
Romania Robert Vișoiu 18 0 0 0 20 17th
Sweden Gustav Malja 3 0 0 0 1 25th‡
2016 Dallara-Mecachrome Sweden Gustav Malja 22 0 0 0 53 13th 9th
France Arthur Pic 18 0 0 0 36 14th
Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr. 4 0 0 0 18 18th

  • D.C. = Drivers' Championship position, T.C. = Teams' Championship position.

† Includes points scored for Scuderia Coloni.
‡ Includes points scored for Trident Racing.

FIA Formula 2 Championship

Year Car Drivers Races Wins Poles Fast laps Points D.C. T.C.
2017 Dallara-Mecachrome Netherlands Nyck de Vries 22 1 0 2 114 7th† 5th
Spain Sergio Canamasas 14 0 0 0 21 14th†
Venezuela Johnny Cecotto Jr. 8 0 0 0 16 16th
Switzerland Louis Delétraz 22 0 0 0 16 17th†
Spain Roberto Merhi 8 0 0 0 16 18th†
Austria René Binder 2 0 0 0 0 28th

† Shared his position and results with another team.

Notes and references

  1. ^ a b "Rapax — GP2 Series - ©2010". GP2 Series. GP2 Motorsport Limited.
  2. ^ "The Renaissance Men of GP2", Autosport Magazine pg. 40–41. May 8, 2008 Issue (Vol. 192, No. 6)
  3. ^ Khorounzhiy, Valentin (17 February 2015). "Sirotkin makes GP2 switch with Rapax". formulascout.com. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Robert Visoiu completes Rapax 2015 line up". GP2 Series. GP2 Motorsport Limited. 6 March 2015. Archived from the original on 9 March 2015. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  5. ^ Allen, Peter (4 July 2015). "Sergey Sirotkin takes first GP2 victory in Silverstone feature race". formulascout.com. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  6. ^ Allen, Peter (16 November 2015). "Malja back in GP2 for final two rounds, replacing Visoiu at Rapax". Paddock Scout. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Rapax to field Gustav Malja for 2016 season". gp2series.com. GP2 Motorsport Limited. 16 February 2016. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  8. ^ "Rapax and Arthur Pic join forces for 2016 GP2 Series". gp2series.com. GP2 Motorsport Limited. 28 January 2016. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  9. ^ "Rapax to race with Cecotto and De Vries". 11 March 2017. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  10. ^ Khorounzhiy, Valentin (6 July 2017). "Marciello returns to single-seaters for Red Bull Ring F2 round". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  11. ^ Khorounzhiy, Valentin (6 July 2017). "Marciello returns to single-seaters for Red Bull Ring F2 round". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  12. ^ Vega, Jacobo (17 November 2017). "Ex-Formula 1 driver Roberto Merhi back to Formula 2 again". Autosport.
  13. ^ "Binder joins Rapax for Jerez F2 round". GPUpdate.net. SportUpdate. 3 October 2017. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  14. ^ Suttill, Joshua (29 December 2017). "ASSESSING THE 2018 FORMULA 2 DRIVER MARKET". readmotorsport.com. Retrieved 21 January 2018. Russian Time and Rapax have exited the series but will be replaced by Formula V8 3.5 teams Charouz Racing and Fortec Motorsport, as well as the returning Carlin.

External links

Achievements
Preceded by
ART Grand Prix
GP2 Series Teams' Champion
2010
Succeeded by
Addax Team
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