By Mattias Persson
Throughout the autumn, www.felixracing.se will be running a series of articles where we look back at some of Felix's previous rivals - and chart where their careers have taken them by 2012. A new profile will be introduced every seven days. This week: Roberto Merhi.
Raced against Felix: 2010 (Macau Grand Prix), 2011 (Formula 3 Euro Series)
Today: DTM with Mercedes
Having already completed two years of Formula 3 Euro Series racing, Spain’s Roberto Merhi went into the 2011 campaign as one of the pre-season favourites together with Prema Powerteam. Meanwhile, Felix prepared for his debut in the championship, with the duo developing a strong friendship throughout the year – despite the competitive nature of their environment and an opening-lap clash at the Red Bull Ring in Austria. Merhi eventually delivered what was expected of him to win the title, and was duly awarded with a place at the Mercedes Junior Team and with a seat in the ultra-competitive DTM touring car series ahead of 2012.
Felix and Merhi remain close friends, both of them representing the same company as part of Mercedes’ talent development scheme.
Previously: Rio Haryanto, Jean-Éric Vergne, Kevin Magnussen, James Calado, Laurens Vanthoor, Mathias Beche, Stef Dusseldorp
Read more about Roberto Merhi - and everything else connected to Felix's career on the road to Formula 3 Euro Series - in the Felix Racing news archive.