Roberto Merhi returns to Manor in FIA WEC

Former Manor Formula 1 driver Roberto Merhi will return to the team for the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship season.

Merhi, 25, is the final driver to be announced for the two-car LMP2 effort using the Oreca 05 chassis.

The Spaniard, who made 13 Formula 1 starts with Manor-Marussia in 2015, will partner Matt Rao and Richard Bradley in the upcoming endurance season.

Mehri’s F1 team-mate Will Stevens will drive the sister car alongside former Manor juniors James Jakes and Tor Graves.

“It is great to welcome Roberto back to Manor,” said team principal John Booth.

“Roberto is a talented driver with plenty of speed and experience. I know that he will fit in straight away having worked with many of the team before and also been a team-mate to Will Stevens last year.”

“It has been a very exciting week with the debut of our Oreca 05 LMP2 and also completing our driver line up,” he said.

Merhi raced for Manor Motorsport’s single seater division in 2009 before going on to win the 2011 European Formula 3 Championship with Italian squad Prema Powerteam. Since then he has competed in DTM and Formula Renault 3.5, with 2016 marking his endurance racing debut.

“I’m really excited to be part of this new exciting chapter with Manor,” said Merhi. “It is a great opportunity to work with Graeme, John and the team again.”

“This is my first time at endurance racing, LMP2 is a very strong championship and I am looking forward to getting into the ORECA 05 LMP2 and seeing what we can all achieve together.”