Luca Ghiotto

Luca Ghiotto (born 24 February 1995) is an Italian racing driver who last competed in Formula 2 for Hitech Grand Prix.

Luca Ghiotto
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Luca Ghiotto in 2019
NationalityItaly Italian
Born (1995-02-24) 24 February 1995 (age 26)
Arzignano, Italy
FIA Formula 2 Championship career
Debut season2017
Car number25
Former teamsRussian Time, Campos Racing, UNI-Virtuosi Racing, Hitech Grand Prix
Starts91 (94 entries)
Wins6
Podiums24
Poles3
Fastest laps5
Best finish3rd in 2019
Previous series
2016
201415
2014
2013
201213
2012
201112
GP2 Series
GP3 Series
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Formula Renault 2.0 Alps
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC
Formula Abarth

CareerEdit

KartingEdit

Born in Arzignano, Ghiotto entered karting in 2008, when he took the title in the KF3 class of the Champions Cup,[1] before he finished fourth the following year.[2] Ghiotto remained in the KF3 category until the end of 2010.

Formula AbarthEdit

In 2011, Ghiotto made his début in single-seaters, taking part in the Formula Abarth series for Prema Powerteam.[3] He finished ninth in the Italian Series standings with a single podium at Misano, while in the European Series he finished sixth with four podiums.[4] He contested a sophomore campaign with the same team in 2012, improving to runner-up spots in both championships.[5]

Formula RenaultEdit

Ghiotto remained with Prema, as they moved to the 2-litre Formula Renault machinery to compete in the final rounds of Formula Renault 2.0 Alps and Formula Renault 2.0 NEC at the end of 2012. For 2013, Ghiotto had full-time campaigns in both Formula Renault 2.0 Alps and the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, staying with Prema.[6] He took a podium finish at Le Castellet, as well as a victory at Spa,[7] and finished ninth in the final championship standings. In the Alps series, he scored five wins and finished as runner-up to teammate Antonio Fuoco. Also he won the main race of the Formula Renault 2.0 Pau Trophy.[8]

Ghiotto graduated to the Formula Renault 3.5 Series in 2014, competing for International Draco Racing.[9]

GP3 SeriesEdit

Ghiotto made his debut in 2014, with Trident, at Spa, taking pole position on his debut.

He remained with Trident for 2015, taking five victories in the season, but losing the title to Esteban Ocon by eight points.

GP2 SeriesEdit

In February 2016, it was announced that Ghiotto would be graduating to the series, whilst continuing his collaboration with Trident. After a shaky start to the season, he claimed his first victory at the sprint race in Sepang and finished eighth in the overall standings.

FIA Formula 2 ChampionshipEdit

In 2017, Ghiotto switched to Russian Time. He took one victory that season and finished fourth in the championship. Originally, he won both races in Monza, but was denied the feature race win due to leaving the track after having avoiding contact with Nyck de Vries and Charles Leclerc. After Ghiotto was stripped of his win, the victory was given to his country-mate Antonio Fuoco.

In 2018, he drove for Campos Racing alongside Israeli Roy Nissany. He took four podiums and finished 8th in the championship.

Ghiotto moved to Virtuosi Racing to partner Chinese driver Guanyu Zhou in 2019. Ghiotto started the season very well with pole position, second place at race 1, and victory at race 2 in Bahrain. However, he scored only 2 points at Azerbaijan. The Italian once again took pole position at Spain, but was hit by Campos driver Dorian Boccolacci, who was later penalized with a drive-through penalty. He charged through the field to finish 4th and archieved another podium in Race 2, finishing in 2nd. At Monaco, originally, he finished second at the feature race, but was disqualified, and in the second race he hit the Arden car of Tatiana Calderon and the MP Motorsport car of Mahaveer Raghunathan. Ghiotto had to retire the car, and was given a three-place grid penalty for causing a collision with the two drivers. At Le Castellet, he also had a nightmare weekend. In Race 1, he was hit by Juan Manuel Correa, causing him to retire with suspension damage. In Race 2, he only finished 13th, scoring no points. In Spielberg, he took two podium finishes with two second places. In Great Britain, he qualified 2nd behind his teammate Guanyu Zhou, who also made history with achieving the first pole position of a Chinese driver in GP2 or F2. He passed Guanyu before the first corner, and took the victory in the feature race. At Hungaroring, he finished 4th and 8th respectively. In Spa-Francorchamps, the two races were cancelled after a tragic accident in the feature race, after Giuliano Alesi lost control of his car due to a puncture, which provoked an accident, that resulted in serious injures for Juan Manuel Correa, and the death of French driver Anthoine Hubert. In Monza Ghiotto took the fastest lap along with second place in the feature race, but after making contact with Sérgio Sette Câmara and Nyck de Vries he only finished in 15th position in the sprint race. At Sochi he finished fourth in the first race with taking fastest lap once again, however he lost the podium to Louis Delétraz on the final lap. In the second race, he came from fifth on the grid to 1st place and took his third win of the year. In the final round at Abu Dhabi the Italian scored 8 points in the first race by finishing sixth. In the sprint race, he started third, but overtook Nicholas Latifi for second place. A few laps later he passed Trident driver Giuliano Alesi for the race lead. Due to the retirements of Artem Markelov, Sean Gelael and contact between Nikita Mazepin and Matevos Isaakyan, there were three virtual safety cars. By that, Ghiotto extended his race lead and comfortably won his fourth race of the year. The Italian driver finished third in the championship, just behind champion Nyck de Vries and runner-up Nicholas Latifi.

In 2020 Ghiotto drove for the new Hitech Grand Prix team alongside Nikita Mazepin. He won the sprint race in Budapest and ended up tenth in the standings, five positions behind his Russian teammate.

Formula OneEdit

In August 2017, Ghiotto participated in the post-Hungarian Grand Prix test for Williams Martini Racing.[10]

Racing recordEdit

Karting career summaryEdit

Season Series Team Position
2008 Champions Cup — KF3 1st
Bridgestone Cup Europe — KF3 11th
Torneo Industrie — KF3 Gandolfio Ennio Racing 18th
Italian Open Masters — KF3 Ghiotti Franco DNF
2009 Spanish Championship — KF3 36th
South Garda Winter Cup — KF3 Gandolfi Ennio Racing DNF
WSK International Series — KF3 DNF
2010 Trofeo delle Industrie — KF2 20th
WSK Master Series — KF2 13th
Bridgestone Cup Europe — KF2 8th
WSK World Series — KF2 21st
Trofeo Andrea Margutti — KF2 30th
CIK-FIA Karting European Championship — KF2 Chiesa Corse 71st
CIK-FIA Asia-Pacific Championship — KF2 21st
Karting World Championship — KF2 23rd

Racing career summaryEdit

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2011 Formula Abarth Italian Series Prema Powerteam 14 0 1 2 1 42 9th
Formula Abarth European Series 14 0 0 1 4 65 6th
2012 Formula Abarth European Series Prema Powerteam 24 7 8 9 11 246 2nd
Formula Abarth Italian Series 18 6 7 7 7 175 2nd
Formula Renault 2.0 Alps 4 0 0 0 0 22 19th
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 2 0 0 0 0 7 44th
2013 Formula Renault 2.0 Alps Prema Powerteam 14 5 0 2 8 211 2nd
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 14 1 1 0 2 69 9th
Pau Formula Renault 2.0 Trophy 1 1 0 0 1 N/A 1st
2014 Formula Renault 3.5 Series International Draco Racing 17 0 0 0 0 26 17th
GP3 Series Trident 4 0 1 0 0 4 20th
2015 GP3 Series Trident 18 5 5 9 8 245 2nd
2016 GP2 Series Trident 22 1 0 2 4 111 8th
2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship Russian Time 22 1 0 1 7 185 4th
Formula One Williams Martini Racing Test driver
2018 FIA Formula 2 Championship Campos Vexatec Racing 24 0 0 2 4 111 8th
2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship UNI-Virtuosi Racing 22 4 2 2 9 207 3rd
2019-20 FIA World Endurance Championship Team LNT 1 0 0 0 1 0.5 24th
2020 FIA Formula 2 Championship Hitech Grand Prix 23 1 1 2 4 106 10th
Intercontinental GT Challenge Aston Martin 0 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2021 Italian GT Championship Imperiale Racing

Complete Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos Points
2013 Prema Powerteam ALC
1

14
ALC
2

25
SPA
1

31
SPA
2

1
MSC
1

5
MSC
2

9
RBR
1

32
RBR
2

7
HUN
1

6
HUN
2

11
LEC
1

2
LEC
2

22
CAT
1

27
CAT
2

23
9th 69

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pos Points
2014 International Draco Racing MNZ
1

16
MNZ
2

4
ALC
1

16
ALC
2

Ret
MON
1

14
SPA
1

6
SPA
2

Ret
MSC
1

16
MSC
2

14
NÜR
1

Ret
NÜR
2

15
HUN
1

11
HUN
2

19
LEC
1

7
LEC
2

16
JER
1

13
JER
2

Ret
17th 26

Complete GP3 Series resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pos Points
2014 Trident CAT
FEA
CAT
SPR
RBR
FEA
RBR
SPR
SIL
FEA
SIL
SPR
HOC
FEA
HOC
SPR
HUN
FEA
HUN
SPR
SPA
FEA

18
SPA
SPR

14
MNZ
FEA

21
MNZ
SPR

13
SOC
FEA
SOC
SPR
YMC
FEA
YMC
SPR
20th 4
2015 Trident CAT
FEA

2
CAT
SPR

8
RBR
FEA

1
RBR
SPR

3
SIL
FEA

4
SIL
SPR

7
HUN
FEA

1
HUN
SPR

4
SPA
FEA

5
SPA
SPR

1
MNZ
FEA

Ret
MNZ
SPR

3
SOC
FEA

1
SOC
SPR

8
BHR
FEA

4
BHR
SPR

1
YMC
FEA

5
YMC
SPR

4
2nd 245

Complete GP2 Series resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 DC Points
2016 Trident CAT
FEA

Ret
CAT
SPR

12
MON
FEA

Ret
MON
SPR

14
BAK
FEA

9
BAK
SPR

12
RBR
FEA

4
RBR
SPR

9
SIL
FEA

5
SIL
SPR

2
HUN
FEA

17
HUN
SPR

Ret
HOC
FEA

2
HOC
SPR

4
SPA
FEA

7
SPA
SPR

3
MNZ
FEA

6
MNZ
SPR

Ret
SEP
FEA

7
SEP
SPR

1
YMC
FEA

11
YMC
SPR

19
8th 111

Complete FIA Formula 2 Championship resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate points for the fastest lap of top ten finishers)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 DC Points
2017 Russian Time BHR
FEA

7
BHR
SPR

2
CAT
FEA

2
CAT
SPR

7
MON
FEA

5
MON
SPR

4
BAK
FEA

16
BAK
SPR

7
RBR
FEA

14
RBR
SPR

4
SIL
FEA

6
SIL
SPR

2
HUN
FEA

6
HUN
SPR

8
SPA
FEA

2
SPA
SPR

3
MNZ
FEA

4
MNZ
SPR

1
JER
FEA

7
JER
SPR

4
YMC
FEA

3
YMC
SPR

5
4th 185
2018 Campos Vexatec Racing BHR
FEA

12
BHR
SPR

6
BAK
FEA

Ret
BAK
SPR

14
CAT
FEA

4
CAT
SPR

5
MON
FEA

Ret
MON
SPR

10
LEC
FEA

3
LEC
SPR

3
RBR
FEA

12
RBR
SPR

13
SIL
FEA

5
SIL
SPR

10
HUN
FEA

6
HUN
SPR

2
SPA
FEA

7
SPA
SPR

6
MNZ
FEA

10
MNZ
SPR

6
SOC
FEA

Ret
SOC
SPR

14
YMC
FEA

3
YMC
SPR

9
8th 111
2019 UNI-Virtuosi Racing BHR
FEA

2
BHR
SPR

1
BAK
FEA

9
BAK
SPR

Ret
CAT
FEA

4
CAT
SPR

2
MON
FEA

DSQ
MON
SPR

Ret
LEC
FEA

Ret
LEC
SPR

12
RBR
FEA

2
RBR
SPR

2
SIL
FEA

1
SIL
SPR

15
HUN
FEA

4
HUN
SPR

8
SPA
FEA

C
SPA
SPR

C
MNZ
FEA

2
MNZ
SPR

15
SOC
FEA

4
SOC
SPR

1
YMC
FEA

6
YMC
SPR

1
3rd 207
2020 Hitech Grand Prix RBR
FEA

DNS
RBR
SPR

Ret
RBR
FEA

11
RBR
SPR

10
HUN
FEA

4
HUN
SPR

1
SIL
FEA

17
SIL
SPR

19†
SIL
FEA

13
SIL
SPR

10
CAT
FEA

8
CAT
SPR

2
SPA
FEA

9
SPA
SPR

5
MNZ
FEA

2
MNZ
SPR

15
MUG
FEA

2
MUG
SPR

Ret
SOC
FEA

4
SOC
SPR

5+
BHR
FEA

12
BHR
SPR

Ret
BHR
FEA

16
BHR
SPR

7
10th 106

* Season still in progress.

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship resultsEdit

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Rank Points
2019–20 Team LNT LMP1 Ginetta G60-LT-P1 AER P60C 2.4 L Turbo V6 SIL FUJ
11
SHA BHR COA SPA LMS BHR 24th 0.5

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Championnat de France — Minime 2007". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Formula Abarth — Ghiotto joins Prema". premapowerteam.com. Prema Powerteam. 24 February 2011. Retrieved 6 April 2011.
  4. ^ Allen, Peter (30 March 2012). "PaddockScout Preview: Italian championships begin...in Spain!". Paddock Scout. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
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  6. ^ Khorounzhiy, Valentin (8 February 2013). "Prema Powerteam promote Luca Ghiotto to the Eurocup". Paddock Scout. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  7. ^ Musker, Ant (2 June 2013). "Ghiotto claims maiden Eurocup victory in Spa". Paddock Scout. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  8. ^ "Race" (PDF). peterautoracing. Peter Auto. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
  9. ^ Allen, Peter (5 February 2014). "Ghiotto to make Formula Renault 3.5 step with Draco". Paddock Scout. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  10. ^ "WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING CONFIRMS LUCA GHIOTTO FOR HUNGARY YOUNG DRIVER TEST". 25 July 2017. Archived from the original on 28 August 2017. Retrieved 28 August 2017.

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