AlfonsoCelis Jr or Alfonso Celis Enecoiz is a racing driver from Mexico and he is currently trying to find the way to the highest ranks of motorsports.
Karting racing and early departure to Europe
He was born in Mexico City on 18th of September, 1996. At the age of 13, Alfonso started to race in karting. He had considerable success in the regional and national championships in Mexico until 2012 when he moved to Europe.
Alfonso Celis Jr
In the meantime, Celis competed in Campeonato Turismos and won the title in 2011 after being the winner in five out of seven races. The same year Alfonso appeared in five races of LATAM Challenge Series but failed to achieve notable results.
Formula BMW and Formula Renault days
After his arrival in Europe, Celis Jr competed in the Formula BMW Talent Cup and took the 8th place overall in the final stage held at Oschersleben. After a while, he moved to Formula Renault 2.0 NEC as a driver of Fortec Motorsport. In 17 races he collected several points but still achieved only one podium, finishing 3rd in the final race of the season at Zandvoort. In the final standings, Celis was 14th which was a bit disappointing.
Alfonso competing in Formula Renault NEC
In 2013, Celis also appeared in the selected races of British Formula 3 and the FIA European Formula 3 Championship but without too much success. In 2014, this Mexican again appeared as a guest in a couple of European Formula 3 and again failed to impress.
Move to GP3 Series
However, Alfonso’s main engagement in 2014 was driving in the GP3 Series with Status Grand Prix. His rookie season was far from perfect because Celis earned only two points and finished 21st in the Drivers’ championship. The same year he also drove two races for Tech 1 Racing in Formula Renault 3.5 Series.
Alfonso Celis Jr, Status GP, 2014 GP3 Series
Alfonso Celis Jr stayed in GP3 Series in 2015 but moved to much stronger ART Grand Prix team. Despite having better conditions for progress, he hasn’t met the expectations completely. He moved up to the 12th position overall and had one podium finish but many were expecting more.
Desperate seek for victory continued in Formula 3.5
Parallel to his GP3 duties, Alfonso competed in Formula Renault 3.5 as a driver of AVF team and picked 17 points and finished 16th in the final standings which again was a bit below the expectations considering his talent.
Alfons Celis Jr, AVF, Formula V8 3.5 Series
Driving in 2016 Formula V8 3.5 Series, Celis finished 3rd in the race in Belgium and generally speaking, he was doing much better in comparison to the previous campaign. Now he is able to look into the future with more optimism, especially considering his financial backing which is still, by many, his main trump in the world of motorsports.
Alfonso Celis Jr had an unexpected debut in Formula 1
Finally, in 2016 Celis managed to show the real progress and even though his results weren't brilliant, his potential attracted Force India Formula 1 team to hire him as a development and free practice driver, which was an amazing thing, because he had a chance to practice before the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa circuit.
Alfonso Celis surprisingly got the chance to test F1 car with Force India