Felix Serralles is a Puerto Rican racing driver who currently competes in the Blancpain GT Series driving a Mercedes for the French Akka ASP team. Previously in a career, Serralles spent seven seasons in different open-wheel racing competitions: Indy Lights, European Formula 3, British Formula 3, Formula Renault and Skip Barber National Championship.
Felix Juan Serralles IV was born on June 24, 1992, in Ponce, Puerto Rico, to a wealthy family of the Puerto Rican businessman Felix Juan Serralles, Jr., the president of Destileria Serralles and owner of Don Q rum brand. His other grandfather was industrialist and inventor Efrain D. Vassallo Ruiz.
Felix Juan Serralles
Participating in races since the age of ten
Felix started his racing career driving go-karts at the age of ten. A peak of his karting career were two second-place finished in the Caribbean Championship in 2004 and 2005. He switched to bigger cars in 2009, entering the Skip Barber National Championship. He won a scholarship in the 2009 shootout, participating full-time in the 2010 season.
Third place in debut season with cars
After scoring two wins, Serralles finished third in the championship, behind Spencer Pigot and Isaac Lyons. In 2010, Felix also had guest appearances in other American racing competitions (USF 2000, Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge) but also in Europe, where he participated in the Formula Ford Festival and Formula Renault UK Winter Cup.
Felix Serralles in 2010
Formula Renault season with Fortec
In the Formula Renault, he was driving for Fortec Motorsports, continuing that collaboration in 2011 when he entered the full season in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup and but also part-time schedule in the Formula Renault UK. Not scoring podiums, only eight points-scoring finishes, Felix was 12th in the final standings of the FR Eurocup.
Between the season, in January and February 2012, Serralles competed in the New Zealander Toyota Racing Series with Giles Motorsport. He won one race, in the last round at Manfield Autocourse, to finish 8th in the final standings.
Serralles was the winner four times in the 2012 British F3 Championship
Third place in the British Formula 3
The next step in a career was the 2012 British Formula 3 Championship. He was driving the #4 Dallara-Mercedes for Fortec Motorsports. The first win came in the third race of the first round at Oulton Park. He added a second victory a week later at Monza, winning the second race of the meeting in torrential rain. Two more wins came at Spa and Silverstone. Serralles finished third in the championship, behind Jack Harvey and Jazeman Jaafar.
Two seasons in the European F3 Championship
In 2013, Serralles progressed to the European Formula 3 Championship, still driving for Fortec Motorsports. He scored two podiums over the season, both at Hockenheim, to finish 11th in the final classification. For the 2014 European F3 season, Serralles joined Team West-Tec to drive the #21 Dallara-Mercedes. Scoring no podiums, with fourth place as the best result, he finished 12th in the points.
Felix Serralles in 2015
Two seasons in the Indy Lights series
In 2015, Serralles returned to North America, joining Belardi Auto Racing in the Indy Lights series. He scored the only win of the season at Milwaukee Mile in July. He was on a podium one more time at Long Beach. At the end of the season, Serralles was 7th in the points.
For 2016 Indy Lights season, Serralles moved to Carlin. His performance slightly improved and he won two races, the season-opening race at St.Petersburg and eleventh round at Iowa Speedway, to finish sixth in the points.
Switching to Blancpain GT Series in 2017
In November 2016, Felix had an opportunity to test IndyCar machine with Andretti Autosport but it was the last what he did in the open-wheel racing. In 2017, Serralles completely changed a direction of his career. He left open-wheel racing to enter the European-based Blancpain GT Series with the French team Akka ASP. His new car is the #88 Mercedes-AMG GT3, both in the Sprint Cup and Endurance Cup races. He shares a car with Dani Juncadella.