Johnny Cecotto Jr is a racing driver, born in Germany but with double German-Venezuelan nationality, who currently has no racing arrangement. Johnny, whose full name is Johnny Amadeus Cecotto, is a son of former racing driver and motorcycle world champion Johnny Cecotto (born 1956).
Cecotto Junior started his racing career in 2005 and since then he participated in more than ten different single-seater championships, with GP2 Series and Formula 2 as highest levels of competitions. Johnny's best result was third place in the 2008 German Formula 3 Championship.
Johnny Cecotto Junior
Career's maiden victory at TT Circuit Assen
Johnny Amadeus Cecotto was born in Augsburg, Germany, in a family of two-time motorcycle world champion and former Formula One driver Johnny Cecotto, so it was natural ofr him to became a race car driver. The young Johnny started his career in kart racing, progressing to open-wheel single-seater racing in 2005. His first competitions were Formula BMW ADAC and Formula Renault Italy.
In 2006, he was again combining few championships, participating in the German Formula 3, Formula Renault (Northern European Cup and Italy) and Formula 3000. He was the most successful in the Formula 3, scoring his maiden victory at TT Circuit Assen in Netherlands.
Third place in German F3 as career-best result
In 2007, Johnny's main competition was the International Formula Master series, in which he was driving for Ombra Racing. Scoring three podiums, he finished 8th in the points.
In 2008, Cecotto returned to the German F3 Championship, driving a Dallara-Mercedes for HS Technik Motorsport team and finishing third in the championship with two victories and ten podiums. He was the race winner at Oschersleben and Assen, finishing in the final standings behind Frederic Vervisch and Sebastian Saavedra.
GP2 Series debut in 2009
In 2009, Cecotto raced in the Formula 3 Euro Series for the HBR Motorsport, participating in twelve races before team withdrew from the championship. Cecotto then joined David Price Racing in the last two rounds of the GP2 Series at Monza and Algarve.
Between the seasons, he joined Trident Racing in the 2009/2010 GP2 Asia Series season, participating in just one round and then being replaced by Dani Clos.
Regular GP2 Series entrant since 2010
Cecotto rejoined Trident for the 2010 GP2 Series and since then he was a regular GP2 Series entrant until 2016. In his GP2 Series rookie season, Cecotto scored points in one race only, at the streets of Monte-Carlo. After eight rounds, he was replaced by Edoardo Piscopo.
Cecotto moved to Super Nova Racing for the 2011 GP2 Asia Series season and then to the Ocean Racing Technology team for the 2011 GP2 Series season. In eighteen races, he failed to score points. At the end of the season, Cecotto participated in Formula 1 young drivers test at Yas Marina Circuit.
Maiden GP2 Series win at 2012 Monaco Grand Prix
Two wins in the 2012 GP2 Series season
Cecotto significantly improved his results in the 2012 GP2 Series season, driving for Barwa Addax team. He scored his first GP2 victory at Monaco Grand Prix, starting from pole in the Feature race. The second win came in the Feature race at Hockenheimring. Cecotto finished ninth in the points. After the season, he drove for Toro Rosso F1 team in the Young driver's test.
In 2013, driving for Arden International, Cecotto had one more disappointing season, not scoring wins or podiums and finishing 16th in the points. The highlight of the season was a pole position at Monaco Grand Prix but he ruined the race causing a multi-car pile-up on the opening lap.
2014 - the best GP2 Series season
For the 2014 GP2 Series, Cecotto rejoined Trident Racing and it turned to be his career-best season in the series. He scored two victories (Barcelona, Red Bull Ring) and three more podiums to finish fifth in the championship standings.
In the 2015 GP2 Series season, Cecotto was driving for three teams – Hilmer Motorsport, Carlin and Trident, not scoring points. He also participated in one round of the Auto GP Series, driving for Virtuosi UK team at Hungaroring.
Johnny Cecotto Jr in 2016
Formula V8 and GP2 Series in 2016
For the 2016 season, Cecotto joined RP Motorsport in the Formula V8 3.5 Series. He won the third race of the season at Hungaroring but split with the team after six races.
He was then invited to drive for Rapax in the last two rounds of the 2016 GP2 Series, at Sepang and Abu Dhabi. He finished second in the Sprint race at Yas Marina Circuit.
Johnny finished on a podium in Formula 2 race in Monaco
Part-time Formula 2 schedule in 2017
Cecotto stayed with Rapax in 2017, when the GP2 Series was converted into FIA Formula 2 Championship. Despite relatively good results, finishing 8th in Monaco's Feature race and finishing second in Monaco's Sprint race, he split with the team after four rounds.
Later in the season, he returned to racing in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo series, in which his younger brother Jonathan Cecotto also competes.