Louis Deletraz is Swiss racing driver who currently competes in the FIA Formula 2 Championship. He made a debut in Formula 2 after spending a season in the Formula V8 3.5 Series in 2017, finishing as a vice-champion. Earlier in a career, his greatest success was a championship title in the Formula Renault 2.0 North European Cup in 2015.
A son of a former Formula 1 driver
Born in April 1997, as a son of former F1 and sports car racer Jean-Denis Deletraz, Louis inherited racing genes from his father and started to race early, at the age nine, in karting competitions.
After few years in karting, Louis graduated to formula racing in 2012, participating in the Grand Final of the Formula BMW Talent Cup at Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. He was in a pole position in all three races of the weekend, finishing third in the first race and winning the second race.
Louis Deletraz in 2013
Three seasons in Formula Renault, champion in 2015
In 2013, Deletraz entered to Formula Renault, participating in the North European Cup with with Josef Kaufmann Racing. In his debut season, he scored no wins or podiums to finish 19th in the points. Next year, he was among the front-runners in the North European Cup, scoring five podiums, including a victory at Monza. He finished second in the points, behind Ben Barnicoat.
In 2014, he also entered three rounds of the Formula Renault Eurocup, moving to the competition as a full-time driver in 2015. He had a double programme in 2015, also competing in the North European Cup. He won NEC championship title and finished second in the Eurocup, behind Jack Aitken.
In 2015, Deletraz was a part of the BMW Motorsport Junior Programme. As a part of that programme, he entered few races of the VLN Endurance Series and participated in the Zolder 24 Hours race.
Louis Deletraz in 2015
Formula V8 3.5 Series runner-up in 2016
Louis Deletraz also made a one-off appearance in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series in 2015. Next year, that series was converted into the Formula V8 3.5 Series and he competed full season with Fortec Motorsports. After winning two races and adding seven more podiums, he finished second in the points behind Tom Dillmann.
Outside Formula V8, Deletraz made a one-off appearance in the season's finale of the GP2 Series and participated in four rounds of the ADAC GT Masters with Schubert Motorsport. He was sharing the #20 BMW M6 GT3 with Jesse Krohn.
In 2017 Formula 2 season, Deletraz was driving for Racing Engineering and Rapax
Formula 2 rookie in 2017
During 2016, Deletraz became Renault Sport Academy driver and then, in 2017, he made one more step up on the ladder of single-seater competitions, entering newly formed FIA Formula 2 Championship.
He started a season with Racing Engineering team, driving their #3 car in seven rounds. After that, he and Rapax driver Nyck de Vries swapped their seats and Deletraz spent the last four round in the #18 car. Over the season, he was in the points just four times, finishing 17th in the final points.
For the 2018 Formula 2 season, Deletraz signed with Charouz Racing System to drive their #20 car.