As rises to the top go, Louis Deletraz’s went against the grain. Most young racers learn their trade in go-karting, but he forged his name by hurtling downhill at 96kph in a soapbox, built by him and his dad in their garage.

Son of former F1 racer, Jean-Denis Deletraz, Louis did eventually clamber into a go-kart and it’s been pretty much uphill ever since.

The 2015 Eurocup Formula Renault champion showed flashes of his undoubted promise in his full F2 debut in 2018 with Charouz, before making the step up to 2018 Teams’ Champions Carlin and eying a title tilt.

Except, the expected Championship charge never got going, as Deletraz’s year was plagued with bad luck. The Swiss isn’t one for pointing fingers though and finished on the podium four times to remind the world of his talent, although a maiden win still eludes him.

Away from the track, Deletraz admits to loving Swiss chocolate from his home country, but for him, nothing would be sweeter than to finally stand on that top step of the podium.

Louis Delétraz

Stats for season Formula 2 2019

Full Driver Standings
  • Standing

    8th
  • Points

    92