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Luís Felipe Derani
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Driver Details
Nationality Flag of Brazil.png Brazilian
Date of Birth 12 October 1993
Date of Death
Experience WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
FIA Formula 3 European Championship
Formula E Career
Tests 1
Début Flag of Morocco.png 2020 Rookie Test
Teams Flag of India.png Mahindra Racing

Luís Felipe Derani (born 12 October 1993 in São Paulo, São Paulo State, Brazil), better known simply as Pipo Derani, is a Brazilian racing driver, who served as a test driver in the 2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship for Mahindra Racing.[1] A runner-up in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Derani would make his FE test debut at the 2020 Rookie Test, using Jérôme d'Ambrosio's #64 car.[1]

Background

Derani's career began in karting, with the Brazilian youth competing in various series between 2003 and 2009 before moving to Europe to compete in single seaters.[2] Taking a seat in the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC in 2009, Derani would secure seventh in his rookie FR season, while also making four appearances in the GT3 Brasil Championship.[2] 2010 saw Derani move into the German Formula 3 Championship, finishing tenth after a full campaign.[2]

Formula Dreams: 2011 - 2013

For 2011 Derani would join the British Formula 3 Championship, with a single podium leaving him in fifteenth in the Championship, while also making appearances in the FIA Formula 3 International Trophy and Masters of Formula 3.[2] The following season saw Derani claim two victories in British F3, improving to eighth in the championship, while also making his debut in the Formula 3 Euro Series.[2] The Euro Series would subsequently become Derani's main programme in 2013 as it transformed into the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, with the Brazilian racer going on to finish eighth in his first full campaign.[2]

An Endurance Future: 2014 - 2021

With funding becoming an issue Derani would end 2013 by selling off two of his father's GT3 cars, enabling him to secure a test in an LMP2 Ligier.[3] That Ligier run would ultimately translate into Derani making his debut in the w:c:motorsport:European Le Mans Series towards the end of 2014, claiming a podium, with the rest of the season spent making a handful of appearances in German F3 and the Pro Mazda Championship.[2] For 2015 Ligier managed to secure Derani a seat in an LMP2 car in the World Endurance Championship, with the Brazilian youth going on to claim third in the LMP2 class in his rookie season.[2]

2016 saw Derani announce himself in the sportscar world with the Brazilian youth claiming two victories in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, including victory in the LMP2 class at the 24 Hours of Daytona, alongside a run to fourth in the WEC in LMP2.[2] Further wins in the WTSCC would follow for Derani in 2017, with the Brazilian racer also finishing as runner-up in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the GTE-Pro class with Ford.[2] That winter would see Derani secure second in the Asian Le Mans Series, with Derani going on to claim two more victories in the WTSCC as the standout driver in the Tequila Patrón ESM entry.[2]

For 2019 Derani moved to the Whelan Engineering entry in the WTSCC, enabling the Brazilian to mount a title challenge, although he and teammates Felipe Nasr and Eric Curran would have to settle for second behind the Acura squad.[2] A run to fourth in WTSCC would follow for Derani in 2020, with the Brazilian racer retained by the Cadillac wielding squad for a third season in 2021.[2]

Formula E History

Derani would secure his public debut in an ABB FIA Formula E Championship car during the 2019/20 season, when Mahindra Racing offered him a chance to test one of their cars at the 2020 Rookie Test.[1] The Brazilian racer duly took over the #64 Mahindra entry used by Jérôme d'Ambrosio for the test, setting the sixteenth fastest time of the test, two tenths faster than test teammate Sam Dejonghe.[4]

Full Formula E Record

Shown below are a series of tables outlining Pipo Derani's career in Formula E in statistical form:

Pipo Derani's Formula E Test Record
Year Entrant No. Car Role
2019/20 Flag of India.png Mahindra Racing[1] 64 Mahindra M6Electro Test Driver

References

Videos and Images:

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 '2020 Marrakesh Rookie Test: All you need to know', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 19/02/2020), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2020/feb/marrakesh-rookie-test-2020, (Accessed 20/02/2020)
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 'Felipe Derani', driverdb.com, (Driver Database, 2021), https://www.driverdb.com/drivers/luis-felipe-derani/, (Accessed 15/05/2021)
  3. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named MWM
  4. 'Nick Cassidy sets fastest time for Envision Virgin Racing in Rookie Test', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 01/03/2020), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2020/feb/marrakesh-rookie-test-round-up, (Accessed 01/03/2020)
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