F2 racer Robert Visoiu decides to end his racing career at only 21-years
In a surprise turn of events, FIA Formula 2 driver Robert Visoiu has decided to retire from racing, days after the announcement of Campos fielding Alex Palou for the Jerez and Abu Dhabi F2 rounds.
The 21-year-old has cited 'personal' reasons for his decision on his Facebook post, after 'careful analysis' of his career. He added, he will continue to remain part of the motor racing world.
"After a careful analysis, I decided to end the pilot's career. I made the decision to hang the helmet at the end of season 2017 for personal reasons, but I will always stay close to the racing world, which I dedicated most of my life to.
"I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart to those who have helped me all these years and have supported me unconditionally, with my father!
"I don't want to name names because the list is very long, but from the first steps in karting and so far I've learned a great deal about life from each of you and cherish every lesson.
"Also, thank you to all those who supported me online and on the circuits. Your support meant so much to me," he wrote on Facebook, explaining his decision.
Visoiu made his single-seater debut in 2011, where he took race wins and podiums in Formula Abarth Italian Series and Formula Abarth European Series for Jenzer Motorsport.
He moved to GP3 Series in 2012 with Jenzer, where he claimed his maiden podium in only his second outing in Barcelona. He dovetailed the season with the Italian Formula Three European Series.
The Romanian continued to race in GP3 in 2013, switching teams with Arden - where he went on to take his first win in Valencia, doubling it up in Hungaroring. He also competed in the AutoGP series.
For 2014, he did his third season in GP3 with just the lone podium finish, before moving up to GP2 Series in 2015 with Rapax. But he did not see through the whole season, missing the last two rounds.
He would then skip racing in 2016, before making a return to F2 earlier this season with Campos from Monaco onward. With just the lone point finish so far, he has now decided to back out of racing all together.
[Note: The above quotes from Visoiu has been translated from his original FB post to be found here: www.facebook.com/RVisoiu]