Jari Lappalainen

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Lappalainen in Donkervoort colours
Jari Lappalainen
Nationality Flag of Finland svg.png Finnish
Born 24th May 1997 (age 18)
Jyväskylä, Finland
Current Team Definitely Maybe Racing (F1RDS)
Car Number 3
Former Teams Donkervoort Automobielen
Races 18 (18 starts)
Championships 0
Victories 1
Podiums 2
Points 36
Pole Positions 0
Fastest Laps 1
First Race 2015 F1RDS Suzuka Winter Cup Race
First Victory 2015 F1RDS British Grand Prix Race Two
Last Victory 2015 F1RDS British Grand Prix Race Two
Last Race N/A
Best Finish 16th (F1RDS)


Jari Lappalainen (born 24th May 1997 in Jyväskylä, Finland) is a Finnish racing driver currently contracted to Astro Racing Stars. He is currently employed as a tester in the IFRC series, and races for Definitely Maybe Racing in the 2016 F1RDS season.


Personal and early life

Lappalainen was born in Jyväskylä in southern Finland. His mother was a primary school teacher, and his father worked in insurance. He was named after Finnish football player Jari Litmanen.

He has an older brother, Joonas, who manages Jari day-to-day.


Early racing history

Jari began karting aged 8, and won various championships in Scandinavia. He then moved to Towcester in England to take part in the British Formula Ford Championship. Whilst living here, he was in close proximity to Silverstone and spent a vast period of time testing on the circuit. He impressed many former racers with his tenacity and technical feedback, and romped to the championship. This brought him to the attention of Fusion Motorsports.


F1RDS

Jari joined Fusion in 2015, who had just set up their fledgling RoLFS operation with Diego Álvarez Torrente as their first driver. Lappalainen became the tester, but team manager Jake Legge wished to put him in the car halfway through the season. However, Donkervoort were looking for a driver for their F1RDS operation, and so a deal was agreed to loan Lappalainen to them. He lined up alongside Brazilian Jalmerson da Cunha.

After a tough season where the Donkervoort could not make the best of the Toyota's advantage in race trim, Lappalainen finished 16th in the championship, albeit managing one win. He moves to Definitely Maybe Racing for 2016.

Complete Results

F1RDS Winter Cup Results

Year Team Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 DC Pts
2015 Donkervoort Automobielen Toyota 2.0L L4DOHC SUZ
20
MOT
2
FUJ
12
6th 14
2016 Definitely Maybe Racing Ford-Cosworth 2.0L V6 SN1
14
SN2
16
LS1
10
LS2
4
LB1
8
LB2
17
14th 14

F1RDS Results

Year Team Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Pts
2015 Donkervoort Automobielen Toyota 2.0L L4DOHC AUS
19
SM1
21
SM2
14
MON
Ret
FR1
11
FR2
25
CZ1
14
CZ2
3
GB1
20
GB2
1
GER
7
BEL
14
ITA
10
ND1
13
ND1
19
16th 36
2016 Definitely Maybe Racing Ford-Cosworth 2.0L V6 SP1
6
SP2
10
UK1
UK2
ITA
AUT
TU1
TU2
FR1
FR2
GER
NED
EN1
EN2
BE1
BE2
CZ1
CZ2
JP1
JP1
8th* 7