Pechito López and a podium that took eleven years

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Like many drivers of his generation, José María López from Cordoba started in motor sport with the aim of one day reaching Formula 1. Although he was very close to achieving it, his dream was cut short for different reasons. However, along the way he managed to stand out in different categories of monoposts.

He was champion of the Italian Formula Renault in 2002 and the following year he enshrined in the Formula Renault V6 Eurocup. With the patronage of Renault, who had recruited him for its young drivers program, Formula 3000 International arrived in 2004 and then he raced two more seasons in the GP2 Series, a new name for the pre-F-1 category.

During those three years on high-powered cars, Pechito competed in 54 races and on eight occasions he was on the podium. The last time he did it was on July 30, 2006 at the German circuit of Hockenheim when he came second in the race that the German Timo Glock won.

At the end of that year López lost his place at Renault and decided to return to the country. This new stage brought him many satisfactions, although far from the formula cars that he always enjoyed driving. He was TC2000 champion in 2008. In 2009, meanwhile, he retained the category crown and added a Top Race crown. While in 2012 it prevailed in the Super TC2000, a new name for Turismo Competición from the incorporation of V8 engines.

Fate gave him another chance to represent the country abroad and he did so in the World Tourism Championship with Citroën. Although he had come to the team to complete a line-up that already had the French Sébastien Loeb and Yvan Muller as references, he did not miss the opportunity that was presented to him. He won the 2014, 2015 and 2016 titles without giving his teammates any options.

That triplet opened the doors to the Endurance World Championship this year, as a Toyota driver; and to Formula E, where it represents DS. While the WEC allows him to drive one of the best cars on the planet, the electric category gave him the satisfaction of driving a single post again.

Although the adaptation to the FE was not easy, due to the characteristics of the test, López achieved his first great result in his sixth presentation during the Paris ePrix after being escort by the Swiss Sébastien Buemi. Thus he returned to the podium in a formula category after eleven seasons, in which he experienced several bitternesses, but also great joys.




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