|Racing Engineering is pleased to announce that their drivers for the 2013 GP2 Series will be Fabio Leimer and Julián Leal.
The 23 year-old Swiss Fabio Leimer has come up through Formula BMW, Formula Renault and International Formula Master racing and he already has plenty of GP2 experience having made his debut in the 2009–10 GP2 Asia Series. His first GP2 race win came in the 2010 GP2 Series when he won the Barcelona Sprint Race and, after finishing 5th in the 2010-11 GP2 Asia Series, he won the same race again in the 2011 GP2 Series. A number of consistent race results followed and he finished the season with an excellent second place to race winner, Racing Engineering’s Christian Vietoris, at the final race of the year at Monza.
Joining Racing Engineering for the 2012 GP2 Series, Fabio began by winning the end of the 2011 season non-Championship Feature race at Abu Dhabi. Throughout the 2012 season Fabio was always one of the fastest drivers, leading several races and ending the season in 7th place after finishing on the podium six times.
Colombian Julián Leal was born in Bucaramanga 22 years ago and he began his racing career in karting in 2001 before moving up to single-seaters in 2006 when he competed in the Formula Renault 2.0 PanamGP, taking a couple of podium finishes. Julián then moved to Europe where he raced in the 2007 and 2008 Euroseries 3000 championships finishing 4th in 2008.
For 2009 and 2010 Julian competed in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series with a best finish of 4th at Brno as well as racing in the Auto GP series in 2010 where he won at the Circuito de Navarra.Julián then competed in both the 2011 and 2012 GP2 Series scoring points in four of the 2012 races. In 2011 Julián raced alongside Fabio Leimer, a partnership that will be renewed for 2013.