Leal gets second Rapax seat for Asia

Formula Renault 3.5 regular Julian Leal will make his GP2 debut with champion team Rapax in the forthcoming Asia series

Leal gets second Rapax seat for Asia

The 20-year-old Colombian, who was a race-winner in Auto GP alongside his FR3.5 programme last year, has some GP2 experience from testing with Trident Racing in November.

"When I found out that there was a chance to be on-track with Rapax I barely believed it was true," said Leal. "They dominated in 2010, what can I say more? I'm really happy for having had this kind of opportunity and I hope to do well, though I know it won't be easy.

"There are a lot of drivers with many years of GP2 racing behind their shoulders, but on the other hand my goal is to improve lap by lap."

Leal's deal is currently for the Asia series only, though team boss Andrea Bergamini said Rapax was open to extending their relationship.

"We analysed Julian's career and found out he got some really good experience in the Auto GP championship and in the World Series Renault," said Bergamini.

"Plus, in the first test he entered in a GP2 Series car, he proved able to adapt to a new car quickly, and showed a pretty professional approach.

"Our goal will be to provide him with the best possible chance to increase his experience, which is key in such a competitive environment like the GP2 Series. We're proud to contribute to his professional growth and I believe this will be the start of a long and valuable co-operation."

Rapax has already signed second-year GP2 driver Fabio Leimer for a full season in its other car.

shares
comments
Racing Engineering keeps '10 line-up

Previous article

Racing Engineering keeps '10 line-up

Next article

Grosjean sets Abu Dhabi test pace

Grosjean sets Abu Dhabi test pace
Load comments
What next for the enigma "too politically incorrect" for F1? Plus

What next for the enigma "too politically incorrect" for F1?

Having by his own admission "blown my chances" of reaching Formula 1, Dan Ticktum is facing an uncertain future. A driver of unquestioned ability who has at times been his own worst enemy, can he apply his lessons and rebuild his career hopes?

FIA F2
Sep 30, 2021
How F2's biggest talent could be forced to spend 2022 on the bench Plus

How F2's biggest talent could be forced to spend 2022 on the bench

Tipped as the next big thing after winning the FIA Formula 3 championship in his rookie season, Oscar Piastri has taken Formula 2 by storm and looks set to clinch that title too. But with no Formula 1 seat available to him for next year, the Alpine junior may have to wait for his time in the spotlight…

FIA F2
Sep 24, 2021
How Campos Racing has bounced back from its devastating loss Plus

How Campos Racing has bounced back from its devastating loss

After the sudden death of its founder in January, Formula 2 stalwart Campos Racing was left facing its hardest season to date. But new team boss Adrian Jr is determined to honour his father’s legacy and has returned the team to its winning ways

FIA F2
Sep 20, 2021
How F2 and F3's flawed format changes could prove shortlived Plus

How F2 and F3's flawed format changes could prove shortlived

After a chaotic 2020, marred by the coronavirus pandemic, the FIA brought in radical changes to Formula 2 and 3. But less than 12 months later, there are talks of them being reversed after all did not go to plan…

FIA F2
Sep 9, 2021
The Red Bull F1 junior aiming to defy geographical odds Plus

The Red Bull F1 junior aiming to defy geographical odds

It's a long way from Pukekohe New Zealand to Milton Keynes, but Red Bull's Kiwi protege Liam Lawson has defied plenty of odds to reach the rung below F1. He's endured disappointment since winning on his F2 debut in Bahrain, but is determined to turn his season around and prove himself worthy of a place in F1

FIA F2
Jul 27, 2021
How Red Bull's next F1 hopeful turned around his season Plus

How Red Bull's next F1 hopeful turned around his season

Having impressed in Formula 3, Juri Vips looked to be next cab off the rank in Red Bull's prestigious Junior Team before his 2020 schedule was dealt a heavy blow by the COVID-19 pandemic. After a tough start to life in Formula 2, Vips is showing signs of a recovery - could he be the first Estonian to reach Formula 1?

FIA F2
Jun 14, 2021
The making of an F1 hopeful re-writing the F2 record books Plus

The making of an F1 hopeful re-writing the F2 record books

He'd marked himself out as a star of the future in last year's FIA Formula 3 championship, but 17-year-old Theo Pourchaire underlined his credentials by winning his first Formula 2 race in the Monaco feature. Sauber junior status gives him a clear route to the top, but with wisdom beyond his years, he's not getting caught up in his own hype

FIA F2
Jun 3, 2021
The 10 greatest F2 races contested by F1 drivers Plus

The 10 greatest F2 races contested by F1 drivers

Formula 2 used to be about more than providing a stepping stone to F1. For three decades it often provided another setting for the world’s best to fight it out. Autosport picks out the very best races

FIA F2
May 16, 2021