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Julian Leal, Racing Engineering - Q&A

Julian Leal looks forward to his first outing for Racing Engineering at the three-day test session to be held at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit in Spain starting on the 26th February.
Q:
Julian, after having gained experience in GP2 with other teams, you joined Racing Engineering for 2013. What does this mean to you?

Julian Leal:
The truth is that this is a very important year for me. It's my third year in GP2, so I already have experience, I know the car and the tyres well now and I was therefore looking for a good team. I think with Racing Engineering I can find what I am looking for. I hope that everything works out really well during the season.

More than anything, this is why I joined Racing Engineering, as I was looking for a team to help me validate the experience I have gained up till now.

Q:
You have already had the chance to get to know the team, visit their facilities, and have a glimpse of their work method. What are your first impressions?

Julian Leal:
My first impressions are that this is a very well organised team, very united, which is something very important for me. All the mechanics talk to each other, as do the engineers, they all share information and I think this is the way to grow as a team.

The facilities appear to be very good. The team has its own simulator, but also one by Bhai Tech, which is a big help for the drivers. All this has given me some very good impressions.

Q:
Not too long and the first test days in Jerez take place. Are you excited?

Julian Leal:
Of course, I am. I cannot wait for the chance to get into the Racing Engineering car for the first time; I am working hard on my preparation for this. I have been working on my physical preparation constantly in Italy. Now we will work on the technical preparations using the simulator. Jerez, like Barcelona, is a fast track with quick and slow corners, very technical, and I think it's a great opportunity to test the Racing Engineering car on tracks like these.

Q:
What have you done during winter to prepare yourself for this season?

Well, I think that preparation never finishes. I was working on my physical preparation all the time, not like in Europe, as there it is practically the only thing I! do all day long, but in Colombia I trained once per day and also took advantage of being there, so I really enjoyed spending time with my family as I usually don't see them too much. I always took time to train and I don't think I will have any physical problems.

Q:
In a month's time there will be the first GP2 race of the 2013 season taking place. What are your expectations for this season?

Julian Leal:
I hope that this will be a very positive and very good year. I hope to continue to learn many things, validate the many things I have learned until now. I hope to be able to show everyone what I am really capable of.

Racing Engineering is a very good team and I hope that together we can do a very good job and achieve results that are satisfying for both of us.



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Julian Leal (COL, Trident Racing) involved in the skirmishes through turn 1 of the 2012 Monaco feature race. May 25, 2012. [Photo Credit: Charles Coates/GP2 Media Service.]
Julian Leal (COL, Trident Racing) in action during 2012 GP2 Series Testing. Barcelona, Spain. March 2012. [World Copyright: Daniel Kalisz/GP2 Series Media Service.]
Julian Leal (COL, Trident Racing) gets ready for the start of the second day of testing at Jerez, Spain on February 29, 2012. [Picture Credit: Daniel Kalisz/GP2 Media Service]
Julian Leal (COL, Trident Racing) ahead of qualifying in Hungary. (Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.)
Julian Leal (COL) testing with Trident Racing at Jerez in the post-season GP2 test session on November 23 2012. (Photo Credit: Malcolm Griffiths/GP2 Series Media Service)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the second of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing on Thursday, April 17 2014. (Photo Credit: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the second of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing on Thursday, April 17 2014. (Photo Credit: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the second of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing on Thursday, April 17 2014. (Photo Credit: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the second of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing on Thursday, April 17 2014. (Photo Credit: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the second of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing on Thursday, April 17 2014. (Photo Credit: Andrew Ferraro/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the first of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing on Wednesday, April 16 2014. (Photo Credit: Andrew Ferraro/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Simon Trummer (SUI, Rapax), leads Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & Julian Leal (COL, Carlin) at the start of Race 2 at Bahrain International Circuit on Sunday 6 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), 1st, Simon Trummer (SUI, Rapax), 2nd, & Julian Leal (COL, Carlin), 3rd, take the chequered flag at the end of Race 2 at Bahrain International Circuit on Sunday 6 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), celebrates his win in parc ferme after Race 2 at Bahrain International Circuit on Sunday 6 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), celebrates his win with his mechanics after Race 2 at Bahrain International Circuit on Sunday 6 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Jolyon Palmer, Simon Trummer and Julian Leal celebrate on the podium after Race 2 at Bahrain International Circuit on Sunday 6 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), receives his 3rd place trophy after Race 1 at Bahrain International Circuit on Saturday 5 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), is interviewed on the podium after Race 1 at Bahrain International Circuit on Saturday 5 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)

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