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More drivers confirmed for Barcelona test

Meanwhile, Trident Racing has confirmed that it will be taking a trio of drivers to Barcelona, with their regular 2012 GP2 driver Julian Leal taking the lead role on both days. He'll be joined on Tuesday by Marcus Ericsson, who spent this year in GP2 with iSport; and on Wednesday by Stéphane Richelmi who had been partnered with Leal in the team for his first full season in GP2 in 2012.

"From a technical point of view, the two-day test will provide the team with a great opportunity to try a lot of possible set-up solutions," the team said in a press release ahead of the two-day test. "The work has already been programmed and will mainly involve Leal."

Richelmi will also spend Tuesday at Catalunya working with the Lotus GP2, where he will be joined by 19-year-old German driver Daniel Abt who just finished as runner-up in this year's GP3 Series.

The newest team on the grid, Venezuela GP Lazarus, has announced that Rene Binder and Kevin Giovesi will be working with them this week at Catalunya. 20-year-old Austrian Binder spent most of 2012 competing in German Formula 3, but the team brought him into GP2 for the final three race weekends of the year at Spa, Monza and Singapore as a replacement for Giancarlo Serenelli.

"Binder has positively surprised us in his debut at Spa, so it seemed to us natural to continue together, trying to go faster and faster," said team principal Tancredi Pagiaro.

Giovesi spent his year split between European F3 Open and Italian Formula 3 European Series, but it was in the European F3 Open Championship Cup (formerly Spanish Formula Three) that he had his biggest success, claiming nine wins and ten pole positions with DAV Racing.

"Giovesi is having a great season in European F3 Open and now will be faced with a car much more demanding than those he had drive right now," Pagiaro continued. "It will be a very important test and we will give all the best to preparing the next season."

Last week (see separate story for full details), Rapax confirmed that Stefano Coletti would be joined by Formula 3 Euro Series champion Daniel Juncadella, while iSport will be fielding Argentina's Facu Regalia and Norway's Pal Verhaug for a day each alongside their regular 2012 driver Jolyon Palmer.

Regalia will also spend a day with Racing Engineering, who will also be trying out Brazil's André Negrão, Canada's Gianmarco Raimondo and Dutch driver Nigel Melker.

Caterham are looking pretty set on Alexander Rossi after naming him to test for them at both Barcelona and November's second two-day test at Jerez. He'll be joined at Barcelona by Brazilian driver Lucas Foresti.

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Nigel Melker (NED, Ocean Racing Technology) during day 1 of GP2 Series Pre-Season Testing at Jerez, Spain - Tuesday, February 28, 2012 [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/ GP2 Series Media Service.]
Stephane Richelmi (MON, Trident Racing) replaces Stefano Coletti at Monza. [Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
GP2 Testing at Circuit de Catalunya. [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic.]
Rene Binder (AUT, Venezuela GP Lazarus) during Friday morning practice at Spa. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.)
Julian Leal (COL, Rapax) during GP2 testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona. Spain in October 2011. [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic.]
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Dams) in Monaco. May 2012. (Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.)
Rio Haryanto (INA, Dams) at the GP2 Final in Abu Dhabi - November 2011. [Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
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