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Racing Engineering confirms Leal and Leimer

Fabio Leimer will stay at Racing Engineering for a second season, and he will be joined in 2013 by Colombia's Julián Leal moving into the team from Trident Racing.
Fabio Leimer is to return to GP2 for a second season with Racing Engineering, with the Swiss driver being joined by Colombian star Julian Leal for the 2013 season.

"I am very happy I can drive again with Racing Engineering," said Leimer. "I already felt very comfortable in this team last year, our collaboration was extremely professional and I am happy we can continue to build on this."

Leimer scored a win in his debut for the team in the non-championship GP2 Final event in Abu Dhabi at the end of 2012, but despite featuring toward the front of the grid on many occasions his luck was continually thwarted when it came to the 2012 championship.

Ill luck meant that he failed to win a race last year, although he claimed three second places and three third places over the course of the year. Even so, he was left frustrated to finish in seventh place in the driver standings at the end of the year, and eager for another chance to prove his abilities.

"I am convinced that in 2013 we have very good chances to win the championship," he said. " would also like to thank all those, who are additionally supporting me. It was not easy to obtain the funds for another season in GP2. Now I am optimistically looking forward and am impatiently waiting for the first race on March 23 to start."

Leimer will be joined at the team by 22-year-old Colombian driver Julian Leal, who comes to Racing Engineering after two seasons in GP2, initially with Rapax alongside Leimer in 2011 before moving to Trident Racing last season where he was paired with Stéphane Richelmi.

Leal has yet to clinch a podium position in his time in GP2, and hopes that a move to one of the leading teams in the series will be just the boost he needs.

"Racing Engineering is a team I believe in and where I feel that I can demonstrate the experience I have gained so far," he said. "I am happy we reached agreement and that Racing Engineering will be my team in 2013.

"I will be giving everything to achieve the best possible results," Leal continued. "It is a positive point to be able to work again with Fabio as he is a very fast driver and we will be able to compare the data to continually improve."

Related Pictures

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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, Rapax) during GP2 testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona. Spain in October 2011. [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic.]
Fabio Leimer (SUI, Racing Engineering) out on track in wet conditions at Silverstone. July 2012. (Photo Credit: Daniel Kalisz/GP2 Media Service.)
Fabio Leimer (SUI, Racing Engineering). Portrait. (Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.)
Fabio Leimer (SUI, Racing Engineering) at Marina Bay Circuit, Singapore. 22nd September 2012. (World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Media Service)
Fabio Leimer (SUI, Racing Engineering) in wet conditions at Silverstone. July 2012. (Photo Credit: Daniel Kalisz/GP2 Media Service.)
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