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Leimer and Leal turn out for Racing Engineering

Leimer and the team will be hoping to build on what they've learned this week in the second three-day test, this time across country at the Circuit de Catalunya on March 5-7.

"I think we are in a very good place for next week's test in Barcelona, where we can test even more things as we also have a race on that track," Leimer said. "Overall, I am very happy with these test days - it went better than I expected and I think this is promising for the future."

While Leimer's new team mate wasn't able to make a proper year-on-year comparison in the status of the Racing Engineering car, Leal too said that the testing so far had been really positive.

"I am happy, as the race simulation went very well as well and we were good at managing the tyres," said the 22-year-old from Colombia. "In the end we found a very good solution. During the three days we improved the car and prepared it more and more to make me feel comfortable."

With the team based in nearby SanlĂșcar de Barrameda, Racing Engineering are enjoying a small advantage over their rivals with the testing being held in their backyard in Spain.

"I like the track and I am happy as we had good results in Jerez and know there are still areas where we can improve," said Leal. "In Barcelona we will continue working from this base and the test there will be very important as it's a track we race on later this year."

The Spanish race weekend is scheduled for May 10-12 with GP2 supporting the F1 Grand Prix event. Spain is the third weekend in this year's race calendar following events in Malaysia and Bahrain, and will be held a fortnight before the jewel in the crown for both the F1 and GP2 seasons - in Monaco.

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Fabio Leimer (SUI, Racing Engineering) on the first day of 2013 GP2 Series Testing at the Circuit de Jerez in Spain. Tuesday 26th February 2013. (Photo copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Fabio Leimer (SUI, Racing Engineering) on the first day of 2013 GP2 Series Testing at the Circuit de Jerez in Spain. Tuesday 26th February 2013. (Photo copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Fabio Leimer (SUI, Racing Engineering) testing at Jerez, Spain. Wednesday 27th February 2013. (Photo Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Fabio Leimer (SUI, Racing Engineering) testing at Jerez, Spain. Wednesday 27th February 2013. (Photo Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Julian Leal (COL, Racing Engineering) car during testing at Jerez, Spain. Wednesday 27th February 2013. (Photo Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Julian Leal (COL, Racing Engineering) car during testing at Jerez, Spain. Wednesday 27th February 2013. (Photo Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Fabio Leimer (SUI, Racing Engineering) testing at Jerez, Spain. Thursday 28th February 2013. (Photo Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Fabio Leimer (SUI, Racing Engineering) testing at Jerez, Spain. Thursday 28th February 2013. (Photo Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Raffaele Marciello (ITA, Racing Engineering) in pit lane at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Raffaele Marciello (ITA, Racing Engineering) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Pierre Gasly (FRA, EQ8 Caterham Racing) in pit lane at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
The car of Pierre Gasly (FRA, EQ8 Caterham Racing) is retrieved after a first lap accident at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Rio Haryanto (INA, EQ8 Caterham Racing) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Rio Haryanto (INA, EQ8 Caterham Racing) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) crosses the line at the end of race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)

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