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Highs and lows for Racing Engineering

Even more unfortunately for the team, Calado's collision with Leimer had sent the ART spinning out of control into an impact with the team's second driver Juliàn Leal, whose car sustained serious damage through no fault of the young Colombian's and which retired on the spot.

"It was a very short race for me. It was a shame as I expected a very good position today," said Leal. "The car was okay, so I think if we had finished the race, we could have been on the podium. But this is how races are and we have to look ahead and continue to work into this direction."

"Obviously these are very disappointing results for both drivers," admitted the team's sporting director Thomas Couyotopoulo of the Sunday outcome. "As a team we were in a good position to score a lot of points, but in the end we scored none.

"It's disappointing as, given our starting positions, expectations were high and even though he didn't do it on purpose, both cars were affected by Calado's contact with them," he added.

But Leimer for one was looking on the bright side of things and focussing on what the team had achieved on Saturday rather than dwelling on the circumstances out of their control on the Sunday.

"Overall for sure this was a strong weekend," he insisted. "We were quick in qualifying and won the first race, so I think we are on the right path, and I think in Bahrain we can fight for the win again."

Round 2 at Sakhir International Circuit, Bahrain will be held on April 19-21. Leimer heads into the event in second place in the GP2 Series driver championship, 11 points adrift of Rapax's Stefano Coletti.

In the team standings, Racing Engineering is just seven points behind Rapax despite its pointless finish to the second day in Malaysia.



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Julian Leal (COL, Racing Engineering) during the second day of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. Wednesday 6th March. (Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Fabio Leimer (SUI, Racing Engineering) during qualifying at Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia - March 22 2013. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Fabio Leimer (SUI, Racing Engineering) celebrates his victory in the Malaysia feature race - March 23 2013. (World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) celebrates at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Saturday 26 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) celebrates at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Saturday 26 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) celebrates at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Saturday 26 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) celebrates at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Saturday 26 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) celebrates at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Saturday 26 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) wins at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Saturday 26 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) celebrates at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Saturday 26 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) celebrates at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Saturday 26 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) celebrates at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Saturday 26 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) celebrates at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Saturday 26 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Richie Stanaway (NZL, Status Grand Prix) and Robert Visoiu (ROU, Arden International) race for the lead at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Saturday 26 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Richie Stanaway (NZL, Status Grand Prix), Nick Yelloly (GBR, Status Grand Prix) and Robert Visoiu (ROU, Arden International) on the podium at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Saturday 26 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Richie Stanaway (NZL, Status Grand Prix) and Nick Yelloly (GBR Status Grand Prix) celebrate on the podium at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Saturday 26 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Richie Stanaway (NZL, Status Grand Prix) celebrates at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Saturday 26 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Richie Stanaway (NZL, Status Grand Prix) celebrates at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Saturday 26 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)

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