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Leal switches to Carlin for 2014

Julian Leal will move to Carlin for the 2014 season, the British squad revealed on Thursday.
Julian Leal will be one of Carlin's two drivers for the 2014 GP2 Series, the team announced on Thursday.

"We're delighted that Julian is joining our GP2 team for the 2014 season," said team CEO Trevor Carlin. " He is a very experienced driver and will bring a lot to the team. We can't wait to get back on track in March and build on the fantastic progress we made in 2013."

The 23-year-old Colombian is already a veteran of three seasons in the feeder series, having made his début in Turkey with Rapax in 2011 and then having follow-up seasons with Trident and last year with Racing Engineering alongside eventual GP2 champion Fabio Leimer.

"I'm delighted to be racing with Carlin this season", said Leal. "The team were very impressive last year and have a great reputation."

Last year Leal claimed his first podium positions in the championship, with a second place in the Spa sprint race quickly followed by third place two weeks later in the Monza sprint as well. Earlier in the season he also set the fastest laps in the feature races in Bahrain and at the Nurburgring.

As well as his GP2 experience, Leal has also competed in the AutoGP World Series and the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, and was the 2008 F3000 Italy champion. However, he is still completely convinced that GP2 is the right choice for him in 2014 in order to further his racing career.

"The GP2 Series remains the championship to be in, with another fantastic calendar on the F1 support package," said the driver. "Together with Carlin I think we can have a very strong season and I can't wait to get in the car in Abu Dhabi."

Leal will be driving the team's #5 car, with his team mate yet to be announced. Last year, Carlin's line-up consisted of Felipe Nasr and Jolyon Palmer, with the latter having already announced that he is moving to DAMS this season to race alongside Stephane Richelmi.

Leal will make his début with the British team at the first official test at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi from March 11-13.

At the post-season testing at the end of 2013 at the same venue, Leal tried out with Trident, Arden and Hilmer Motorsport before ultimately opting to sign up with Carlin.



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Jolyon Palmer (GBR, Carlin) during the third day of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. Thursday 7th March. (Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) during the third day of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. Thursday 7th March. (Photo Credit: 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) 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.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) elebrate at Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Sunday 27 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) celebrate at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Sunday 27 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Friday 25 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Friday 25 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Friday 25 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Friday 25 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Friday 25 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Friday 25 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering), Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) & Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) on the podium at Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany. Sunday 20 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Marvin Kirchhofer (GER, ART Grand Prix), Alex Lynn (GBR, Carlin) & Emil Bernstorff (GBR, Carlin) celebrate at Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany. Saturday 19 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
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