Colombian driver Julian Leal will stay on with Rapax for the full GP2 Series this year. The 20-year-old Formula Renault 3.5 convert had initially been signed for the Asia series only, but has now extended the deal.
"The first contact with the team proved key in my decision, as I fell in love with the car at the first testing occasion we had last November," Leal explained. "I found out that it's a complete and valuable racecar that provides a great steppingstone for F1. I experienced a great relationship with the Rapax team since the first moment. I'm sure that the team's technical staff and personnel will be able to help me grow up and achieve some valuable results."
Although Leal was in the midfield in Abu Dhabi in his maiden GP2 race, Rapax managing director Andrea Bergamini said he made a good impression.
"His approach to the first round of the season at Abu Dhabi proved extremely professional, despite some unfortunate coincidences preventing him from scoring some well-deserved top-notch results," he said.
Leal joins Fabio Leimer in the Rapax line-up. The team took Pastor Maldonado to last year's GP2 title.