2 more signings prior to first tests
January 31, 2011 5 Comments
2 more driver signings have been announced just in time for Wednesday’s GP2 tests.
First, GP2 champ Rapax Team has signed Colombian driver Julián Leal for its Asia campaign. It is understood that Rapax and Leal are still talking about a GP2 Main Series linkup, but for now the ex-Auto GP and WSR driver will only contest the Asian campaign with the team led by Andrea Bergamini.
Also, Luiz Razia has just been announced as Air Asia’s first signing for 2011. Razia can now be considered a GP2 veteran, and will try to improve his solid season with Rapax last year as Pastor Maldonado’s teammate. Razia will also have a role as reserve driver for Team Lotus, as announced by team owner Tony Fernandes.
Three slot still open: the second seat at Air Asia and both Ocean drives.
Rumors are Air Asia could be set to announce Karun Chandhok as their second driver and F1 reserve driver along Razia, fielding a very experienced team for the rookie outfit. As for Ocean, no clear indication on who could drive. I thought Brandon Hartley was a possibility, but earlier today he tweeted from the UK! Other options could be Antonio Felix da Costa, known protege of team owner Tiago Monteiro. The mystery will be solved in a few hours…