2 more signings prior to first tests

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…

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5 Responses to 2 more signings prior to first tests

  1. Pete A says:

    Another driver widely speculated with AirAsia is Davide Valsecchi. Meanwhile, ItaliaRacing says that Andrea Caldarelli will drive for Ocean. Hoping for Turvey, but not holding out much hope for him.

  2. gp2 insider says:

    Had not heard the Valsecchi rumor, but does make sense as he is the defending Asia champ and he is keen to get a foot in F1, where the Lotus – Air Asia relationship could prove interesting.

    Regarding Ocean, not sure why they’re holding out so long on their announcement. Caldarelli would be a good option and Turvey a great addition, though we know what happened with RSF and his budget for 2011. Pity for the Brit, but Ocean does need the money…

  3. gp2 insider says:

    Actually, just re-reading my own comment… question to you all: can Valsecchi do GP2 Asia this year as he was champ last year? In GP2 Main Series this is not allowed!

  4. Why doesn’t Ocean choose some drivers among the Black Golden Lotus-Proton-Renault test drivers?
    The former F1 French constructor has 5 (!!!) test drivers in a time with lack tests before the season and without tests during it. Bruno Senna, Ho Pin Tung and Charouz will be like decorative frames in the wall ¬¬’

    Probably, Valsecchi will take a seat at Hispania. What is better: defending his GP2 Asia title or spend the rest of the year suferring at the F1 Spanish team?

    And talking about Ho Pin Tung, the Chinese driver already left us a gift: http://colunistas.ig.com.br/grandepremio/2010/11/22/o-legado-de-ho-pin/

    The game is in Portuguese, but it is easy to understand =]

  5. Fujer says:

    Turvey will do GP2 asia with Ocean

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